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Hi! There are people on this forum with a lot of experience and training knowledge who will hopefully see this and comment.
I can share my experience as I also have an 8 year old lab, male, and a male hav puppy. We brought our hav puppy home in January. I didnt do anything special as far as introducing them - I brought home the puppy, put him on the floor with the lab and that was it. They didnt become pals right away, it probably took a week or so. It wasnt that they didnt get along, but they didnt really play or bond like they are now. I would give it time and not panic just yet. I dont know about putting Peaches in the crate unless you're doing it because you cant watch her, such as nighttime and when you're out...maybe someone like DaveGabby or Karen will chime in. I left mine together when I was home and decided I'd let them sort it out.
I did try to treat them the same as far as mealtimes etc. My puppy sleeps in a crate and is crated while we are out, while the lab does not have to sleep in the crate (his door is open and he has other beds in the house). This has worked out just fine (after the puppy got used to his new surroundings in general).
Something we did that I highly recommend is that we took both dogs to dog training together. After the hav went through puppy K, he did his next class with my lab. I handled one dog and my husband the other. I think going to training class together also helped them to bond.
talk to your breeder too - they may have some ideas.
Last edited by SJ1998; 08-28-2013 at 04:05 PM.