Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bringing Home Dog #2

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 dog.

6 comments:

  1. Very Good Advice... that is pretty much how I introduced Myself to Baby ERNIE... we spent an ENTIRE DAY outside in a Big Open area ... walking around together... before we even Tried getting in the car fur the ride to his new home... We were both so Tired we just laid down side by side... and that is how we have ridden ever since...

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  2. Excellent advice. Hailey first met Zaphod outside his foster mom's home. she was far more interested in being somewhere strange then in him! He joined our pack 4 days after a move, so I think Hailey thought he came with the new house lol!

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  3. Good advice but me and Stanley were a package deal BOL!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  4. All very good tips!! Thanks for sharing!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

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  5. With Harlow we had no choice but to meet her at a park, and yes, we brought Sam and Monty along. We walked them for a a couple of hours, sometime stopping to chat, sometimes switching of leashes. Monty is so reactive it was really our test to see if we thought she would fit in with him. I don't recommend it, but it was the only way we could do it at the time.

    Monty and Harlow

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  6. thanks for this great tips! I will storage it in my special folder, just in case I will get a fursibling once...
    Easy Rider

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