Our expert says:
Why is the male dog not allowed inside? Isn't it easier to have all three dogs allowed inside? Introducing the puppy may be a delicate matter as the spaniel may be jealous because she has been spoiled and allowed "privileges", and the male dog may disapprove of a puppy getting "privileges" above him. Privileges, such as sleeping in the owner's "den", getting the owner's attention on demand, being fed special food 3 times a day etc., should really be reserved for the older dogs, so be careful how you treat the puppy in their presence. You may have to supervise the first few meetings with both dogs, giving the older dogs lots of praise and rewards (e.g. treats) while the puppy is around, so that they associate the pup with pleasure, not being chassed away or shouted at. The older dogs will probably growl at the puppy or ignore it at first, but this is normal and you should ignore it, unless you're afraid of real aggression, of course. Sometimes putting the puppy in a crate or cage for the first few meetings helps as they can all sniff each other and move around safely and you don't need to interfere.
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