Help me! I have a four year old lab who can get jealous at times though after a while he gets used to them. We are looking into a new puppy and I want to be sure it's the right decision for I'm afraid Chance (Pic) Could hurt the pup. Any advice?
That is a very tough decision. Usually if you know your dogs temperment you can get a pup oppisite, and everything is fine. I had a very alpha aussie female. She was 5yrs when I brought home a submissive 1yr rescue mini poodle. they did great together, and were best friends until my aussie died at age 13yrs. The poodle took it hard to. If you know he is a jelous dog, then give him the extra attention when you get the pup. Always envite him into the play, and crate train the pup, that way you and your older dog can have together time alone. I always say if you have the time, you can make it work. If you don't have the time, don't try. Fights can happen even under the best circumstances. Good luck
There is almost always a transition period when you bring a puppy into a home with an older dog. You shouldn't leave the two dogs alone together unless you're positive the older dog is okay with the puppy. It's really a question of whether you want a dog. I would consider whether the older dog will be stressed by a puppy - but past that, they can learn to deal with it a lot more quickly than you think.
The trick is to make sure that older dog feels special still. Feed the older dog first, give him treats first, give him attention first. You're then establishing the pecking order in the home in the minds of both older dog and puppy.
Pay attention to the personality/temperament of the puppy. Don't get an "alpha" pup. Get one who is used to taking orders from the other puppies and/or older dogs. Get one that has been playing with older dogs (as a breeder I make sure my puppies are exposed to my older dogs so they learn manners and that they are NOT the big dogs).
Do NOT get a small breed dog. Get one who will compliment your current dog and his breed. Another retriever/sporting dog would probably be best and one that is similar in size.
Really, you should choose a puppy you're drawn to, but keep your current dog in mind. If he's a couch potato, it's probably not a good idea to get a really active puppy. If he's really active, getting a puppy he can play with and enjoy as well is a plus.
If you are considering getting another dog, I would pick one of the opposite sex, first of all. You can introduce them in the park or somewhere on neutral ground, and then make sure you do as a former poster said, make a fuss of your big dog, and things should work out fine. Good luck.
I disagree with the "get one of the opposite sex" thing. It really depends on the breed. With Shelties, two males get along better than two females - and really two males get along as well as a male and female would. Too many people focus on the sex of the dog. Pay attention to the individual personality of the puppy. An Alpha Male isn't going to like an Alpha female anymore than it will another Alpha Male. If you spay/neuter with MOST breeds sex doesn't make that huge a difference - the personality of the individual puppy does though.