Question: How Long Does It Take For An Older Dog To Accept A New Puppy?

After about three weeks, some play between the adults and the puppy begins, although with two of our three dogs it takes maybe four or five weeks before they will choose to play with the pup.

How do you get an older dog to accept a puppy?

Getting Started

  • Separate resources for each dog, so each has their own bed, crate, food and water bowls, and toys.
  • Treats.
  • A treat bag you can wear on your belt so as to have access to treats at all times.
  • A crate for the puppy.
  • A pen or pet gates to corral the pup and provide the oldie with peace.
  • A clicker.
  • A squeaky toy.

Will my dog ever get used to the new puppy?

Usually, older dogs will accept a younger dog or puppy. But you need to take the time and follow the proper steps to introduce a puppy. While you work to help the second dog adjust, you don’t want to make the older dog feel depressed or jealous that he’s being replaced.

Why does my older dog hate my new puppy?

Puppies need older dogs to teach them how to behave in the canine world. To an outsider, this training can come off looking like the older dog doesn’t like the puppy. Another common example is when a puppy is up in the older dog’s space. The older dog will freeze, growl, and potentially snap.

How do you stop an older dog from being aggressive to a puppy?



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How do I get my older dog to stop attacking my new puppy?

  1. Keep dog intros slow. That goes for the initial meeting but also the next couple of days and weeks.
  2. Prevention.
  3. Re-direct the younger dog from your older dog.
  4. Seek out positive experiences.
  5. Calmly have both dogs sit and then give them treats.
  6. Dogs really do live in the moment.
  7. Dogs adapt.
  8. Humans need to move on too.

Should I let my older dog growl at my puppy?

The older dog may growl, especially if the pup is too rambunctious, but if he shows no other aggressive signs, you can let him off the leash. Continue to supervise their interactions until you are confident that they’re getting along and no one is in danger of being bit.

Will my dog hurt a new puppy?

While many dogs will welcome a new puppy with open paws, many more will growl, snap and try to get away from the puppy from the onset. However, it is VERY rare for an adult dog to hurt a puppy. Be patient, because sometimes it will take time for both dogs to relax.

Is it normal for my dog to growl at new puppy?

Many dog owners are concerned if they catch their dog growling or snarling at a puppy. When this happens, they’re often quick to jump in and scold their dog and remove him from the situation. More often than not, though, this behavior should not be deterred. The reason for this is simple: Puppies don’t have manners.

Will an older dog kill a puppy?

But some dogs are not “normal” in this way and will even kill puppies. More commonly, an adult dog may avoid the puppy for a few days.

Why does my older dog growl at my new puppy?

Because puppies have immature communication skills, they frequently miss the more subtle signals your older dog shows, and the dog may need to resort to growling. Resist the urge to correct your dog for growling. Growling may be what the puppy needs in order to recognize that the dog doesn’t want to interact.

Why do older dogs growl at puppies?

Since dogs don’t communicate the same way we do with our young, this communication is more physical. For instance, when a puppy jumps at an older dog, the older dog will likely respond by jumping up and barking or growling at the dog. They may also use their paw to push or hold off the puppy’s advances.