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I introduced my golden Toby then 7 1/2 weeks to my then 2 year old labmix Thunder. Thunder was not too sure about the pup in the first couple of weeks. He would growl at the pup, when he layed down next to him and wanted to play. But Thunder was never mean and never snapped. After the initial couple of weeks getting used to each other, they started playing together. From the start, Thunder was Toby's big brother and hero. The never had a fight, they are inseparable.
A little over a year ago, I took in a stray dachshund puppy. There was a bit of pouting, a bit of jealousy, but they got used to each other and there were never any fights. All three are happy brothers now.
You just have to make sure that you pet the older dog first, give him the treats and food first, let him know that he was there first and is the top dog in your book. If he will dominate as the top dog eventually with the new dog, only time will tell. Toby never wanted to be top dog, Dachsi wanted to be top dog from the start, I am talking about the dachshund. He is top dog over Toby but not Thunder. Toby lets anybody be top dog over him, lol. Thunder is still top dog over both, even if the dachshund disagrees with that at times, lol.