So, you have decided to have a new puppy. Maybe you acquired a puppy with a pedigree, may have taken him from a shelter, but the main thing you need to consider is how to integrate it into your family, especially if you already have a favorite dog. You need not only think about simply integrating the puppy into the family, but also about how to train him while maintaining his old dog happy.
Dogs are inherently social creatures. They usually love to be in the company of other dogs, but it’s important that you know your dog, and understand how it can react. If she not properly socialized, then this can create problems for both dogs, when the puppy is placed on its territory, therefore, in in this case, it is advisable to consult with a behaviorist, before bringing the puppy home. However, if your dog is good trained and quite friendly to other dog, then puppy integration will be much easier and faster.
Before bringing a puppy to his new home
Before you bring your puppy home, you need to prepare for this. First, make sure both animals passed the course of vaccination and were cured of parasites. This is especially it is important if the puppy has been abandoned and received from the shelter.
Get new items for your puppy, including bowls, toys and bed. Do not expect your dog to share them with puppy. Even if she did not exhibit possessive behavior before, it is always better to be safe.
Before introducing a puppy to a new home, it is advisable hold the first meeting of dogs in neutral territory, for example, in the garden of a neighbor or in a local park. Best to have a meeting outdoors where dogs will have many other things that will be able to distract them. To meet you, you need the help of a family member, which will help control one of the dogs. Keep dogs on a leash and bring them together so they can greet a new friend and sniff him. Keep the leashes free so that they don’t feel restrained. Do not take puppy in his arms so that he does not feel trapped or under a threat. Stand straight with legs apart so the puppy can to retreat and take cover behind them if necessary.
You must stay relaxed as dogs can copy your busy behavior. At this point the puppy, may show submissive behavior such as licking face of an adult dog or lying on its back. Your adult dog may growl at a puppy, but this is normal behavior and just a way teach your puppy good manners. Of course, if your dog continue show aggression, you must remove it and end the meeting. Trained dogs will usually examine the puppy and then either play with him, or ignore him. Classic invitation playing in dogs looks like the front of the dog is dropping, and the tail, on the contrary, rises.
Bring the puppy home
After a short meeting you should bring the dogs together, and, as once you reach home, you can let go of an adult dog with leash. Keep your puppy on a leash and let them examine together the room. If your adult dog is positive and normal behavior, you can let both dogs go, but control them.
Monitor any dog interaction, especially the first week living together so they know each other better. Not leave them alone. Support all existing walks and feeding as usual. Let the puppy fit into your ordinary routine.
Be careful, especially in situations that may cause aggression, for example, when you come home, when guests come during walks, as well as during meals, and yours and them. It’s also important to spend time alone with each dog, so that the adult dog feels the attention it’s used to, and your puppy got the opportunity to develop a relationship with you. If spending time only with both dogs, then they, first of all, will develop a relationship with each other
During feeding you must feed the dogs of their individual bowls. Place them as far apart as possible. perhaps and always thwart their attempts to intimidate each other or attempts to take away food. When they eat, clean the bowls. Teach them not to touch or eat from someone else’s bowl, even if another the dogs are gone.
Remember that an adult dog will try to teach a puppy good manners and show him how to behave, so do not bother much she is, however, you may need a few adjust her behavior. Also don’t let the puppy constantly disturb the adult dog. If they start to fight, stop them as quickly as possible so that they do not develop their aggressive behavior.
Over time and with some patience, both dogs will learn recognize each other, but until this point, they should not be left in private, keeping them in separate rooms or parts of the house, if necessary. Performing these steps, you need to make sure that your new puppy becomes part of the family with minimal efforts as possible.