Introducing new chi pup to 8 month old chihuahua
I have a female 8 month old Chihuahua who is very sweet natured, definitely not a dominate personality, more submissive but not a total doormat as she can be stubborn. I am getting a 10 week old female chihuahua pup in a few weeks as I think she will benefit from having a companion as she is very playful and can tell she would like a playmate. My last chihuahua was fine on her own.
The breeder I am getting the new pup from has many chihuahuas, male and female who all get along, most are neutered and spayed pets and rescues and she only breeds from a select few, so seeing her dogs I am not too worried about having two female chihuahuas get along as all the pups are raised around her adult chihuahuas of both genders and my current chihuahua is not aggressive though she has not been around other dogs much. She does not bark through the fence at the neighbors dogs though and just looks with a curious air about her. I have started taking her out more and she is a bit nervous for her first two trips to petco, but no aggression when seeing other dogs, just a little unsure when seeing big large breed puppies. She has sat in the vets office calmly among other dogs.
My question is how best to introduce them? I plan on introducing them in a neutral room in the house where my chihuahua is not allowed. Should i just put them down and see how it goes? Should i take one of my dog's blankets to pick up the new pup? I read so many mixed messages online. Should i get all new toys? Also, I plan on having them live in the same space, about the size of a small vet exam room that is gated off with baby gates in my parents house. I was thinking of dividing the space in half with another gate while they are still getting to know each other for the first few weeks so they will be separated by a gate when I am gone and at night or putting a play pen in the space for the new pup - or should i let them stay together right away? As I said, the breeder I am getting the second pup from has all of her dogs together, and they all get along so the pup will be very well socialized.
Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you.