How to Help Your Other Pets Adjust When Bringing Home a New Dog

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You are excited!  You have a new dog and you are ready to bring them home and introduce them to the rest of your pet family. Are you unsure of how to introduce them or do you worry how they may interact with other pets you may have? If so, you’re in the right place!

Let’s take a look at how you can make bringing home a new dog a smooth and pleasant process.

Take Your Time When Bringing Home a New Dog

No matter how well behaved your dog is, introducing a new friend is not something you want to do in one big jump.

Now, you can’t exactly borrow your new dog for an hour or two a day, but you can take it slowly when introducing him to other pets.

There are several different techniques that can be employed to introduce dogs to one another in a slow and controlled fashion.

Use a Leash to Aid Introductions

When first bringing home a new dog, it’s a good idea to use a leash. Have the two dogs meet outside, on neutral ground, not in the backyard or on the front lawn.

Dogs protect their territory. If you throw the pair together in the backyard, things could take a nasty turn.

It’s important to ensure that the leashes are loose and give the dogs room to move. Keeping things too tight can create tension between the animals.

Once the pair, or group, have met and done the sniffing that comes so naturally to them, take the introductions to the next phase.

Remember, if they start to play with each other, this is a good thing, but not a sign to jump to the end of the introduction schedule.

Bring the Dogs Inside But Keep an Eye on Them

Once you’re sure that the dogs are accustomed to one another, you can move inside. Just make sure you keep an eye on them. Stay in the room with them, and most important of all, don’t force things.

Keep in mind that dogs are territorial, and the new addition will need to find his place in the hierarchy.

While you need to split them up if they start to fight, make sure you give them room to work out who the boss is. That is nature and needs to run its course.

Keep Your Dogs Apart When You’re out of the House

When bringing home a new pet, it’s always a good idea to keep him separate from other pets while you’re out of the house.

If you can keep them in separate rooms, that will ensure you control their adjustment period and that any disagreements occur under your watch.

If rooms are not an option, then create separate crates. This way, you’ll stop the new dog from biting everything as he finds his rightful place in the home structure.

Take Things Slowly and Enjoy Spending Time with Your Dogs

Bringing home a new dog takes time and patience. Your furry friends will sense the patience and calmness in you and this will help with the whole process. Yes, it’s easy to do. Just make sure you pay attention, and most of all, enjoy spending time with your extended doggy family.

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