I have an adult female dog, eight years old. She has a very dominant personality. She’s very slow to accept other adult dogs. I’ve seen her tussle with dogs twice her size order to stress that she’s Alpha Dog in these here parts. (She’s never caused any injury to them.) She’s an “only child”, rather spoiled, and needs a lot of attention.
We’re planning two things: moving to a new home, and getting a new puppy. My theory is that we should have the puppy in the new house when she arrives, so she doesn’t feel that it has invaded her territory. I’m hoping she’ll think along the lines that the puppy is part of the new house, or that this is the puppy’s territory.
On the other hand, I’m concerned that this might be too much change all at once, and that it might be easier for her to establish a relationship with the puppy on familiar turf.
I’m planning to get a very submissive puppy so that there will be as little conflict as possible. I’ll let her keep her Alpha status-- eating first, going through the door to the yard first (which seems to matter to her a great deal). However, since two dogs on the bed will be a bit much, I’m planning to make both of them stay off of it. (This will be hard on my dog, part of whose morning routine is to hop in bed with me as soon as my husband vacates it.)
I’m a bit worried she might be too rough with the puppy, but I’ve heard that young dogs, who still have that “puppy smell” trigger some sort of protective instinct in dogs, which will keep them from hurting the pup. I’m not counting on that with her, so how should I introduce her to the puppy? Should I just put the pup on the floor, and see what she does? (I’m afraid that if I act too protective of the puppy, it will make her jealous and angry.)
So, dog Dopers, what do you think I should do? Should I wait until we move into the new house to get the pup, or should I bring it home before we move? Is there any way I can prepare her for the “invader”?