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Old 19-06-2019, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My wife and I have a 9 year old lab boy, and are considering getting a puppy. However we have a few concerns, mainly around the age difference.

Our boy is slowing down, which is very evident when our daughter brings her young dog around.

I am not really sure how much they will be able to go for walks together, as in the first year, you have to be very careful to control how much exercise they get. Which means most of the time, well at least the first 6 months they will be walked separately. By the time she can go on longer walks he will be 10 and slowing down even more and probably won’t be that interested or have the energy. Thereafter their exercise needs will just widen. So we are questioning if it is the right time to get a puppy - maybe we have left it too late?

Curious as to what other people’s thoughts/experiences are?
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Old 19-06-2019, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Amy was 10 when Chloe arrived. She was still active at that time. Occasionally I walked them together but mostly one at a time because I wanted to concentrate on Chloe's training. But also it was nice to give Amy a little "Me Time." I usually put them in the car, left Amy while Chloe was training, then slipped Chloe back in the car and took Amy for her walk.

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Old 19-06-2019, 12:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Don't overthink it! I’ve got a 12 week pup, and 11 month pup and 3 older dogs aged 7, 12 and 13. 9 isn’t really that old and if I were in your position, I’d not leave it much longer if you really want a second dog.

I spend the mornings with my youngsters, go to training and do activity. In the afternoon the pups get naps, whether they like it or not, and I spend time with my oldies. My old oldies don’t go on walks now, they’re quite wobbly but I’m lucky to have a pretty large garden (I live in France) and they can potter about to their hearts content. The 7 year old stays with hubby and he takes her for walks (if it’s not too hot).
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Our experience....

Judy was almost Nine when 17’ish week old Cooper arrived
He arrived like a bomb!!! But a lovely bomb!!

It was simply the best thing we did. Judy has a new lease of life and on walks she’s happy doing her pottering around and truffling whilst the young loon goes sipping around here and there. Obviously they have their moments and Cooper tests her everyday but she’s great with him and no big issues at all.

If you’ve got the room, can afford it in money and time; plus have lots left in the patience bucket; then I say go for it!!!

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Old 20-06-2019, 01:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for the replies.

It certainly sounds like we are overthinking it, and worrying too much.

He is still very active and constantly wants us to throw a ball when is out walking and is like a puppy when he gets near water - bouncing around in front of us, desperate for us to throw something into the water... so plenty of life left in the old dog yet!

No doubt it would be quite a shock to him, especially once he realises it will be here to stay. He is quite spoilt, in a good way, being the centre of attention most of the time - hopefully he won't be too jealous... that will be up to us to make sure they get their own space and time alone with us.

Space, time and money are all good, so it sounds like it is doable....
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Old 20-06-2019, 01:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Go for it! ��
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The existing dog does not always take kindly to an "Interloper." I remember my first Labrador, Mandy. When Kate arrived Mandy went and got in her chair and laid watching. Katy stood in the middle of the floor, obviously so tired she was swaying. Mandy got down, laid her head on Katy's back and pushed her down onto the floor then got back into her chair. After about half an hour Katy had still not moved, so Mandy got out of her chair, stood over Katy staring, then gave her quite a hard poke with her nose. Katy opened one eye. Mandy was satisfied and got back into her chair.

Compare that many years later with Anna, when Amy arrived. Anna hated her! She would snap at her if she ever came close! About two weeks after Amy arrived I was playing tug of war with her. Anna was watching so I offered her the other end of the toy. She took it, then immediately dropped it, jumped on Amy and washed her from head to toe! That was that. Amy was then HER puppy!

It's all so understandable. For so long Anna had been number one, ever since the death of Lucy. Then this new puppy arrives and the old dog has to share us. It's so easy to understand their thoughts and worries. Life has changed and they don't understand it. Mandy was a natural mother and mothered everything including us. We all of us did as we were told. Anna had been use to being alone with me out working. Now my attention was being taken by the newcomer. Sometimes things don't go according to plan. But that does not mean that with a little thought it cannot be overcome.
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Old 20-06-2019, 03:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I was going to add what John said. One of my oldies doesn’t like puppies at all, she kind of rolls her eyes and says don’t come near me. After a month she’s just about fine. My matriarch puts puppies in their place from day 1, then they know. My middle dog loves puppies but doesn’t set boundaries so it’s meant that my male puppy, now 11 months, treats her as an object of obsession. It’s very slowly improving but has had to be managed carefully. 13 week old pup loves the 11 month old and he loves her. The biggest danger with those two is his bulk damaging pup by accident, hence their interactions have to managed carefully. The 11 month old is the only male, and entire, the older girls are all spayed, puppy is female and won’t be spayed as she is destined to be used for breeding if she does well in the show ring.

If you’re getting puppy for YOU then you will, I’m sure, overcome any difficulties that arise.
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He is fine with puppies when he is out for a walk - he is very tolerant, although he will eventually tell them off if they are pestering him too much - but nothing nasty. Will he be the same in his own home.... I would like to think so.

As I mentioned previously he can be jealous of us giving another dog attention. He comes straight over and moves them out the way. He does this with our daughters dog, but she is older (2) and doesn't really care. He will stay away if told to do so... reluctantly.

I think he will be ok, as he won't see the puppy as a threat to him as the Alpha male. He ignores the cat, which came after him, and doesn't bother when he wants attention - not sure if that is the same...? However, if I give my wife a hug, he suddenly appears and pushes between us! :-o :'-D
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Hi we lost our black girl Izzy below with Tally last december she was 9yrs. We got both girls together 9 and a half years ago from different breeders there was only 12 days between them so Tally is 9 as well . We decided it was time to add another puppy to our family enter Zeevy a 13wk old bundle of excitement and enthusiasm. Its been 5wks now and Tally wasn't sure at first about the bundle of energy but she is now getting used to Zeevy they do play together just make sure the older dog has somewhere to go if the puppy gets to enthusiastic.
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