1 Year old with a new pup

I wanted to gather as much information about introducing a female pup into my house.
What works vs. what doesn't work.
We have a 1 year old male who is not neutered. He loves to play and tends to nip when too excited. He gets along great with our 4 year old cat but when they play they bite each other. I am concerned that our boy may accidently hurt the little pup not knowing it.
We also don't want our boy jealous. We have spoiled him :p
We will be moving into our new house so all the animals will be unsure of the environment. No territorial issues 😃
Thanks!

Ok, so you have a dog with adding a new puppy?
Some adults don't see puppies as babies.
Some do…some will paw the puppy, put it in their mouths like a play toy.
YOU have to watch, protect and defend the pup until the adult decides this is a dog.
Some will have no issue, and that is great.
The ones that do can cause damage if your not on top of the adult dog.

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Last February, Duke was just over a year old when we brought 9 week old Daisy into our life. It was so comical to see them running and playing. Though Daisy was so much smaller than Duke, she could get under the sofa and under and thru so many other things to keep Duke off of her. It quickly became her game. Than as she grew (quickly) I became worried for Duke, because she became relentless biting him with her razor sharp puppy teeth. I thought - well that's carma for you Duke. She's getting you back now for all the harrassment you put her thru in the beginning.

Chances of him hurting the pup is slim… it will be the other way around.. with those razor sharp teeth.... and Chance at time will not be happy... you will have "lots" of noise... But I know Chance and I think he will be happy with a playmate.... just know that the noise is normal!!!

@sharronhurlbut:

Ok, so you have a dog with adding a new puppy?
Some adults don't see puppies as babies.
Some do…some will paw the puppy, put it in their mouths like a play toy.
YOU have to watch, protect and defend the pup until the adult decides this is a dog.
Some will have no issue, and that is great.
The ones that do can cause damage if your not on top of the adult dog.

OMG…Congrats Vanessa...are you getting one of the tri-girls that you posted about earlier? That's awesome!!!!!

I don't have any experience with introducing a puppy, but I saw Ruby's reaction this weekend to a 5 week old puppy that someone was holding, and I'm quite convinced that if I wasn't holding onto Ruby very tightly, there would have been a problem. She was twitching and excited, just like she is when she sees a rabbit or cat when she's outside...very interesting reaction.

Granted, the puppy was smaller than yours will be when she comes home, but after what I saw, it does seem like Sharron has a really good point about defending the pup until Chance realizes she is a dog.

Again, I have seen and met Chances, not much chance in a problem.. IMO… and they know right away that it is a pup... really....

The fact that you were holding Ruby so tight might have been the problem.. since she couldn't get close... it made it that more excitable for her.... and remember that your feelings/concerns will go right through your hand to her...

That's a good point, Pat…hadn't thought of that.

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Vanessa - I also had your concern in the beginning with Duke. It was less than an hour when I saw the interaction between them, that Duke knew she was a puppy doggy, not prey. I have some pics of them meeting - very cute. But I too was worried my very strong, bone headed boy Duke would be too rough.

The most problem I would expect that Chance might have is that after a couple of hours, he might look to Mom and Dad as if to say "Hey, it can go home now"….ggggg

It has been 7 years since I brought Rally home to meet Nicky but I remember very well what we did. My flight came in late in the evening so rather than bring Nicky to the airport we opted to take the two for a walk together when we got home. When Nicky first laid eyes on Rally he gave us a look that clearly said, "You brought home the wrong color, go take it back." We went for a walk around the block, Rally was interested in all the new scents and sights and Nicky was able to investigate her without having her jumping all over him. When we crossed the threshold with both of them you could tell it him, "OMG, she's staying." As soon as we took his leash off he jumped in the recliner and turned his back to all us, like if he wished hard enough she would just go away. That lasted right up until our cat Spot came to investigate and she started to play with the cat, at that moment it was like "Hey, that's my cat, if you want to play with something, play with me." After that they were fine. He was still convinced that I had brought home the wrong color but was resigned to raising his niece. In his old age, he still dislikes black and white boys with quite a prejudice but loves Rally and her black and white daughter Sophie.

Lisa, I like the idea of taking them for a walk so they can meet on neutral grounds 😃
We really want to make sure that this goes as smooth as possible. We want to give as much time and care to the pup but don't want to exclude Chance.

For the first couple days should keep them separated by a baby gate? I don't want it to be the type of situation where anytime I put the girl down, Chance will want to play and possibly play too rough.

Chance has a great temperament but he gets spun up really quick and may think this is one of his toys that he can thrash around :eek:

@Vanessa:

Lisa, I like the idea of taking them for a walk so they can meet on neutral grounds 😃
We really want to make sure that this goes as smooth as possible. We want to give as much time and care to the pup but don't want to exclude Chance.

For the first couple days should keep them separated by a baby gate? I don't want it to be the type of situation where anytime I put the girl down, Chance will want to play and possibly play too rough.

Chance has a great temperament but he gets spun up really quick and may think this is one of his toys that he can thrash around :eek:

Remember, your new pup will NOT be leash trained, lucky if even has had a collar on.. I know they have not as of yet… so be careful with a walk idea... IMO, there is no reason to separate them, unless it really seems that there is a serious problem. The thing that is need is a "safe" high place for Chance to get to from the pup if he wants. Believe me, pups are tough and there is no way that Chance will be too rough... again IMO... And he will not think the pups is a toy....
IMO, I would bring the pup home, introduce to Chance and put them in the yard....

puppies are made of rubber, lol, at least thats what it seems like.

I'm sure they will be fine, and I agree with Pat that it might be Chance that needs a safe spot from a terrorizing pup

Pat, I guess I have to get the notion that chance will hurt the pup out of my head. I need to focus on a place for chance to get away from the pup! 🙂
This is going to be fun 😉

Even if the puppy is not leashed trained you can take it for a "walk" just let the puppy pick a direction so that Chance and the pup can interact or choose not interact. That is really the key, neutral territory and an activity where they dogs can choose to interact or ignore each other.

At home when not supervised, the pup should be crated to help with housebreaking. When someone is supervising then I see no reason that they should be separated but Chance will want a place to go for "alone time".

@Vanessa:

Pat, I guess I have to get the notion that chance will hurt the pup out of my head. I need to focus on a place for chance to get away from the pup! 🙂
This is going to be fun 😉

Exactly!!!! You guys and Chance will need the "away" time…..but again, remember you will have lots of noise... I remember when Ann took Kobey home... I warned her about the noise... and Crystal loves Kobey, but when he got way to out of hand... she let him have it... growling and snarling... and that was just to get his attention for 30 seconds... remember for the most part, Chance will become the new chew stick that you were when Chance was a baby and you brought him home.

As far as a "walk" sure you can let the pup pick the way... I still would worry as I know these pups have not had collars at all... and sometimes that is worse then the leash..gggg.... and these pups will have had only one set of shots... if going home at 8wks...

When Ann took Kobey home he had one one set of shots .. so anyplace other then home was out of the question.... but they had the meet and greet in the back yard and there was no problems... again, Crystal was thrilled with the pup...

The pup won't be coming home till at least 11 or 12 weeks. We are in the process of moving into our new house and don't want to bring a new pup into that environment. We want the painting finished and our furniture in first 🙂
Maybe this is a good thing then…Chance has been picking on our cat and treating him like a chew toy. The cat does not mind and I think he actually enjoys it (my cat is odd) but now Chance will know how it feels to be picked on. Our poor cat :rolleyes:

@Vanessa:

The pup won't be coming home till at least 11 or 12 weeks. We are in the process of moving into our new house and don't want to bring a new pup into that environment. We want the painting finished and our furniture in first 🙂
Maybe this is a good thing then…Chance has been picking on our cat and treating him like a chew toy. The cat does not mind and I think he actually enjoys it (my cat is odd) but now Chance will know how it feels to be picked on. Our poor cat :rolleyes:

You might want to then see if you can get a collar over to Leightons to put on your girl so that she gets used to it…..and yes, Chance will get a "taste" of his own "medicine..."...:D

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