Older Dog and Puppies?
Will an older dog help train a puppy?
Much can be learned from an older dog. Both good and bad behaviors.
Best older sibling to a puppy is a healthy, active, socialized and trained dog.
Grumpy older dogs can give a bad impression
to brand new puppies. Dogs will often model the behaviors of other dogs. Make sure that your older dog does not have to protect resources from the puppy, including you.
Make sure to provide plenty of mental and physical exercise for both the puppy and the older dog.
Better for each dog to have more one-on-one time with you than playtime with each other.
Make sure to reward for the behaviors you want from both dogs. It's easy to ignore the older dog when the puppy is misbehaving. If you give more attention to the dog that is behaving, then the other dog will want to copy that behavior.
This works both ways for both dogs. Overall, make sure to support the older role model
in training your new puppy. Also, make sure to take thetime to train your
new puppy one-on-one to help them succeed.
Feel free to reach out to the Doggie Dojo for any questions you may have,