Dogs are social animals and most enjoy the company of others. Just like humans, some dogs have more outgoing personalities, and others are more reserved. Whether you just brought home a new puppy and are introducing him to an existing dog or you are walking at a park with your dog, a proper introduction is very important.
There are many approaches to create initial introductions walking together for examplebut I wanted to share my best secrets for creating long-term, full comfort when new dogs are freely interacting and living together. What are those secrets? Ready for it?
When you decide to add an additional dog to your household, you must acclimate your dogs to one another properly. This can prevent them from fighting and displaying aggressive behavior toward each other. In most cases, the "old" dog that has already been residing in your home may feel territorial and defend their home against the "new" dog.
Each dog should be walked separately on a leash, and each walker should have a bag of high-value treats or food broken into small pieces. If the dogs are not showing any negative behaviors, reward them with treats just for seeing each other. Repeat often.
After weeks or months of planning and consideration, you made the decision to get another dog. Two dogs are as easy to take care of as one dog, if your first dog has been well trained and will model good dog-manners to the new dog. However, adding a second canine to the household is financially more expensive and requires more time in terms of training, feeding, walking, and picking up after your dogsand may reveal underlying behavioral problems in your dog.
If you have a dog and a new one will be entering or visiting your home, there are things you can do to ensure that the meeting goes off without a hitch. A new dog can mean you are bringing home a foster or a new family member, someone who has a dog is moving into your house, or someone is visiting with a dog. If you know that both dogs are very social with a variety of other dogs, the meeting should be easy.
Before you plan on bringing a puppy home, make plans for introducing the new puppy to dogs that already live there. Adult dogs often welcome a new canine buddy but it's important to try to choose compatible pet matches. Some puppies will require quarantine before meeting the rest of the doggy family as well.
When you're introducing two dogs to each other, first impressions matter. How the dogs interact in their first few encounters can set the tone for their entire relationship, so follow these steps to set their relationship up for success. Have both dogs on-leash. Take the dogs for a walk together, keeping 10 feet between them so that they can't greet each other or stare.
It is important to be well-researched before committing to a new pet, even if you are an experienced pet owner or already have other pets. RSPCA Australia recommends you take the time to find a detailed book on the breed you are acquiring well before bringing it home, so that you are well prepared for its arrival. Some dogs will integrate into a family with existing pets better than others.
I'm about to have some houseguests arrive, and they'll be here for a few days. Why am I telling you this, you ask? So, in the interests of everyone being able to get along for the next 5 days, I am dusting off the old manual to tell you about the best way to introduce two dogs to each other. These are the basics of introducing your dog to another dog.