Post # 1
I have an 11 year old westie that I’ve had since she was 8-9 weeks old. We had two other dogs when I lived with my parents, but I’ve since moved out and she’s been an only “child” for a few years now. She’s my baby and is spoiled rotten!
DH and I came home with a new puppy last night and my senior can’t stand her. I of course realize it hasn’t even been 24 hours but wanted to see if anyone has any tips or experience in getting an old dog to bond with a new one? It breaks my heart to see my senior so annoyed and stressed 🙁
Post # 3
I got a new puppy last weekend and my 7 year old corgi is not very happy about it. I’d like to know what advice you get.
Post # 4
@MrsTillerResq: I’m also following for advice! We have a 9 yr olde English bulldog and we rescued a 5 mo old bulldog about 2 weeks ago.
The first week my bulldog wouldn’t go near the puppy. We just finished the second week and he will now at least be near him but shows no reaction to him and hasn’t wanted to play with him. I will say I see a slight difference betw week 1 and 2 thou….. I think it’s just gonna take time!
Im finding myself trying to overly spoil my senior bulldog cause I’m afraid hes stressed or thinking we are trying to replace him. We lost our golden retriever 4 months ago to cancer and he grew up with our bulldog…. We all miss our golden dearly and I hope our bulldog comes to accept the new bulldog.
Post # 5
My senior Golden was almost 10 when we got a new puppy. He had been an only dog for those 10 years, so he did not like the new puppy at first. What worked for us was that the puppy had to acknowledge who was “boss” and after 2 weeks they were best buds. The puppy learned alot (good and bad!) from our older dog. Our senior Golden boy just passed away last month, 6 months shy of turning 13, and our baby Golden boy misses his pal 🙁
Give it some time, some breeds take more time to adjust. We also bought the new puppy his own toys, that way our older dog did not feel like his toys were being taken away.
Hope this helps a little bit!
Post # 6
Got a new puppy six months ago, have had my older male dog for about 10 years. He has always been very playful, but I also felt bad when we first brought the puppy home. I made sure to give him lots of normal attention so he didn’t feel replaced, and now they are best friends. They still get on each others nerves, but they really love each other. Give it time, set a normal routine, and they will grow to love each other too.
Post # 7
It took our 8y/o Dog 6months to finally warm up to the new puppy. At first he ignored her and would get up and move if she got close. Then after about 3 months he would tolerate her for a short time and then snap at her when he had enough. At 6 months he started playing with her for short periods of time and now after 10 months they play together all the time! He has lost a much needed 20lbs! Both are German Shepherds. Hang in there, it should get better with time.
Post # 8
@Dec2012Bride: @NinjaDuck: Thank you both so much! This makes me feel better. It just makes me sad that my old girl is annoyed 🙁
Post # 9
@JuJuBeans: Awesome!! I hope that’s the case here! I think it will be eventually. I was just really surprised that my senior didn’t want ANYTHING to do with her.
Post # 10
I don’t think ANY dog is happy to have the attention taken off them 😉 My parents have had their lab for 6 years as an only dog, and just introduced a new lab puppy to her. She hated her at first, wanted nothing to do with her…but once she realized she could actually have a buddy to play with she loved her! She just needed to warm up to her. The puppy will still sometimes get too crazy for her, and she will growl or snap and then everything is okay again. Now they do everything together.
Post # 11
I’m glad I’m not the only one! We brought a new puppy home 2 days ago and my 2 year old is not liking him! I’ve been trying to give me 2 year old extra attention but she already snapped at the puppy once and well he got scared. I heard its normal but it’s sad 🙁 and stressfull but patience I guess!
Post # 12
Most dogs will warm up to at least tolerating the other dog.
Just a few pointers to make things smoother (take them or leave them)….
Don’t tell off your other dog when they growl/snap at the puppy. The puppy needs to learn the other dog’s boundaries and you don’t want the older dog to stop giving these warnings and resort to biting to get the point across. Be on hand to take puppy away when the older dog lets the pup know that they aren’t welcome in the older dog’s personal space.
Limit the amount of time the puppy gets to be around the other dog. A few seconds at a time and then take the puppy away before the other dog gets annoyed. This will help teach the older dog that puppy time is enjoyable and you will manage the situation appropriately so the older dog doesn’t have to. You can also give the older dog treats when the puppy is around, so he/she will associate the puppy with good things.
Make sure you are giving your older dog the same amount of attention and exercise as before puppy, so the other dog doesn’t feel neglected.
Hope all is going well!
Post # 13
I have cats, but it’s the same thing! My girl was an only child for about 10 months when we brought a kitten home. She was piiiissed. She’d hiss, he’d eat all her food, and she wanted nothing to do with him. They aren’t best friends but she at least likes to play with him now. She loves beating him up and he loves it. He’s her squeeky toy. Lol. But, it took a good 6-7 months for her to warm up.
Post # 14
Create boundries for the puppy. What was Westie’s shall remain Westie’s. If Westie was a couch dog, he should remain king of the couch, and the puppy gets second dibs- not first.
Treat it like the new baby when you have a young child. How do you show the young child that the baby is NOT more loved?
Post # 15
Just like a new baby, it’s going to take everyone a little time to adjust!
Post # 16
@fvsoccer: Thanks for the great tips!! My westie is slowly getting to the point where she’ll at least tolerate her and they played for a few minutes for the first time a couple nights ago! It was awesome! If you want to see my fur babies, here they are 🙂
This is Joey:
And the newest addition, Allie: