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Introducing a puppy to an older golden

I am so excited to be taking a Golden Retriever puppy home at the end of June! Although the puppy will be living with me in Boston, I will be spending the summer training/bonding with the puppy with my family in New Jersey at the shore.

My family has a Golden Retriever who just turned 11 named Tiki. He is the sweetest dog and quite frankly, acts like a puppy himself. He doesn't seem to take a huge interest in other dogs (with the exception of other Goldens) and is usually very calm when approached by other dogs-- he tends to just mind his own business.

As Tiki has gotten older he has grown much more stubborn. I am excited for him to meet my new puppy but also don't want to stress either of them out. Again, these two dogs will not be living together permanently, but will be spending a substantial amount of time together this summer.

I have attached a picture of Tiki, the 11 year old-- such a cutie!
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Tiki is a cutie. He sounds like he has a good personality. I would just be sure and give him plenty of ways to get away from the puppy when he needs a break.

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Congratulations I'm sure you are over the moon about your new puppy. It will be fun to see him interact with Tiki, who will hopefully keep up with reminding the pup of his doggy manners. I would be sure that you have the full armory of baby gates and ex pens to be sure that your puppy doesn't bother Tiki 24/7 and doesn't destroy your family's house. Tiki sounds like a gentleman so your main focus will be to supervise to make sure that the puppy doesn't pester him to death and to make sure that Tiki doesn't accidentally hurt a small puppy. As long as you don't get lax about supervising I don't think you need to do anything special.

Be sure that on day 1 the introductions aren't rushed, allow the puppy plenty of time to observe Tiki and be sure he doesn't seem hesitant or afraid of a bigger dog. If he is tired and not all in, give it a day or so and just let them be separated by the ex pen till you give them a chance to interact. Don't forget to pick up any special toys or high value chew bones etc. that Tiki might not want to share at first. Common sense and don't rush. You'll be here sharing lots of fun photos before you know it!!

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I am having similar concerns too! We are bringing our second little girl home on Tuesday and introducing her to our 5 year old golden.
I am concerned Kora (our 5 year old) will be totally upset and put out by Tessa (new pup).
Any advice from those with multiple dogs would be greatly appreciated!

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