Simple Solution For Introducing A Puppy To A Senior Dog

by Alessia

When dogs start to get a bit older, most owners start to think about adding a puppy to the mix for a number of reasons (i.e. always having a dog in the house despite the inevitable, to keep the senior dogs on their toes and their energy up as much as possible in their later years). However, it may seem like your dog will not be receptive to a puppy because of their brazen curiosity and ability to get themselves into just about any type of trouble. A simple solution for introducing a puppy to a senior dog is thinking about dogs in terms of children (not that children are dogs, you get me).


When a child is born, usually his parents are young enough to keep up with him and have the energy to teach and play. When a dog is an adult, but not yet a senior, that is when they are in their prime to raise a pup as their own and show them the way through their early stages of life. So in this scenario, senior dogs are like grandparents. They’ve already raised their own children and they just want to visit with their grandkids (quietly) to spoil them and read to them and do grandparent things (quietly). So what do parents of children do before taking their kids to grandma’s house? They tire them out so that they’re ready to be read to and spoiled (in an ideal world, this is how it would work, but in the world of parenting, I would assume that you bring the child as they are to grandma’s without a care in the world as you are just excited to get a few hours to yourself while they’re on babysitting duty. But I digress).


So when introducing a puppy to a senior dog, you want to tire the puppy out as much as possible before the two (or more) dogs spend some time together. The more tired the puppy, the less they will try to chew on the senior dog’s ears and play with all of their toys (read: tear them to shreds). The introductions can be slow at first, making sure that the dogs all get along and you feel comfortable lengthening their time together. For some pairs of dogs, this will be a breeze, but for others it may take some time, which is something to most definitely consider when thinking about adding a new dog to the family with a senior dog already in the mix.

Stay calm and constantly supervise until you are sure that the dogs are socialized with each other. If you feel that a puppy is the wrong move no matter how badly to want one, don’t do it for you, think about your pooch and what he needs first.

Alessia xx

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