Established dogs can take a bit of time to warm up to rowdy new puppies galloping into their personal space. Introduce them on neutral territory at first before bringing baby home and you will set yourself up for success. Once they are under the same roof, let the play bows begin.
Recently a client introduced a new lab puppy to her established pit bull mix. The puppy plays quite roughly and bites fairly hard, so I suggested a large, plush toy as a buffer. We already knew that the pit bull mix was not toy possessive, so I hoped the needle teeth of the puppy would find the plush toy just as attractive as furry flesh. In this video of their first play session together, you can see that the pit bull mix, named Keelo, was not fully engaged but was willing to go along with it since he had a supportive audience. Once the puppy leaves the toy and latches onto his neck, Keelo makes an excellent decision: he leaves the room.
Amy Robinson spent her childhood absorbing Lassie movies and practicing her future dog training skills on all her neighbors’ dogs. Now in her twenty-second year as a respected pro, Amy has earned national recognition and logged many television appearances. Her Drool School DVD for kids and dogs earned a Parents’ Choice Award and a ‘Two Paws Up!’ review from Booklist. Amy is D.A.R.T. certified by the HSUS for disaster animal rescue and raced to help pets in peril on the Gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina. She is an certified evaluator and team member for Therapy Dogs International. Her rescued bully mix, Mac, is a favorite at local nursing homes and with neighborhood children.