Our 13 year old Westie hovers over the new westie puppy constantly as he moves around, sometimes nudging him with his paw and sometimes seeming to want to carry him as he nibbles at his back below his neck between his shoulder blades.
The 13 year old is very mellow as well as the puppy being somewhat shy. They are both males and I have one more 6 year old westie in the mix which will be my next question. What seems to be the scenario here?
Hi Debbie There's always an adjustment period when a new puppy is introducing into your home, and each dog will react differently because they're individuals.
Having two, or three, dogs of the same sex in one home can be challenging, and it's more likely to cause confrontation as the puppy reaches adolescence and maturity. Two dogs of the opposite sex tend to get along better when adult. In either situation having all the dogs spayed/neutered is highly recommended.
It sounds as though your older Westie recognizes the fact that this is a young puppy and is trying to 'guide' him or take care of him. He doesn't have mothering instincts of course, but it does seem as though he's making some sort of effort to care for the pup. Momma dogs will pick up their puppies and move them around by the scruff of their neck, generally this happens when she's trying to find a safe place for them or protect them from a threat.
I'd recommend that you read my Introducing A New Puppy page as it has lots of tips and advice to help you get through the first couple of weeks while everyone adjusts.