I have a 3-year-old Weimaraner, and I am adopting another 8-month-old pup from a rescue center. How should I introduce them?
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You are off to a good start, since introducing a new dog to a home that has a resident adult dog is easier when the second dog is a puppy. Your 8-month-old is already into puberty but is young enough to not be too much of a threat to your 3-year-old Weimaraner.
Confine your adult dog to a specific part of your house, where it will be out of sight when the younger pup arrives. Let your new dog roam around the house. It will detect the scent of your adult dog and realize it’s not alone.
It is best to introduce the two dogs on neutral ground, such as on the sidewalk in front of your house. Keep them both leashed and supervise them closely at this time. If they get along, continue to supervise their interactions, but your dogs should work out territory and pack-order issues on their own.
If they don’t tolerate each other during this first introduction, you may have to crate the new dog for a while, giving your older dog time to adjust. Then reverse the crating, giving your new pup run of the house. Over time, your dogs should accept each other’s presence and develop a closer bond.