Most people remain "only dog" parents, but the numbers are growing for multiple dog households. How you introduce your new pup to your first pup is very important.
*It's a bad idea to bring your dog along to pick up your new puppy or dog. The car is not the location for a meet and greet.
*If you're bringing in a new puppy, it's a good idea to exercise him through play a bit before introducing him to your dog. A tired puppy is a more relaxed puppy.
*Choose a neutral location (not your home) for the two dogs to meet. It's a good idea to find a safe, possibly fenced in area and first allow your original dog to run alone. Then switch and allow the new dog to run around alone. Finally, slowly allow both dogs to roam in this area together, unleashed. At this point the new dog had picked up your first dog's scent and you have lessened the likelihood for a negative meeting.
*Don't force the interactions. Dog form their relationships in their own way and in their own time. Your original dog might give the cold shoulder for a bit. That's OK and he should be allowed time to adjust on his own terms.
*It's very important for YOU to stay calm and relaxed.
*Once the two dogs seem comfortable together, it's time to take them home. A leashed walk together around your house is a good idea before going inside.
*Once home, it's a good idea to allow your new dog to roam around and
investigate your home a bit. This is best done while your first dog is
in another location or under your control so new pup has time to explore his new home and start the
adjustment process without being even more overwhelmed by your existing