Harley was minding his business, curled up on his bed doing what 6 year old dogs do after a walk – resting. Out of nowhere 10 week old Jax ran across the room, leaped in the air and pounced on top of him. Harley wasn’t happy. He growled and snarled and Jax scurried backwards off of Harley and off of the bed.
Jax needs them.
I had no idea adult dogs teach puppies boundaries.
When people talk about puppies, I am the first one to break out in goosies.
They are adorable.
They are so freaking cute…
But when they’re Jax’s age, they reek havoc, and mayhem to the likes which I’ve never seen. At his age he is so young its next to impossible (at least me for me) to teach him much of anything.
Because of this “non-stop” activity lifestyle puppies possess I did have a few concerns about Harley’s initial reaction to such a young pup in the house. Before his arrival I tried to read as much information as I could on “adjusting an adult dog to a new puppy.”
In the midst of my research I was surprised to read – quite a few times actually – that in most situations the adult dog may set boundaries of acceptable behavior for the puppy to adhere to. #hummm
Made sense to me when I read it, I mean after all – puppies don’t come here with any real manners!
Perhaps that explains why the first two days Harley kept his distance…
By the middle of the week Jax made great strides in wiggling his way a little closer to his big brother…
But by Friday he ruined it.
Messed it all up!
He was cuddling with Harley on the little round pet bed I keep in my office, when out of the blue, before I could reach for my camera, he decided to flirt with danger and bite Harley’s paw. #notgood
Adult dogs avoid, then warn, then correct the annoying puppy.
We have regressed 🙁
As I slowly incorporate Jax into our lifestyle, I make sure I give Harley adequate space and periods of breaks from Jax throughout the day. When we’re on the first floor he rests in this great SportPet Pop Open Kennel…
I love this thing. I call it his “red room.” It’s lightweight, convenient, and portable. Fully collapses for easy storage, and it’s reasonably priced! I keep it in the family room adjacent to the kitchen. When we’re all down there, he’s included in our activities, Harley has some time alone or with me, and Jax gets his nap on.
According to the few articles I’ve read (I’ll list them at the bottom of this post) adult dogs teach new puppies acceptable boundaries to establish their place within the pack.
If that be the case, I’ve got the pawfect instructor.
He walks tall AND he carries a big stick!…
I think the hardest part right now is waiting for the two of them to become buddies. I am super anxious, but I am exercising great restraints and allowing this process to take its course.
When I hear that low growl, I mind my business because I now understand –
Do NOT correct an adult dog that is showing correct back off signals.
I have no fear Harley will harm Jax. I know in time, as he gets older all of this will be behind us…
If you’re considering a new puppy to your pack, here are a few worthwhile reads:
- HELP YOUR OLDER DOG ADJUST TO A NEW COMPANION
- INTRODUCING A NEW PUPY TO YOUR ADULT DOG
- IT TAKES A PACK TO RAISE A PUP
- MIXED AGED DOG PACKS
Have you walked this road already? If so, please share your success story in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you 🙂
Make this the best week of your life – be kind to someone! Thanks for reading…