During the COVID-19 crisis, with so many dogs looking for foster and adoption homes, the lives of pets all over the world are changing. Bringing a new dog to your current dog is really exciting! Although some new canine siblings may become good friends, it may take some time for other canine siblings. Just like people, dogs also have their own unique personalities. They are closely integrated with some people, but not so closely with others. Likewise, like people, a good first impression can leave a lasting impact on a dog. When introducing a new dog into your home, please consider the following tips. You will set up your current dog and new dog at the same time to establish a successful and happy relationship.
When introducing dogs to each other, be sure to choose a meeting place that represents the neutral position of the two puppies. Bringing a new dog into the home of the current dog may cause unnecessary border disputes. The cubs are also dangerous! Facilitating a “short encounter” between the new dog and the current dog is a good way for dogs to understand each other without being bothered by themselves.
The roommate who requires isolation (the person you are currently restrained and can approach safely) walks the dog and walks the dog. Walk-in opposite directions on opposite sides of the street or about 20 feet apart. Let the dogs meet each other and continue walking. Pass another intersection and start walking in the same direction, but still on opposite sides of the street. Slowly, start to be with other people and other dogs. The goal is to make the two dogs approach and stay comfortable in each other’s company. Don’t let the dog meet completely until you have walked a few blocks or about 5-7 minutes. If you can’t separate the puppies before letting them greet each other, it helps to separate the dog by one person. It looks like this: dog-person-dog-person walking forward side by side.
Once you let the cubs fully meet, please do your best to keep your emotions and hands away from the situation. Dogs can feel our emotions through the leash, and anxious owners may cause anxious dogs. Take a deep breath and stay calm. When they meet for the first time, don’t reach out to pet one of the dogs. Petting your new dog may cause the jealousy of your current dog and vice versa. If you need to pet your dog quickly to make sure they are all right, but you can save the festival of love for later use. It is also important to keep the leashes of the two dogs loose enough. Dogs use body language to speak to each other, and tightening the leash may prevent dogs from sending friendly signals.
2. Internal introduction
If you don’t have available outside space, you can also bring your dog indoors. If you currently have more than one dog in your family, please introduce this profile one by one. Before you begin, remove toys and snacks outside the area where you plan to allow dogs. If your new puppy grabs your current dog’s favorite toy, it may cause friction. Leash your current dog and your new dog, let them meet, and provide open space as much as possible. Remember to control your emotions and keep your dogs relaxed so that they can understand each other naturally using their body language. Before introducing your pet, a quick study of the dog’s body language is a good way to prepare to actively analyze the game time. Check out our article “Dog Talking” and you will be ready to catch any negative warning signals and reward any positive game signals.
Allow your dog to establish his own pecking order through play. If you have a dog that can protect toys or food, you can feed them in a separate room and separate them when playing with favorite toys. And don’t put pressure on the new dog by giving him/her his/her favorite toy. Allow each dog to have its own space and belongings. Like people, not all dogs fall in love with other dogs at first sight. Your new dog and the current dog may take some time to strengthen their bond. It’s ok! Do your part by letting the dogs know each other at their own pace, and do their best to make them show the same emotions.