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Adopting a another dog...Question

I am adopting another Golden (he is 11 months old). I already have a 9 year old Golden (he's coming with us to meet the dog for the first time), and I have a 14 year old cat.
When I brought my current Golden home he was baout 2 months, so he was small and didn't care about the cat.
How in the world do I introduce this big puppy to the cat? I am going to meet and possibly bring the dog home tomorrow...advice please!
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I've always introduced the cat to the dogs at home - there's not a lot you can do about the cats feelings--it's a cat. They're just gonna have to try and figure things out as they go.
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Good point. My cat got over the first one, she'll eventually get over the new one.

Any advice on introducing my current dog to the new dog? Would you advice bringing him to meet the dog, or leaving him at home and them meeting when we return?
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I would definitely bring that dog to meet the puppy, but a golden should have no problems with another golden. I'm sure they will start playing like they have known each other all their lives. I have been fostering dogs and when I bring them home the cats avoid the dog altogether. Like Sharlin said....not much you can do about that. Even my friendliest cat hates the dogs.
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My cats set my puppy straight when he came home. Just a little slap, nothing that drew blood. And now they all can lay by each other like buddies. And when I brought him home, I let the cats come over in their own time. I didnt force the puppy on them.




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I can't give you any advice on introductions to the cat. My cat still makes himself scarce when Caue is in the house. As for the two dogs meeting it is best if you can find a nice safe place away from your home where they can meet off leash. In my experience on leash meet ups often lead to troubles. Neutral ground will also avoid any guarding issues your current dog may have.



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Taz was 14 months old when we brought her home. She had no problem with cats, and the cats eventually got used to a new dog in the house. But make sure you find out if the dog is cat aggressive before you bring your cat face to face with it.

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We brought Tucker home at 10 weeks, and our 16 yr old cat was NOT happy. Before Tucker, she would be with us wherever we were in the house. During the evening she would spend a bit of time in everyone's lap. After Tucker-she spent a lot of time in the basement (her choice), where he was not allowed to go, until he was about 4 to 5 months old. We would constantly go to the basement and bring her back up to sit with us. She would not stay long and head back for the basement after a minute or too. She then finally adjusted enough to come and hang out with all of us again. It was very stressful for her. We did work with Tucker from day 1 to let him know Tess was higher rank in our pack than he was. He has spent a lot of time in down stays ignoring her, and was not allowed to chase or fixate on her. Now, he will come up to her when she is in our lap and gently lick her face, tail wagging. She tolerates it, and looks at us like "please tell him to stop". He would love for her to play- but she won't. I don't think we will ever see them have one of those Hallmark moments where you see the cat curled up next to the dog asleep....

What I think is most important -

1. You must give kitty safe refuge from the pup and an escape route to it.
2. You have to establish rules and boundaries for the pup with regards to the cat - no chasing or fixation. Your pup will learn from you that he is not allowed to mess with the cat.
3. Keep bringing that cat back up to be with you to see that the dog does not hassle her. Even if she only stays a moment, and leaves without being chased, she will learn something.
4. Make sure you spend time with kitty wherever she feels safe. Even if it means staying in the basement for a while petting her.
5. Try not to feel bad when she ignores you for bringing that "**** puppy into the house and ruining her life". Yes, if Tess could talk, I truly believe she would have said that to me! She ignored me for a good 5 months after Tucker came home. She absolutely wanted nothing to do with me.

Good luck with this- it will be hard for kitty, but they will adjust. Hope this helps.
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currently have 1 GR. will adopting another dog keep both of them happy and occupied when I'm not around? Which breeds do GRs take more fondly to?
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GRs are supposed to get along with any breed and everybody. I would say another golden but if you want another breed, maybe go with another sporting breed especially if your dog is active: Labs, Pointers, GSP, GWP, Springers, Setters, etc. Or try other active/happy-go-lucky breeds even smaller dogs.
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