Post # 1
My Fiance and I are thinking about adding a golden doodle to our little family. Right now we have a pomeranian. I am worried because she is so small (only 4 pounds) and a bit delicate to say the least (aka.. super wimpy). I am worried that when we buy a bigger dog, the puppy will already be bigger than her.
Does anyone have any experience with how to bring a bigger dog into the house smoothly? Also, any recommendations as to genders? Our pom is a female, and we read that it is best when bringing in a new dog to bring in the opposite gender.
Any advice is appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t have any suggestions other than to PLEASE keep them locked in seperate rooms when they’re not both in your eyesight. Big dogs aren’t always gentle. When my mom was younger, her big dog smooshed and killed her little dog by accident. Please keep them safe!
Post # 4
How old is your Pom? Age of dogs definitely contributes to how well they do (generally) with new dogs. Our oldest was only about 6 months old when we brought home her brother, so they pretty much “grew up” together. We’ve never had any issues. Though we did get a male dog and not a female, as I have heard the same things you have about gender.
Also: Don’t underestimate your little one! In our house, our smaller one (who at 35 lbs sounds huge compared to 4 lbs, but whatever) totally runs the doggy world. Our bigger dog (who weighs closer to 65) is much more easy going and chill. Our little one is the playful goofy acting one always trying to get his big sister to play. And when she gives in and plays with him, she is very gentle and never hurts him. If they are playing tug you can literally SEE her back off when she is pulling too hard, and half the time she just sits still with it in her mouth and we giggle as the little one is running backwards and doing gymnastics to “win.” She lets him win sometimes.
I do think the smart things to do are to socialize them the way the pros say to – Introduce the new dogs scent by going inside and greeting your dog as normal with the scent of the new dog on you. Be happy and joyful, full of praise. Your dog will associate that smell with = yay happy! Also, if you can, introduce your new dog to the house without your other dog present so new dog has time to digest new surroundings and associate the smell of your other dog with “yay happy” and new home too. I have also read that you should have your new dog in a crate and let old dog sniff and whatever. I have never actually done this last bit, only something I have read/heard, but who knows. Maybe research that.
Keep eyes on both of them at all times. You know your dog best, you know when she is agitated or ticked off. Keep an eye on it and always monitor. I think the key is never to get too lax in that because, like PP said, accidents do happen when there are size differences. I think because our smaller one is still quite big/hardy, it has been a non-issue for us.