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Introducing new pup to old dog & cat

Am picking up my new pup on sun after lots of great advice re breeders from all of you guys. Thank you!
Looking forward to introducing her to my 13 1/2 yr old mutt & cat(of unknown age but not young). Both are in mourning for our beloved cav who died suddenly at 9 1/2 a couple weeks ago.
Open to suggestions for best way to introduce lively 12wk puppy. Have obviously done it before when my ruby cav was a baby but am always open to learn new ideas.
Typically I start training right away - I use crate & all my dogs learn to love their crates cos I feed them in there. I work at home so intend to tether her to me when she's not in confinement so can keep my eye on her & she can in turn keep her eye on me. Don't believe in wee pads - always train them to go outside from beginning with usual technique - immed on wake up, after food, after play & by watching like hawk those first weeks. I find it pays dividends to make sure there are no accidents those first few weeks & if that means I can't go out for longer than an hour at a time so be it.
Sorry for long intro but my ? Is when training her with treats etc & giving treats to visitors to train her too what do I do with my other dog who will come & want treats for doing the same thing as the pup too. I remember that being an issue last time & I don't want to push the old lady away. I am eager to train her to be a therapy dog like my others have been so all tips are welcomed.
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I always recommend reading these three articles , but something tells me you know most of this already. 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

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Just been reading the articles, Dave, on behalf of a friend who has a 12 year old Coton de Tulear and has just introduced a French bulldog puppy into the household; really good articles, I've forwarded them to her. Personally I fear that a French bulldog has the bullying, barging play style that is really NOT suited to the laid back, gentle Coton (she's the mother of my first Coton Pamba, and the dearest, quietest little dog). My present Coton, Tycho, once had a play time with a pug at class and we fairly soon removed him from a situation that was clearly making him miserable - whereas Tychy and Cuba hurtle around playing runlikehell together, and rough and tumbling in matched size and energy levels, this little pug would rush at him and ram him from the side; he very soon showed his disinclination to continue in these bullying games by sitting down and refusing to join in. Cuba, I suspect, would have given the pug a run for its money - she's very out-going and up for a more energetic play than Tycho. But he was having none of it. I'm not sure what I would have done if he and Cuba had not got on so beautifully - giving her back would have been horrible, but making Tycho's life miserable would probably have been worse....
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yeah in most cases things work out but in some cases some just shouldn't coexist.

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