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Categories: Adding a New Dog to Your Home

Q. I'm considering adding a male GSD puppy to my home. Would you anticipate the same rank structure problems with the age difference between the two dogs, or am I going to have to get a female?
Cindy,

I have read the article about introducing new dogs into the home. At the current time, my girlfriend and I have two adult cats, and an 18 month old male collie. The collie is playful and energetic and not dog aggressive. I am considering getting a male GSD puppy around 8 weeks old to add to the mix. Would you anticipate the same rank structure problems with this age difference between the two dogs, or am I going to have to get a female?

Thanks!

Jeff

A. You are less likely to have rank issues between a male and a female. Same sex pairs tend to be more difficult to manage as they grow up but if you are a good leader, it’s doable. A lot depends on your consistency, the chemistry between the dogs, the core temperament of the dogs and how much training time you have.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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