Bringing a new dog home to your existing dog is exciting! Although some new canine siblings may become good friends, it may take some time for others. Dogs, just like humans, have their own unique personality, which blends with some people but is different from others. In addition, just like people, a good first impression can leave a lasting impact on a dog. Please consider these tips when introducing a new dog into your home, and you will establish a successful and happy relationship between your existing dog and the new dog.
When introducing dogs to each other, it is important to choose a meeting place that represents a neutral place for the two puppies. Bringing your new dog directly into your current dog’s home may cause unnecessary border disputes. The danger of strangers also applies to puppies! Facilitating “short encounters” between your new dog and your existing dog is a great way for dogs to get to know each other without arrogant obstacles.
Ask to isolate your roommate (the person you are currently detained and can safely approach) to walk your dog while you are walking another dog. Walk on both sides of the street or in opposite directions about 20 feet apart. Let the dogs see each other, but keep walking. Passing by again, and then started walking in the same direction, still on both sides of the street. Slowly, start to join other people and other dogs. The goal here is to make the two dogs actively approach each other and feel comfortable in each other’s company. Don’t let the dogs meet completely until you have walked a few blocks or about 5-7 minutes. If you can’t separate the puppies before you let them greet each other, it helps to have the dogs separated by one person. It goes like this: dog-person-dog-person walking forward side by side.
Once you let the cubs meet completely, please do your best to keep your emotions and hands away from this situation. Dogs can feel our emotions through the leash, and an anxious owner will cause an anxious dog. Take a deep breath and stay calm. When they meet for the first time, don’t reach out to pet any dog. Petting your new dog may cause you to be jealous of your existing dog, and vice versa. If you need to pat your current dog’s head quickly to reassure them, that’s okay, but please save the love festival for later. It is also important to keep the leashes of the two dogs slack enough. Dogs use body language to communicate with each other, and tight leashes can prevent dogs from sending friendly signals.
2. Internal introduction
If you do not have available outdoor space, you can also introduce your dog indoors. If you currently live with more than one dog, please give this introduction one by one. Before you begin, remove toys and snacks from the area where you plan to let the dog meet. If your new puppy grabs your current dog’s favorite toy, this may cause some friction. Leash your current dog and your new dog and let them meet in the open space you can provide. Remember to control your emotions and let the dog relax first, so that they can understand each other naturally using their body language. A quick study of the dog’s body language before introducing a pet is a good way to prepare for an active analysis of play time. Check out our article Dog Speak and you will be ready to catch any negative warning signs and reward any positive signs of the game.
Let your dog play to establish his own pecking order. If your dog is responsible for the care of toys or food, put them in a separate room and separate them when playing with your favorite toys. And don’t stress your dog by giving his/her favorite toy to the new dog. Let each dog have its own space and objects. Like people, not all dogs will fall in love with other dogs at first sight. It may take some time for your new dog and existing dog to strengthen the bond between them. It’s ok! Let the dogs understand each other at their own pace, and do their best to express equal love to them and do their part.