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5 Things to Remember When Introducing a New Puppy to an Old Dog

In November 27, 2017

Introducing a new puppy to the pack

If you haven’t already found this… you will soon learn that most Labrador homes are multi-labrador homes!  It’s true! One just isn’t enough!  And once you have two, you will never have just one again…

Scotch pup and older dog- Endless Mt. Labradors

Now to the question that most ask when they are first-time-two-dog owners…  

How do we introduce the new puppy?

“What is the best way to introduce the new puppy to our dog at home now?”  

Lola and Nick- Endless Mt. Labradors

Here are 5  things to remember when introducing another dog to the pack at home…

  1. Keep it neutral…
    As best as you can, introduce the two on neutral grounds.  Now keep in mind this is more for the older dog than the new puppy.  The puppy hasn’t yet laid claim anywhere.
  2. Take off the leash…
    Dogs feel territorial on a leash.  If you let that puppy free and hold onto Fido with a leash, he will feel more threatened than he would if he was loose, because he is restrained.  It’s just natural instinct.  Let him sniff it out and just stand right there with them.
  3. Show your dog that with the puppy, comes attention for him too…
    Remember when you bought that brand new baby home and you had a little child (toddler) at home who got REAL jealous?  This happens when they learn “hey, this little thing is getting more attention than ME, ME, ME!” We always make this fatal mistake…so instead, give the “toddler” attention WHEN the baby comes out…he’ll learn, “Oh, cool, this baby gets me attention when it shows up….I like this!!!”
  4. Opposite sex pairing works best…
    As a general rule, we recommend opposite sex pairing.  It will work 100% of the time!  If you have an older male and home and bring home another male pup, you may have a chance of alpha issues between the two.  Same goes for the females (and sometimes even more so!).
  5. Let them establish the pecking order…
    Be patient with them. There will be a solid 2 week period of adjustment for them to establish the pecking order in their new pack.


Ultimately, your two labby loves I’m sure, will become inseparable and the best of buds!  Dogs are pack animals and always do well with a companion… Once you start your cycle of a multi-labby household, you will find the transition for each new dog is easier and easier! 🙂

Lola and Nick- Endless Mt. Labradors

(All of the pictures above are of new puppy Lola (Penny x Scotch) and her new big brother, Nick.  As you can see, they’ve adjusted quite well!!)

Here is an email we received from Nick and Lola’s mom, Noelle, along with these pictures…


You were 100% correct about opposite sex pairings. As you can see, my very dominant 4 year old male, Nick, is completely tolerant of Miss Lola!

It’s been a perfect match.




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See more Blog Posts from Endless Mountain Labradors:

I hear all chocolate labs are hyper, and all yellow labs are dumb…and all…(blah, blah…)

My Old Lab is like a Fine Wine

When should I spay/neuter my puppy?

Puppy’s First Days at Home!


  1. I am looking to introduce a 3rd dog to our home.

    I have two corgis, a 10yo male and a 6yo female. The female is the alpha. 99 percent of the time they get along great and play daily. The only time they fight tends to be over food, they are fed separately, but with kids in the house sometimes something falls on the floor which they both want ( and very rarely, jealousy). The last year or so the male usually defers and will walk away with the female voices her opinion.

    I am thinking the new puppy would be a male. (we are thinking of a lab, for our next furbaby). Is this the logic we should use?

  2. I was reading your blogs and came across the post above talking about introducing a puppy to an older dog. Everything you stated was dead on! After we had our first Lab, Bo, for a couple of years, we decided to add to the family and, of course, decided on another Lab. I never thought about gender and we added another male to the household. With the exception of the different gender, we did exactly what you suggested. We kept in neutral, off leash and, honestly, I treated my boys the same as I did when I brought my second home from the hospital. I made sure that the attention was on my daughter (who was almost two at the time), etc. That really seemed to help a lot!

    It took time and patience but the boys did establish a pecking order but I held my breath as they did. I truly believe that if they would have been opposite gender, it would have gone so much smoother (hind sight 20/20). I will say that Bo had the patience of Job when it came to Luke and his “puppy years” and I believe that in part is because of his calm, Lab nature (which we were lucky that he had and can’t always be guaranteed even with the best of pups). They became inseparable and quite the pair. In Luke’s early years, Bo took care of him and when Bo became older, Luke stood up and he in turn took care of Bo. As you can tell, I’m a bit biased about my boys and Labs in general…lol 😉

    This time around, we are looking to add a little girl to our mix/household. I am so happy that I found your website! We are looking to add to our family next year. I started to research breeders and it was so refreshing to come across a breeder that is truly passionate about Labs and that truly cares about the breed. Your advice and knowledge is really helpful even though I’m not new to owning a Labs.

    Thank you!

  3. We plan to get a puppy in early March but price will be a factor

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