Mom of Brutus and Roxie
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Danville, CA
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I am not sure about all the questions you asked, but let me try to answer. Yes, let the dogs meet in a neutral place, but I would consider an area that is not your property. Perhaps a friends house where you know there have not been any sick dogs. That is truly neutral. Your yard might feel like Seamus' yard.
Once you have both dogs at home, I would evaluate how to handle the work situation. Since you come at lunch, you can do one thing in the morning and another in the afternoon. Perhaps the puppy in the expen and Seamus having his regular run of the house would work best. But you might find the dynamics work differently for you once they meet and get to know each other.
Regarding the pee pad, the puppy needs a place to go that does not produce an "accident" when you are not home.
Good luck and I look forward to the pictures.