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Hi there, I have a few questions out there for those who've raise a new puppy while having another dog. Since we're getting a new puppy (10 weeks old) and he's going to need to go out to potty a lot, and his schedule will overlap with my current dog's potty schedule. My current dog is 1 year old. Is it okay to bring them both out at the same time to potty or should I make two separate potty trips? Would it be good for the new puppy to watch my current dog go potty outside and would he learn faster from a role model? Right now I'm watching a pretty senior dog who I take out every 3-4 hours, and so Wicket (my current dog) has been learning to potty the same time with the other dog when their schedules overlap. Also this helps me practice with 2 dogs before the new puppy arrives, and so far with potty alone, I think I can manage.

For training sessions, would it be good to retrain my current dog while training the new puppy? She's been getting sloppy with her current commands so I've been starting to retrain her, and was wondering will the new puppy learn faster this way too? I do plan to train her to wait and leave me and the new puppy alone when it's not her turn to learn.

I plan to crate train the new puppy, and I know there will be a few bumps along the way. What I was wondering if the cries of the new puppy will cause my current dog to cry as well? And vice versa, will he learn to cry when she cries when I leave. She usually quiets down after a little bit, but I'm afraid that both will set off each other and it'll turn into a chain storm of crying and anxiety.

So please do tell me of your experiences with raising a new puppy with a current dog. Thank you for any advice and suggestions :D
 

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Thanks guys! Crating training will be interesting lol. Wicket has been getting better with being crated now. She goes in voluntarily and settles down. She was well crate trained before she got spayed, but she didn't fit with her cone so we used the ex-pen while she healed. For the longest time she was trust worthy roaming free and didn't cry when we left opposed to in the ex-pen or crate, but she's been such a brat lately (tearing into things she shouldn't, chewing up baseboards) that we just had to re-crate her. Maybe having company crated next to each other will help soothe each other. Since Smokey (the elderly dog I've been watching over) has been here, Wicket's crying has almost stopped. So maybe the new little boy pup will keep her calm too if he isn't too devastated being crated, lol.
 
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