Introducing a new English Springer to our 12 year old Springer

by Joe
(Richmond, MN)

We have the perfect 12 year old English Springer, and we just broght home a new 4 month old puppy. Much confusion our older dog and want ideas to have them "Bond"


From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com
Hi there
Just let them work it out between them and they will be ok. Also make sure your older dog has a place to escape to so he can get away from the puppy's antics.


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Feb 03, 2012
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any feedback on younger dogs? NEW
by: karen

hi there,
we have a 9 mnth old male called cooper, he is a wonderful animal with a great temperament toward our children,cats and other dogs generally.
we are just looking for some advice as we intend to add another springer to our family, however we are unsure about whether to introduce another dog or a bitch. our preference would be a bitch although we have no intentions to breed from them. all advice welcome
many thanks..

Jan 06, 2012
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THANK YOU from the 12 Year old! NEW
by: Anonymous

I just wanted to say "Thanks" to everyone on behalf of our 12 year old Zues. If he could talk, he would confirm his frustrations at first with Jaspter (The pup). The commetns from each of you have directly played a role in the success we are now having, and for the first time they are now actually playing and hanging out together without constant "Alpha" competition. Jasper is a little high energy for Zues at night and they work it out, but just a sincere THANKS for taking the time to help us out. Joe

Jan 05, 2012
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Introductions NEW
by: Estie

Feed your 12 yr old first, he should get treats first, etc. Make sure he doesn't feel like he's being replaced.

Jan 05, 2012
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introducing a new pup NEW
by: Anonymous

Lots of older dogs, even the most gentle, find young pups hard work, especially if they are still at an age when they nip and have little understanding of pecking order or boundaries. Introducing a new pup to a household with an older dog should be done gradually and under supervision. Do not be surprised if the older dog growls at the puppy but do not let the pup test the older dog's tolerance...unless you are prepared for a possible blood bath and a very badly hurt puppy. It is not a matter of the older dog being good or bad, gentle or mean. Dogs don't see the world in such terms. It's just how dgs behave. The older dog needs to know that you are boss and the pup needs to learn not to nip and encroach on the others boundaries. They may well end up as best friends, but whilst the puppy is small, vulnerable and learning keep him safe with clrrrrose supervision, ensure that both dogs have their own separate spaces to retire to, that they know they are both loved by you and take particular care when feeding or playing with them. Also, when walking them together on their leads, ensure they do not get tangled up together and do not let the pup jump up at the older dog or tug on the older dog's lead. This may seem like a lot of hard work, but it will o ly be for a few months whilst the pup is growing and learning and if supervised well there is a very good chance that they will end up as firm friends.

Jan 05, 2012
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introducing a new pup NEW
by: louise b

Hi, when we got our second springer this summer it was a big learning curve! Dude is now 8 months old and is one of our older dog's pups. Toby is the dad and is now 5 years old. The two dogs get on very well...now...but the bonding was gradual. Be careful about forcing the relationship. However much we think of them as part of ou human family, dogs are animals and even the most placid spaniel may lash out at a boisterous pup who has yet to learn the rules of the pack pecking order. Although our dogs are allowed the run of the house when we are home, they sleep in their own crates when alone, unsupervised. But Toby and Dude often sleep together now when we are at home. We are very careful to keep their feed bowls separate. I think that is the key...careful supervision and no forced bonding sessions. Just let them get used to each other gradually. It has been hard work at times, but I am really glad we have the two of them now and hope yo continue the line with Dude in the future.

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