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Hello to you all. One week ago I was blessed with Harley,an 8 week havanese. Training and bonding are underway.I also have a 12 year old terrier-poodle.Izy has been with a friend for the past week and will be coming home on Friday. SURPRISE a puppy. We are going to meet on neutral ground for the introduction but.... My concern,my anxiety is about Izy and what to expect when we all return home.Concern about protecting Harley.
I live in a very remote area. To make a long story shorter. Izy was never socialized with other dogs (my error for sure).She somewhat tolerates a two of my friend's dogs. She has gotten into a couple scrapes with larger dogs. She is 20 lbs, So Izy most likely will not be puppy friendly-especially when Harley starts with his little nips.
In my past I have witnessed two small dogs requiring ICU as a result of the larger dog attack.I do not want to give off negative vibes.

I would appreciate advise regarding--bringing the old together with the new in a loving home.
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IF the puppy was well socialized with its mother and littermates it probably will be okay. It will listen to the older dog when the older dog says "enough". What you can do is watch closely, when the older dog lets the puppy know he doesn't want to play then correct the puppy to leave him alone. The puppy will learn what is acceptable and what isn't. You might also want to put up a gate to keep them separated in different areas of the house when you are not right there to closely supervise. Crate training the puppy might also be a good idea, that way the puppy has a safe place.
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I agree a place to keep them apart when you can't watch them. I would introduce them slowly, often an older dog is more accepting of a puppy. I think by the names one is male and one female so that is a plus when a dog has not been socialized. Just take things slowly, you are in no hurry. At first short supervised visits, followed by longer ones. Also let your older dog know she is still is your top dog, extra attention and alone with you time even if she only likes to lay near you. Our dog really are happy with the smallest of things. Also be sure to not free feed, please keep them apart at meal time.

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if you can get the puppy out to a puppy play group or around lots of younger dogs that will help him socialize and get rid of some of the puppy energy.
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Thanks to both of you for your advise. I have not ever had two friends living with me. Definitely requires plan A---plan B etc. Will keep you posted.
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