Introducing A New Puppy To Your Dog

Introducing A New Puppy To Your Dog

Introducing A New Puppy To Your Dog

Finally you have made your mind to bring a new puppy home, it is entirely up t you what new puppy you bring home. It could be a pedigree pup, may be you are getting one from a shelter or getting one from a breeder. I know how excited you would be to bring a new puppy home. But, what to do if you have already a mature dog in the backyard? What would you do in introducing a new puppy to your dog? If that are some of the questions in your mind then I’m here to answer them. Continue below to learn more about introducing a new puppy to your dog.

Introducing A New Puppy To Your Dog : Understanding The Dog Behavior

Introducing A New Puppy To Your DogIt will be a poor approach if I would jump straight to the methods of introducing a new puppy to your resident dog before knowing the psychology of dogs and dog’s behavior to other new dogs. You should keep one thing in mind that a mature and resident dog has been through his behavioral training and house training and he shall feel more comfortable in contrast to a new puppy that has to learn all these things after they come to the new abode.

Dogs are social animals in general, and they love to socialize with other dogs irrespective of the breeds. But problems can arise if they don’t socialize well with each other. It is wise to consult a pet behavior therapist before bringing home a new puppy.

How To Bring A New Dog Into The Home With A Dog : My Personal Experience

Introducing A New Puppy To Your DogI have had an experience to bring a total of 6 puppies in last 4 years and I have learnt a lot about the behavior of resident dogs and new pups. Things I have learnt in my experience are

  1. Not once my resident dog has warm heartedly welcomed the new pup
  2. All of the resident dogs usually growled and moved away from the new resident
  3. Not once any of my resident dogs hurt the newcomer

As per my experience resident dogs never appreciate the existence of new ones around them in the early days but with the passage of time they get used to their new playmates and socialize.

Warning Signs

Introducing A New Puppy To Your DogI have a different approach when it comes to introducing a new puppy to current dog. I always keep myself prepared for the worst as sometimes both the dogs don’t get along well. Not all the resident dogs are friendly to the new ones, and you need to keep an eye on the meeting sessions. Below are some of the warning signs to let you know when things can go bad while interaction.

  1. If your pup squeals during escalation and resident dog escalates his response, then it is time for you to step in.
  2. If your dog starts barking at the pup, and continues to do it then it is your responsibility to take the resident dog away, though you can take the pup anywhere else but I would suggest taking the resident dog away.

How To Introduce A New Dog Into Your Home

Now that you are ready to go and bring your pup, here are few things you need to do. Firstly, you need to ensure that your resident dog has had a proper vaccination and had proper treatment for worms and parasites, as well as the pup you are bringing home. Secondly, purchase all the necessary items that a new pup would need at home. I have already written a detailed article on bringing home a new puppy.

Introducing A New Puppy To Your Dog: First Meeting

I would recommend that you should arrange the first meeting in a neutral place, it could a park or any neighbor’s backyard. An open place would be the best one, there would be a plenty of things to distract themselves. Make sure you have hooked a leash to both dogs, allow them to sniff each other and keep the leash loose so that they don’t feel they are being held back.

Introducing A New Puppy To Your DogYour resident dog might snap or growl at the new pup, but this is a behavior and you shouldn’t get panicked by it. But, if your older dog keeps behaving aggressively then remove the pup from his sight. A good socialized dog will get along well with the new pup, he would play with pup or completely ignore him.

Introducing A New Puppy To Your Dog At Home

Make sure the initial meet up is brief, it is advisable to walk back home with both dogs, each one on your both sides. This is the best behavioral training both would learn the very first day. When you reach home let go off the big dog’s leash, but keep the puppy on leash. Let them interact with each other, let the understand one another. If your resident dog acts normally you can put off the pup’s leash too.

Don’t let both of the dogs go out of your sight, you must always supervise the meeting at least in the first full week. Never leave them alone all on their own, supervision would force the older dog to behave even if he isn’t in the mood of behaving.

Keep a watchful eye when things get aggressive, jump in to any such situation where older dog gets aggressive towards the young pup.

Introducing A New Puppy To Your Dog At Home : Things To Avoid & Some Instructions

  1. Never ever give attention only one of the two dogs in the first couple of weeks.
  2. Never punish the older dog in front of the young one.
  3. Don’t be bias towards the younger pup in front of the resident dog.
  4. Don’t feed both dogs with the same food bowls. Make sure you feed each of the two in their respective food and water bowls. Teach them not to touch other’s food bowl while having meal.
  5. In case they fight, stop the fight as soon as possible. Otherwise they might develop an aggressive behavior to each other.
  6. Make sure the puppy bonds with you more than it bonds with the older dog.

Introducing A New Puppy To Your DogThese things don’t promote positive feeling in pets, and you should take care of that.

Remember, introducing a new puppy to your dog isn’t easy for both, you and the pets. But, eventually they would learn to get along and accept each other. All you need to ensure is that they are not left on their own. Follow these steps and I am sure the process of introducing a new puppy to your dog at home wouldn’t be a problem. Feel free to share your experiences with me, I would love to hear from you.

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