Advice: Adding a puppy to the pack!

Hello everyone,

I hope this message finds you well in these strange times!

I have a happy, healthy nearly 10-year old OES female named Mika... and in a month we'll be welcoming a new OES female puppy to our pack from the same reputable breeder. Mika is a very laid back, good natured doggie who gets along well with all other animals and has zero behavioural problems. But I'm a bit worried about turning her stable life upside down by introducing a new sister puppy to the mix. Does anyone have any advice about how to best proceed with this kind of integration?

Thanks so much in advance for your time and take care,

Natalie :D
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Hi Natalie!

I haven't had two at one time so I can't be of help.

As you can tell it's pretty quiet here nowadays. Most of the old crew from here has migrated to our Facebook group

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Hello from Ottawa! Where is your pup from? I have sheepdogs from Blueshire, in Southern Ontario, one is 8.5 and the other is 2. Over the years I have had four OES. One thing that I would suggest is to let your older dog help teach the pup how to be a polite pup. So, for example, when Kasse was a pup, like all pups, she would jump in my older girl Gracie's face, which is, in the dog world, rude. Gracie would give a snap, not touching the puppy, but close to her, to let her know that what Kasse was doing was rude. It didn't take long for Kasse to learn not to jump in Gracie's face.

It was the same when Mady was the older girl and Gracie was the puppy. Kasse and Gracie are the best of friends, but it took a few weeks for Gracie to teach Kasse to be a good puppy. Your dog is a bit older, so make sure that Mika gets her time to sleep without being jumped on by the puppy. One really great thing is that I found potty training a puppy much easier with an older dog to show them. The same with 'sit' and 'stay' and 'come'.

Honestly, I can't ever imagine having only one. I used to have three at once. Now that Kasse is a big girl of age 2, I am thinking of a puppy sometime in the near future.

Please let me know how it goes and congratulations on your new puppy. Mika will have fun!
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