Courtney’s job at AwesomeDoodle is to help you prepare for your puppy, and help you shape your puppy’s behavior, and socialize your puppy, once you get it. Click on the topics below for her advice on how to get through some of these typical puppy problems.
Q: How should we introduce our new puppy to our older dog? A: I was nervous about how everything would work with introducing my two pups. Once you have a routine down, it's hard to imagine how adding another pup will shake everything up. I get it! Remember, having a plan is great, but be flexible since you won't know the dynamic until your pup is home. Charlotte helped train Kinzie a lot as far as walking on a leash, going potty, etc. This is great, but it is also super important to give separate training time too. You want to be sure your new pup "gets it" when she's on her own too and not just when the older pup is around. Giving each pup separate attention helps ensure they keep their own relationship with you and you remain in the pack leader role vs. one of them taking that on for the other pup. A good balance between alone time/training and the two of them together is key. If you spoke to five different trainers, they would probably tell you five different ways to introduce them. Here is what we did when Charlotte was 1.5 years old and we brought Kinzie home as a 9 week old pup: I got our older dog and took her for a [...]