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New Puppy causing issues with smaller, older dog. Don't know if we should keep him.

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I joined to post this question as my SO and I are at wits end and we don't know what to do. We have 13-week old puppy that we brought home about 8 days ago. He's a Shepherd\Lab cross and seems to be a happy, playful and very rambunctious little guy. Our other dog is a 14 year old Chihuahua cross. She is generally pretty anti-social with other dogs but we've had 2 previous large-breed dogs (both older rescues) that she has co-existed with without any problems. The issue is that the new puppy wants to play with her SO BADLY that he generally loses his mind whenever he's near her, and due to the fact that he is already about 3X her weight and is all paws, we're afraid he's going to inadvertently hurt her. She is not a playful-type dog, and will actually leap and bite at him, but he just stands there when she does that, so we don't think he'd intentionally hurt her, but she's not in great physical health and the few times we've tried to get them together, he's all over her, pawing and jumping around. At the moment we have our house divided into "his and her" spaces, but we cant keep living this way. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of situation? Any tricks or methods we could try to get them to coexist? If we cant solve this we're going to likely end up having to rehome him. It's just not fair for her (and us) to be cordoned off in what was her (our) home.

Thanks all.
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Thanks for responding Lillith. We managed to get them out walking together yesterday, but he's still eager to play with her when he sees her in the house. We are sort of at a deadline for solving this as I have signed us up for puppy training starting in two days, I'm thinking that if I can get him to understand "off" and "down", we might be able to use those to keep him off of her until he calms down a bit, but I'm reluctant to pay the $300 for training just to then rehome him. We are considering trying a heavily supervised free-time with the two of them to see if he'll discover on his own that she's not interested and just leave her alone. I'll update with any new developments.
It's $300 for 6 weeks of basic obedience, not puppy-specific training. Unfortunately, in our area, there are virtually no puppy classes being run due to restrictions on class sizes and numbers, and the classes that are being run fill up immediately due to all of the new "Covid-dog" owners out there.
Just to close out the post. After many hours of discussion and many tears shed, we have rehomed our puppy. He went to a good home with young kids and will hopefully live a good long life. We're going to get another puppy after our older dog passes. Thanks for the responses.
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