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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-02-2013, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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JUST asking ...

I have been wondering something for quite some time now and thought I'd turn to you guys as there is such a wealth of experience and knowledge here!!

Anywho, I am wondering when someone is considering adding another hav to thier family is it best to bring in a puppy so thier 1st hav can show them the ropes and establish who's top dog while the puppy is tiny?
How difficult is it/would it be to add an adult hav into a family who has a hav already?? I know lots of people here on the forum have added puppies and adult dogs and I know temperment and personality will make each situation different ... but I am just wondering the pros and cons of each situation in general.
NOT that I'm adding to the family any time in the near future... lol JUST wondering!!

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oh oh is MHS striking. good questions Tammy, here's a couple of good articles.Adding a second dog Pat Miller http://www.thebark.com/content/bringing-home-second-dog

http://blogs.dogster.com/dog-trainin...d-dog/2010/12/

http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/bringing-home-bella

Don't worry about top dog, they'll settle that on their own ,should you decide to add one. With adding a puppy it's usually nothing to worry about.

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thanks Dave! For some reason I can't open any of the links... you have my e-mail address, right? Can you send the links there?

Anyone have any 'hands on' advice regarding adding a puppy or adult?

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yeah that's weird, I'll send them to you.

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ya, my husband has most stuff "locked down" ... I can't see lots of pics that people post sometimes too. All in the name of "security" he IS an IT guy after all... lol. sigh...

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Puppies are typically more easily accepted by adult dogs than other adults. That said, it can work when adding a new adult dog to your household BUT you have to know your current dog, how willingly they accept other dogs, match the new dog's temperament to your current dog's temperament to figure out the best fit, and have a backup plan in the event that it doesn't work. If you go the adult dog route, read a few articles about adding a second dog. Some dogs really like being an only dog and if your old dog and new dog don't get along it can make the whole family miserable!


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Puppies are typically more easily accepted by adult dogs than other adults. That said, it can work when adding a new adult dog to your household BUT you have to know your current dog, how willingly they accept other dogs, match the new dog's temperament to your current dog's temperament to figure out the best fit, and have a backup plan in the event that it doesn't work. If you go the adult dog route, read a few articles about adding a second dog. Some dogs really like being an only dog and if your old dog and new dog don't get along it can make the whole family miserable!
well said , my thoughts exactly.

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thanks for the thoughts! That is my gut instinct too..

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You really need to see how they get along, whether puppy or adult. It can get really complicated to explain by writing it out. Just like introducing a new puppy to a family, the match is most important. It would be best if the meeting was not at the home of the existing dog to start with.
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Being in dogs for so many years, I do not really see a difference. To me as long as they know who the "Top Dog" (ME) is then they usually do well. I have had everything from the fearful dog to the over exuberant dog here and all of mine have done well and have gotten along with the new dog. Sometimes it may take a couple of weeks for them to all realize that the other is staying. But in the end when I say it is ok, then they usually accept it for what it is. Now when I am placing my older dogs I do try to match up the personalities to make things easier for all involved.

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