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      Getting a New Puppy and wondering if my almost 5 yr old Lab will get along w him???

      Remington will be 5 in feb and I been on the fence w getting another puppy for awhile but I really want a second Lab, but I don't know if remington will like the puppy??? he Loves playing w other dogs buttttttttttt when my one neighbor came over w his new puppy it was playing w remington and tormenting him Lol and rem actually growled and he NEVER does that, so I'm kind of scared/nervous Any input would help, Thanks in Advance

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      Its perfectly normal for adult dogs to growl at annoying puppies. My older lab still grumbles at my youngest when shes being a pest and shes almost 1. A well socialized adult dog will do just fine with a puppy

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      It does sound like a normal correction and I would not be overly concerned. You do have to pay attention though and know when to step in and separate for the safety and comfort of both dogs. Emma had no problem correcting Maxx when he was a puppy, Maxx is much too tolerant and will not correct an annoying puppy.
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      If our own human mothers, (fathers, uncles, aunts, older siblings) could have simply growled at us it would have saved them the big long sentence, "I'm warning you kid(s) don't do that." Growling is just part of communication. It's the parent who smacks kid or the dog who bites without a warning first that is a bigger problem.

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      I agree with all of the above posters. But I'd also caution you to set reasonable expectations for Remington's affection for a new puppy. Some labs get along great with the puppy right away, but a lot, especially older ones, take time to warm up. Be prepared to introduce them slowly and to find the time to spend with Remington without puppy around. Also, sometimes the older lab never cottons to the new puppy. That can sadden owners, and frustrate them if they were counting on the older lab being a playmate for the new puppy.

      But if YOU want a puppy and you have the time and resources (double the vet visits, double the food), you can definitely introduce a new puppy house without ruining Remington's life, lol. Go look at Sparky's and Archiesit's recent threads in the Fire Hydrant for their tales of bringing in puppy #2!
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      As an expert of 1whole week with a 3yo lab and a 9 week old lab puppy I might some insight!
      Mocha is a big boy that loves other dogs and is pretty well socialized. We wondered how he would do with a puppy. We were so happy with the results. He met Latte with the proper amount of hair up on his back at first but that ended after about 5 minutes. We monitor all play and have had to put Latte in her time out pen for a rest. She has bit his ear and lower lip which received a yelp and a little growl. Knowing Mocha the way we do we were 99%sure he would accepting of a puppy but you never know. We actually told Mocha this is your little sister. You have to be good to her and help us train her. Silly maybe but we think he understood.
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      One of Sunnie's puppies came back for a visit about a month and a half after they'd left.

      Kenzie came running down the driveway, so glad to see her mama and brother. She made the mistake of thinking that Sunnie would be soooooo glad to see her that she could just put a paw on Sunnie's shoulder....and Sunnie growled at her. Sunnie obviously didn't like paws on her (except for Dan's) and didn't like the high level of activity (except usually for Dan's when they're playing). We took Sunnie out of the picture so that Kenzie (renamed Macy by that time) and Danny could play.

      That was the first time we'd heard Sunnie issue a correction...and that's the way she's done it ever since if a dog she's meeting turns out to be more active or more affectionate than we'd anticipated. If I think the dog won't agree with her sensitivities, I don't allow a meeting. She's corrected only a few in the 7 1/2 years we've had her.

      That said, I would still be very careful with Sunnie to not allow too much mingling at first....definitely not unsupervised....because Sunnie is quite protective of herself. If she's not feeling up to snuff, she'll rebuff Danny's obnoxious attempts to play (body slamming her as he runs past....can you blame her?). With a strange dog, perhaps her teeth might find purchase.

      It sounds like Rem knows the "proper" way to issue a correction. I'd think you'd be fine as long as you supervise, supervise, supervise at first. And I think we'll need pictures!
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      I agree that growling at a puppy is not necessarily a bad sign. And I also agree that you can't assume two dogs will automatically love each other. We've had Ferris about ten days (he's 9 weeks old) and Archie is 3. Archie is slowly warming up to him but I give them lots of time apart, and it definitely wasn't love at first sight for Archie (he has never behaved inappropriately toward the puppy, but you could definitely tell he was not thrilled those first few days). So yes, if YOU want a new puppy, and all the time, energy and money that ensues, then go for it! But don't do it solely for your older dog. Good luck!

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      Also make sure your older dog has a "safe" place to get away from puppy. That's how I'm doing it with Brian and my older dogs. I have 2 smaller older dogs, one is ok with Brian the other does not like him at all. But she can get on sofa to get away from him when she gets tired of his antics lol. Traivs my oldest dog likes him well enough but will correct him when need be. Again if he gets to hyper Travis will just go into another room to get away from the brat

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      In general I would say a well socialized Lab would do fine with a new puppy. Puppies can he highly annoying to older dogs well past their first birthday. My almost 5 month old puppy, Brooks is pretty relentless in torturing my almost 5 year old girl Sophie. Most of the time Sophie just rolls onto her back and plays with Brooks, but there are times she will give a good growl and snap at him. If they start playing chase, Sophie plays pretty rough, so I have to be ready to step in. She was the same way with my other puppy Bruce. Those two would go at so hard it sounded like they were killing each other, but even with all the teeth and growling and rolling each other, neither dog ever had as much as a scratch from the rough play. With Brooks, I've found some scabs on Sophie's neck. I know its not intentional, but Brooks canine's are like little razor blades, and I'm sure Sophie will be happy when he gets his big boy teeth. When they play, I'm always right there ready to step in if I think it's getting to rough, and I have no issue putting Brooks in time out if he's being to rough, or won't stop when I tell him too.

      I've pretty much had 2 Labs since I got my first one in 1984, and have only had one issue, and that was a dog I rescued when he was 3 years old with know food aggression issues.

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