what sleeping arrangments should there be for a new puppy coming into a household with our older dog?

by Vicky Salisbury


This weekend we will be picking up our gorgeous 12 week old springer spaniel puppy and we really can't wait!

We were approached by the owner only last week who was willing to knock the price down considerably as they were finding it really hard to sell her and although we weren't looking for another dog, we accepted and are now doing everything we can to find useful tips ready for our new arrival.

But we already have a 7 year old cocker spaniel and we're a bit worried about how he's going to take to the little one, he's a well mannered and friendly dog but doesn't take too kindly to others stepping on his toes (as in he's used to all the attention!!)

Also, we wondered if there were any sleeping arrangements that should be considered...should we leave the two together at night in the same room? should we put the puppy in a crate but also in the same room as our other dog so that they're together but still have something seperating them? or should we completely keep them seperate until they start to get used to each other?

Any suggestions/tips would be really helpful!
Thanks :)

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi there
I would suggest you crate the puppy, this gives your cocker a break from the puppy. This is what we have done with our new addition

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Mar 09, 2012
by: Anonymous

I would suggest a crate, not only will it give your other dog space it will also help with the house training. I would suggest a crate for all new pups helps keep them safe and secure xx

Mar 07, 2012
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by: Michele

I am a firm believer in crates, especially for nighttime sleeping. Your crate should be big enough for the puppy to stand up and turn around only. This discourages going potty in the crate, but is certainly big enough for comfortable sleeping and sitting / standing up. Most crates come with a divider, so if you buy a crate that will be the right size for when your dog is older, the divider will allow you to make the crate the right size for now. I don't see any reason why both dogs couldn't be in the same room, in fact that may provide a measure of comfort for the newcomer. I just got an Australian Shepard and he is crated in the same room with my Springers and this has worked well for him.

Make sure you have a nice comfy blanket for him and that it's washable. I also use rugs in our crates because they wash up well. Good luck!

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