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Hello all,
I am looking for advice/recommendations for introducing a new 8 week old working female gsd(Zira) to the house of a working male and a female yorkie. The female will be trained by my wife as her first schutzhund dog. She comes from a very fine breeding of a working SG BSP male and working female gsd.
http://www.gcschutzhund.org/unkas.shtml
I have seen the puppy each week for the last 8 weeks and I am headed tonight to pickup. The breeder and I are very good friends and we hope we have selected the right kind of female to fit our home and my wife. I know the father and mother of my new female very well. They both have super tempermeants and have produced nice working puppies.

Here is a little background of my pack and who the female will be introduced to slowly.

Josie, is a 4.5 year old female yorkie that is very friendly and not dog aggressive but food aggressive. This is not a problem because all my dogs eat in their kennels outside seperately.

Chuck, is a working sable male that is about 11 months old w/ extreme drives in all phases. He is son of V Falk von den Wölfen, who is a famous competitor in the BSP w/ V scores in protection. He has a great tempermeant but you must be careful and watch him closely. He is a true working dog. Chuck replaced my showline dog that did not have the drives for schutzhund. I just took Simba ,19 month old showline male, to Florida to live w/ a family and it was very hard for me ':cry:'. It was best for Simba because two male dogs are a lot of work. I kept them totally seperate and they never got to socialize or even see each other. It was very hard to do this for the last 3 months while I found Simba a new home. Chuck is truely a great dog to train and loves the work.

Josie and Chuck get along great. Josie could care less about chuck and chuck feels the same way. They each know their place in the pack. I have no problems w/ the two being together. It was very easy to introduce these two. I would not consider either dog to be doggy and they look to us for all things. Josie and him never play because Josie does not like to play. I think Chuck would but Josie does not allow that.

My plans for Zira are to get her acclimated to the kennel outside, crate inside home/car and time outside crate in the house. All my dogs love their crates and must learn to go there at anytime. I plan to spend a lot of one on one time w/ Zira for many many months. Zira will have a drag leash on at all times while she is not in a kennel or crate. The drag leash will make it easy to correct her. My wife will play w/ Zira one on one and then she must head to the kennel outside or a crate inside. I do not plan to let Zira socialize w/ the Yorkie or Chuck for some time. I want to control every experience Zira has. We will start training w/ Zira immediately, all of the training is just impriniting and drive building for a very long time. Zira will travel to the Schutzhund club every saturday w/ chuck in seperate crates. I plan to take Zira and Chuck for a walk but I will walk Chuck and my wife will walk Zira. I think this is a good way to start introducing the two. I will not let Zira be dominated by Chuck or Josie, I am the pack leader and will not tolerate any this. I also plan to let Zira sleep in the bedroom in a crate. I have a crate on my side for Chuck and Zira will have her own crate on my wife's side. My biggest goals are to allow Zira into the home and make sure she attaches to my wife and not Chuck or Josie.

Any recommendiations or comments are welcome on my new pack member.
 

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Here's what has worked for me introducing a pup and an adult to my other dogs. I put the new dog in the garage in the crate and let the other's sniff, bark and all that crap then call them out of the garage and do some outside yardwork or whatever, then after a little while repeat and keep repeating, just so they start figuring out that there's a new member here. I put the new dogs crate in my bedroom and let the dogs sniff, bark and whatever for a minute then tell them to knock it off and make them lay down, and after a week or two, leash the other dogs(me handling them) and the new dog (my wife handling the new pup) and just be around each other and judge if the existing dogs mean any harm. Then from there you have to use your own judgement and make sure the pup doesn't get hurt by the others. I guess it depends on the existing dogs temperaments, well, hope this helps and good luck and congratulations on the new pup,

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