Introducing A New Puppy

If you are thinking of introducing a new puppy into your home, here are some things to consider.

"Lillie & Pollie" ©Photo Courtesy of Shirley Johnson

The Golden personality is an easy-going one, which makes life pretty smooth when introducing a new puppy into the mix.

Your older Golden Retriever is going to be jealous and confused for awhile, but generally, the “Do I have to acknowledge that pup?” act, doesn’t last very long!

There are a few rules to remember and go by though.

Do not force your older Golden into accepting the puppy the minute you bring her through the door. 

When introducing grown dogs, it is always best that they meet outside in neutral territory, but when introducing a new puppy, it is acceptable to have them meet inside, if the weather does not allow an outside meeting.

©Photo Courtesy of Sheila Schimpf

Have your older Golden on a leash and have your new puppy in your arms.  This way they can smell each other, but the new pup can’t just “attack” the older dog!

Puppies aren’t known for their fear, and will usually run right over to a dog, jump up on them, and try to force them to play.

This usually isn’t well received by an older dog, especially when he can sense that this pup is going to invade his home and his owners!

Allow the dogs to see and sniff each other, but just stay mostly quiet while they are doing so. 

An occasional “good boy” and a gentle pat on the older dog’s head is fine.  

After a few minutes of this, put the puppy in another room with a baby gate up, so that the dogs can investigate each other through the security of the gate. 

"Brooke and Kylie" A couple of ours!

Don’t leave them alone together until you are 100% sure of how they are getting along.

Bringing home a new Golden Retriever puppy is a very exciting event.  However, do not make over the puppy a lot at this time.

Instead, tell your older Golden what a good boy he is, and refrain from acting as if the puppy is the greatest thing on the face of the earth!

Allow the dogs to spend more and more time together, under your supervision.  For the first couple of days, it is a bad idea to give out treats when the dogs are in the same area together. 

Allow the older dog to show his authority to the new pup.  If the pup is playing too roughly, your older dog may growl a bit.  This is fine, as it shows the pup her boundaries, and the new pecking order.

©Photo Courtesy of Melinda Southall Rhodes

When it comes to feeding time, the older dog should be fed first and will growl if the pup tries to come over to eat. 

This is perfectly normal, the pack leader always eats first, and your dog is simply showing the pup that he is her boss. 

An occasional growl is not a problem, but snapping or biting at the pup is.  If that happens, firmly scold your older dog and separate them. 

More often than not, an older Golden Retriever will not show any aggression towards the young pup, but will instead completely ignore the puppy.

When we brought our 3rd Golden into the home, Boomer took to her within two days.  But Amy ignored poor little Becca for 3 solid months!  She was never mean to her, she just acted as if she wasn’t there. 

Usually it is only a few days before the older dog accepts the new pup and even starts to enjoy her being around. 

©Photo Courtesy of Brian & Shirley Wishart

You will notice the older dog allowing the pup to lay down next to him, then he will slowly start playing with the same toy she has, then next thing you know, they will be “bowing”  as they getting ready to wrestle and chase each other.

A life-long friendship has just been formed!  They have bonded to each other and will keep each other and you, entertained for hours on end.

The sweet, gentle, and comical personalities of Golden Retrievers, makes it hard to own only one!

And if you remember that each one of your precious Golden Retrievers has their own unique, individual personality, then introducing a new puppy will bring nothing but added joy into your life!

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