Bringing a new dog home, and introducing him to your other pets, can be challenging. If your current pet has lived alone with you for years, he may dislike the idea of now being forced to share “his” space with another animal. On the other hand, if you have recently brought home a young pup, he may look forward to having the company of another canine. Every case is unique, and should be approached accordingly.
Below, we’ll offer a few tips that will help make the transition as smooth as possible. The following suggestions will minimize the likelihood of confrontations between your new dog and resident pets.
Buy Necessary Supplies In Advance
By the time you bring your new canine home, you should already have a bed, crate, water and food bowls, collar and lead, and toys waiting for him. These will make him feel much more comfortable in his new environment. Make sure you keep your resident pets away from these supplies prior to the arrival of your canine. Otherwise, they’ll leave their scent on them, which represents a claim on the property.
Wear The Scents Of Your Current Pets
When you pick up your dog to bring him home for the first time, wear clothing that has your current pet’s scent. The reason for doing this is to prepare your new dog for what awaits him at your home. He’ll understand that he’ll be sharing space with another pet.
Also, leave your resident pets at home when you pick up your new canine. This will give him a chance to become accustomed to their scent. It will also provide an opportunity for him to spend time with you without your other pets vying for your attention.
Allow Your Current Pets To Smell Your New Pet’s Scent
When you arrive home, have a friend remain outside with your new dog while you go inside to greet your resident pets. You’ll have the canine’s scent on you, which gives your current pets a chance to get acquainted with it. They are unaware they’re about to gain a new “friend”; smelling his scent is a valuable first step.
Next, confine them behind closed doors while you bring your new dog inside your home. Let him explore his surroundings at his own pace. After a half-hour, place him in his crate in the center of your living room. Let your current pets into the room, and supervise their behavior. They will be able to smell your new canine’s scent, which will already be familiar to them. Likewise, your canine will be familiar with their scents.
Making The Introductions
Don’t encourage your pets to interact with each other. Sit down nearby with a book, and pay attention for any signs of aggression. Let them investigate each other in their own way.
Every pet is unique. Some will display enthusiasm for the new addition to your family. Others will seem confused and hesitant, but will slowly become more comfortable. If your new dog and current pets interact well together, provide treats to encourage that behavior.
After forty or fifty minutes, let your new dog out of his crate. By this time, all of your pets will have become acclimated to each others’ company, and had time to gain a level of comfort. Be observant of their interaction, and stay ready to respond to the first indication of aggression. Otherwise, step back and let them mingle.
They may attempt to play with one another; they might ignore each other for awhile; or they may investigate further through close-up sniffing. Let them interact at their own pace. As before, stay nearby so you can intervene if any of your pets show aggression. There’s minimal chance of this occurring, however, since they have had plenty of time to grow accustomed to each other.
It’s important to avoid favoring your new canine. During the first few weeks, you’ll want to spend time with him in order to establish a bond. But take care to make sure your other pets don’t feel ignored. With the above approach, your pets will eventually see each other as friends within the same “pack.
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