Getting a puppy with an older dog?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

It can definitely go well!

When I was still at home, my family got a puppy (10 weeks). Our other dog was probably around 8 years old at that point. She was actually fairly aggressive and protective too. She wasn’t socialized well as a puppy, so she wasn’t used to other dogs except for one she encountered who attacked her.

They were totally fine though. The older dog wasn’t aggressive or anything, but you could tell she was annoyed! Hah. The puppy wanted to play and nip at her all the time, and the older dog would just give her a look and walk away when she was tired of it.

This went on for a few weeks, with the older dog not wanting anything to do with the puppy. But then slowly but surely she began playing a bit, and soon enough they were buds. It’s been around 5 years now, and they get along great. Never had a problem.

So don’t be alarmed if they aren’t buddies right away. They’ll get used to each other. Give the older dog a break sometimes and play with the puppy alone. Then play with the older dog alone. Make sure they get individual attention.

And of course, introduce the puppy slowly at first, and see if your current dog does react well and if it will be a good fit.

Post # 3
4649 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

RunnerBride13:  Long story short, I got a puppy when my dog was older and she really liked playing with him. She looooves puppies. But she stopped as he got bigger than her and honestly I think he caused her some back problems. Puppies are definitely a pain in the butt for anything, including when it comes to an older dog. Fast forward, I still have older dog, first puppy lives with ex, I’ve adopted 3 more dogs and one is a puppy that tries to play with her from time to time. I definitely make sure he’s not in her face because she’ll be 16 soon!!

Now, having said all that (and there are long back stories – they are all rescues), you could adopt a dog that is 1 or 2 and some of that crazy puppy-ness will be out of them. I swore I’d never get another puppy. Love them though I do, they are a paaaaain. I got my old dog when she was 2.5 and it was perfect! Pretty much potty trained. More mellow.

Anyway, whatever you do, good luck! It’ll be FUN!

Post # 4
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ehhh I don’t think I would get a puppy with a 13 year old dog, especially if she’s never lived with another dog before. That’s a big adjustment IMO. I could never forgive myself if she didn’t like the puppy for whatever reason.

Post # 6
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

RunnerBride13:  Do a test run by asking a few friends if you can dogsit for them.  We did this with our dog and he did not react well.  In fact, he had a stress induced seizure the next day.  As a result we decided against getting another dog until after our Bru passes.

Post # 8
7188 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

In my experiences, getting a puppy seems to age the older dog quite rapidly.

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