After careful thought and consideration, you make the decision, take the plunge, and welcome a new puppy into your home. One of the first and biggest challenges you face is how to make sure it’s you, not your older dog, that becomes the focus of your puppy’s world. It may sound easy, but believe me, it’s not all that straightforward. Think about it: you have to become more motivating and appealing than your pup’s own species!
INDIVIDUAL TIME You must spend quality,individual time with the puppy.When doing this, you must make sure you don’t let your other dog become jealous and feel pushed out. To prevent this from happening, I like to make
sure I’ve lined up a treat in the form of an enrichment activity for my older dog, such as giving them a bone or a Kong
stuffed with treats.
SOCIALISATION & HABITUATION You need to make sure your pup grows up to be confident in his own right. To achieve this you must ensure you socialise and habitualise the puppy without your other dog present. That said, if your pup is displaying any fear, it may help him gain confidence if he’s in the company of your older dog, so long as the older dog is confident. Once the puppy is happy with things while the dog’s there, you can then reintroduce the pup to that particular scenario without the older dog around.
One of the most common mistakes made is for the two dogs to be allowed constant access to one another; invariably this leads to them play fighting. While pups need to learn to play and get along with other dogs, remember most eight-weekold pups will have been living with their mother and siblings, so they’re already quite well versed in the art of canine communication. In fact, letting the pair play fight can actually lead to massive problems.
This is because the older dog, by virtue of his size, will often allow quite rough play, and by doing so he inadvertently teaches the pup to be overboisterous and impolite when greeting and playing with other canines. This often ends up with the young dog being told off or put in his place by others, which can result in him becoming wary around other dogs.