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Best way to introduce our dog to the new puppy we are getting next saturday?

We have a year and a half old Siberian Husky/German Shepherd mix. We've had her since she was 8 weeks old. Next Saturday we are picking up a new Siberian Husky puppy (who will be 8 weeks old). What is the best way to introduce them to each other, with the less stress possible for them both?

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Asked by HeatherReneeB at 11:00 PM on Sep. 18, 2010 in Pets

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  • have one in one room and one in the other and let them sniff each other under the door for a little while. and put both on a leash when you introduce them, that way you have control of the situation.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 11:02 PM on Sep. 18, 2010

  • puppies will be fine together. I think the older one will let the pup know when its had enough as well. The older one may take over as the mommy too:) good luck

    Answer by babybutastink at 11:02 PM on Sep. 18, 2010

  • Some dogs are leash aggressive. Most dogs do best meeting unleashed. I have always just taken the older dogs with me to pick up the new puppy and thrown them all in the back seat together and it was perfect.

    Answer by ecodani at 11:06 PM on Sep. 18, 2010

  • None of those things.

    When you come home with the puppy get out of the car and walk over to the side of the road, or an empty field if there is one near you or somewhere neutral. Then, have someone take your husky mix and walk to where you are and let him sniff the puppy while you are holding it. Then, put the puppy down and watch for signs of ANY type of aggression on your older dogs part. Any growling and give a sharp NO. DO NOT pick up the puppy unless the older dog starts to look as if he might start fighting.

    Once the introduction outside is done. Take the pup and older dog in the house and keep the puppy close to you while the older dog is allowed to roam free...again watching for any signs of aggression..

    DO NOT just bring the dog inside, DO NOT just throw them in the backyard to see what happens and DO NOT let them try to figure it out on their own....

    Answer by Acid at 9:55 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Bring the puppy in and put it in its crate, let your older dog check him out through the crate, and recognize its dominance over this puppy so it wil not feel threatened.

    Then slowly - calmly allow the pup out with you on the floor and allow your older dog to come and interact. All praise. encourage loving behaviour.

    Never leave the two dogs together unattended until you are absolutely sure (weeks if not months) of how they interact and that they do so safely.

    Answer by FooLynRoo at 1:31 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • I have actually heard to take the first dog w/you when you pick out a puppy to see if they get along. But if you have already picked one out I think the crate idea is pretty safe, & I wouldn't leave them alone. The older dog is definately going to be the dominate dog, and she'll let the puppy know that in her own way. I don't think it will take too long before you know when they are able to be left together w/out worrying, but don't rush it.

    Answer by MyAngel003 at 2:04 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Oh, we don't plan to rush anything. Both dogs have their own crates, and will go into them when we are not there. It was just how to introduce them for the first time. :)

    Comment by HeatherReneeB (original poster) at 2:08 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • yeah make sure they got their own space

    Answer by mekarevell at 6:54 AM on Sep. 20, 2010

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