- At 10, most dogs are mature, but not "old". They still enjoy life and have some spunk and vinegar left.
- Again, at this age, most dogs are not terribly annoyed by the rambunctious playfulness of a puppy. As they continue to grow older, a lack of patience sometimes takes the place of interest in a newcomer, making this a more challenging time to add a puppy to the mix.
- A 10-year-old dog can still enjoy playing with a growing puppy, and will be able to learn gentle ways to play, if taught.
- The puppy will learn much from the older dog about obedience, the rules of the house, and house training, as well as getting a good example of calmer behavior.
- The older dog will likely retain some of his youthful vigor longer, as a result of having a younger playmate.
As Tanner grew, Xena began to play more vigorously with him, in response to his ability to play more like a "big boy". She continues to enjoy, and often invites, a good wrestling match. At nearly 90, I'm proud to see her enjoying playtime with Tanner. While she often still is the instigator, she is now beginning to allow him to take the more dominant role in their play. This is an interesting dynamic, given Tanner's submissiveness. While their behaviors continue to change slowly, their relationship as happy pack members is as solid as ever.
Have you added a puppy or new dog to other dogs in your household? I'd love to hear your story and learn how you fared. Please write to me at LetsAdoptaDogPark@gmail.com or leave a comment at the link below the post--next to the envelope icon.
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