introducing a new female pyrenees pup to sweet resident 5 year old male pup

how should i introduce this new female to my boy. We just lost our 11 year old female pyrenees who was dominant 2 weeks ago

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May 24, 2017
by: Anonymous

First of all, is your male neutered? If he is, good! That should make introductions much less complicated.

Both dogs should be under control and there should be lots of room for them to move about. A quiet, fenced back yard would be best. Do not interfere with high voiced chit-chat....dogs know how to do this without our input. Keep a relaxed awareness as they meet. Breathe!

Keep the male on his leash even if he offers a play-bow. He will be bigger and heavier than she is and could hurt her with a playful swat.

If they relax and lay down together and he gives you that beautiful Pyr smile, you are well on your way to a happy outcome.

If, by chance, he approaches her stiff legged and growly you must turn her backside to him for a sniff. You must stay calm. He may see her as an interloper as you are introducing a new dog pretty soon after he has lost his other canine companion. If he does not relax, calmly remove the puppy from his space. Let him watch her explore your home form a safe distance. Then place her in her kennel, and unleash the male to explore her scent traces. Do this several times a day for as long as it takes for him to lose his wariness with this new dog. It may take a few days or a few weeks until he offers a play-bow. Just remember, he's calling the shots, not you.

Do not leave them alone, unattended, for at least the first full month in her new home. She's a puppy, so she can be a silly goose. He's a male that has been used to a bossy older lady. It will take him some time to adjust to this new situation.

If you give them all the time they need, take them for walks in quiet places, keep her away from his feed bowl, teach them to sit politely for a treat (he always gets his first) chances are she will adore him and he will be proud.

Good luck. Enjoy!

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