Sometimes we forget that dogs are a lot like children. We may think the older one would like a younger sibling so they are not so lonely. There may tend to be a bit of rivalry and jealousy, especially if the older dog has been the only “child” for quite some time.
That doesn’t mean you can’t get a younger puppy to keep the older dog company. You will, however, experience some jealousy between the two of them and they will compete for your attention.
Playtime with a Hyper Puppy
Older dogs tend not to want to play near as much, and will not be too interested in playing with the hyper younger dog. They may play for a few minutes but then the older dog may seek refuge somewhere that the puppy can’t get to. Allow the older dog to get up on the couch or recliner so that she has a bit of a break without the puppy being able to annoy her.
If the younger dog is extremely hyper and wants to play a lot, take a break from whatever you are doing and toss a few toys, or take the young dog for a walk. The older dog will appreciate the peace and quiet while he naps on the couch.
Playing with the young hyper dog will be good for the older one. Most pets that are the only pet in the house tend to nap more frequently or just lay around. The young puppy will help the dog get a little exercise as they chase through the house, if even for just a few minutes.
Potty Breaks with an Older Dog and Hyper Puppy
Puppies have to be watched for potty breaks a lot more than an older, fully house broken dog does. The older, more settled dog knows to ask to go out and may only need to potty a few times a day. A young puppy will need to go out several times a day, especially while being housebroke.
Don’t force the older one to go out with you whenever you take the puppy out. The older dog may recent having to go out so much and it may even confuse his “potty schedule.” Stick to letting the older dog tell you when he has to go out. Take the younger, hyper dog out more frequently. This will also help the younger dog run off some of the energy.
Teach them to Respect Each Other’s Space
Each dog should have their own bed, toys and feeding dishes. Teach both of them to eat from their own dishes and sleep in their own beds. If the older dog sleeps with you, she may resent the younger puppy trying to invade her space. Put the puppy’s bed on the floor beside your bed and teach the puppy to sleep there.
A younger dog can keep an older dog entertained. The older dog will even learn to enjoy having a playmate at times, but be prepared for the older dog to show signs of jealousy. He may even growl at the puppy from time to time. Let him know that that is not acceptable and that the new puppy is part of the household now too.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed YCN site.