When is a dog too old to old to have a new puppy added to the family.

United States
October 29, 2007 4:29am CST
I have a border collie named Panda. She is 8 years old and my favorite child. She follows me every day all day long. Usually with a ball or something in her mouth. I walk out of a room and theres a ball for me to kick or throw. She is very active still. My daughter wants a puppy. She was 6 when we got Panda and wants her "own" puppy. I'm just not sure how Panda will react to having a puppy around. Unfortunately she never socialized very well with other dogs. She tends to ignore them or hide behind me. She's not aggressive or anything so I don't think she will harm a puppy. But I don't want to stress her out either.
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29 Oct 07
Having a puppy will keep your older dog younger longer. The pup will keep her active in mind and body. It would give her someone to talk canine with her. Our husky was 7 when we got him a puppy. Kai was never socialized as a pup. He doesn't like other dogs unless they are the same breed as he is. He wasn't sure what to make of the pup but they got along great. If she was never socialized as a pup try sticking with the same breed. I think you will be fine. Your pooch sounds like Kai with my hubby. The pup will attach herself to your daughter in no time. It will be good for the two of them.
• United States
29 Oct 07
Thanks for the advice. I'll admit I'm looking forward to having a puppy too. My daughter wants a dog that is "hers" so she says not mine. I try to explain she was little when we got Panda and Panda still thinks she is over my daughter as far as the chain of command goes. If you know dogs you will know what I mean. I want my daughter to have her own connection with a dog too. Now if we can both just agree on what kind to get. I'm partial to border collies.
29 Oct 07
Your pooch is probably partial to border collies as well. Test her out and see what pooches she likes. Take her to the park and watch her response. How is she with other dogs at the vets? Who does she like?
• United States
30 Oct 07
I think this depends on the dogs attitude. If the dog is a nice dog and gets along well with others(pets and people), then it really doesnt matter when a new puppy is introduced. My beagle is 4 and we just added 2 chihuahuas and they get a long perfectly. My beagle loves meeting new people and animals. But the dog I had before my beagle, a schnouzer...lol spelling is wrong, when we introduced a dachsund to the family he didnt like him. My dog was 3 at the time. So mainly just how well the dog you already have is with others. If its the dog in your profile pic, then it looks nice, Im pretty sure itll like it.
• United States
30 Oct 07
Unfortunately I didn't know to socialize her around other dogs when she was young. She did tolerate my parents dog. Just recently she was around my oldest daughters puppy for a couple of evenings and it was rather funny. Panda is 40 lbs and puppy was about 4. Puppy chased her and would hang on to her tail. Panda did her best to ignore her or would run to me for help. Finally on the 2nd day she would growl a little and let the puppy know she didn't like having puppy chew on her tail. But she never snapped or got angry. I'm with her 24/7 so will make sure it stays that way. We will introduce puppy time a little at a time. If I ever win the lottery I'd like a ranch full of dogs someday. They are so much easier to raise then kids. ;)
• China
30 Oct 07
I love dogs so much!And your Panda is so cute.I think she is not to old to have another puppy,maybe she just wants you to love herself.Don't stress her.
@batulboy (196)
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
what a co incidence.....one of my dogs is named panda as well.... he got some of your pandas qualities..... as long as you are giving those two dogs equal attention you shouldnt be guilty.
• United States
29 Oct 07
Im assuming shes your avatar. She is beautiful. A dog is never to old to get another pup. She might be scared but eventually she will be fine with a new puppy. Dogs live in packs and enjoy the company of others. Make sure you pick a puppy with the same or lower level energy as your dog already has. Dont bring home a super excited pup if your dog is calm. Just causes problems. When you bring a new pup home make sure you still pay attention the the other. They can get jelouse. Just take it one day at atime and panda should adjust. Good luck!!
• United States
29 Oct 07
Since she is not aggressive, she would probably adjust ok. And since she's still playful, once they get acquainted she'd proably enjoy the playmate. However, one suggestion. Since she's obviously strongly bonded to you, do this. When the new puppy comes home don't bring it into the house yourself. You be with Panda while someone else brings it into the house. Preferably your daughter, as it will be her dog. Then Panda will associate the puppy with her. This lessens the jealousy factor. Don't try to force them to meet. Just let your daughter bring the puppy in, and her play with it as if Panda wasn't there. Let them choose their own time. Watch for Panda's reaction. Puppies are naturally curious and it will probably approach her. You stay by her so she feels secure. Speak in your 'momma' voice, you know, "Panda, this is your new friend, (his name). Isn't he sweet? (Puppy's name), this is Pandda. She is my special baby. She will be your friend soon." You pet the little one but keep one hand on Panda. Don't be picking the puppy up too much for the first little bit. You want to let Panda feel that this little guy is not here to take her place, especially with you. Reassure her that you love her more. Let you daughter be the 'momma' for the puppy. Let her shower the puppy with love. Once they become friends, you can get closer to it. We've never had a big jealousy problem with our animals, but each animal had his/her 'special person' and we always let them feel each other out on their own. If Panda shows any agression, pick her up and tell her calmly that she should not be so, that she is and always will be your special baby. Take her away from the puppy and stay with her for a bit, act as if the puppy doesn't exist, then try it again later. Just come back into the room where your daughter and the puppy are and you still keep your focus on Panda. Each pet needs to know that it is special to one family member. Pets are like kids, and us adults, they just don't want to be replaced :-) Panda has obviously already chosen you, as long as she isn't made to think that is in danger of changing, she'll probably be ok. If life makes you be away before they get comfy with one another, simply make sure they're separated, perhaps keep the puppy in daughter's room (with food, water, paper to potty on of course). Let them get acquainted with supervision. at feeding time, you feed Panda and let your daughter fill the puppy's bowl. Most of this stuff will be temporary until they bond. It is very likely that Panda will sort of adopt the little one anyway with a little time. Be aware that sniffing behinds, a little low growling etc are normal and how dogs meet one another. Don't interfere unless real anger becomes evident. They're gonna have to establish a dominance order. Since the puppy is a baby, it will most likely naturally assume a passive role to Panda. Once she is convinced of that she probably will pay him little heed at all. Good luck with your new furbaby. I hope you'll all be happy together and become one big happy family. We have brought puppies and kittens in with older cats and dogs and dogs in with cats all fine using these tricks. Now all are huge friends and most all sleep together in one big ol' furry pile. The older ones usually adopted the little ones very quickly, but for thee first while each sought the reassurance of it's 'person' that it was still that person's number one baby.