I currently have 6 dogs and I'm bringing in a Mal pup. Any advice on helping introduce him correctly to the pack?
I have 6 dogs as we speak. 4 pugs, PPD Doberman, and a 14 year old GSD(extremely submissive to all dogs especially my pugs). All of them get long great. I am avid about kenneling them, ex-pens, there is structure in my home, and outside my home with these dogs. We have no issues with dog fights, etc. Everyone knows there place in the pack, knows I AM THE PACK LEADER, and things go pretty well. This being said, I have worked and trained with Heath Farthing of VFK9 for years. I have purchased a new Mal pup. Going to do agility, etc with him. My dogs I have now are all seniors. Female/spayed pug is a bit dominant, but no real problems because I stay on top of them. Like I said, I am huge on kennels and not letting them run loose in the house. This will be MY PERSONAL first Mal. I have experience with them, but this will be the first time I bring an 8 week old mal into the house. Any advice on helping introduce him correctly to the pack?
I don’t “introduce” my new puppies to my older dogs, I set up the ex pen in the living area of our house and the pup stays in there. This way everyone gets used to each other in a safe way. Later, I may take some on leash walks with the puppy and one of the older dogs. I’m raising a terrier pup right now, and she’s been raised this way with my Malinois. It’s a gradual process.
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