Introducing a new dog into your family is exciting and can also be a bit stressful. Taking the time to properly introduce your new pup into your home will make life easier for all of you.
Here are some steps that may help with this process:
1. Introduce the puppy to the house:
First, give the puppy a chance to explore as much of your house as possible. This will let him become accustomed to his new surroundings. You may want to place blankets on the floor so he won’t be afraid of walking on hardwood or tile floors. Some pups will be more comfortable if they have a blanket or two they can curl up and sleep with in their crate or a small bed near you. It is important that your adult dog is not overly protective of his new surroundings at this point. Dogs will become protective of an area in their territory and may try to keep the puppy out. It is best if they can accept each other’s presence without much conflict.
2. Introduce to the other dog(s):
Following the above step, next is introducing your new pup to your adult dog. First, introduce them in a neutral area where neither dog will feel dominated. If you are lucky enough to have a fenced in backyard, this is an ideal area. If not, a large room with no obstacles works well as well. It’s best if you have another person there to help you initially. The idea is to not let them interact face-to-face at first. With the adult dog on a leash, allow him to smell the puppy through the gate or door. If possible, have the two dogs’ tails pointed away from each other at first to avoid any confrontation.
3. Allow contact:
Once your dogs are comfortable around each other while ignoring each other, it is time for them to get to know each other better. Again, it’s best to have an extra person around as they will need supervision. Once you are able to allow them to be in the same room together, this is a good time for supervised interaction. Move the dog that doesn’t make your pup feel comfortable with him and have the two dogs get used to each other by sniffing through the gate or door. As soon as they calm down a bit, set up a play session with toys and food within sight of one another. Do not allow them to interact face-to-face. They may come to a mutual understanding over time, but you will need to intervene if this doesn’t happen.
4. It’s all about trust and respect:
Having your pups go through these steps together is an important factor in their relationship in the future. Make sure that you have both dogs’ safety in mind at all times, but set up situations where they can get used to each other without feeling too threatened or intimidated. Once they have come to a mutual understanding, you will find that your adult dog will have more respect for the puppy as well. Now it’s time to introduce the pup to other family members.
When Should I Introduce The Puppy To The Adult Dog?
You are a responsible adult who has decided to get a puppy but you want to make sure the adult dog is happy and comfortable before you bring them together. The best time for this is as soon as possible when the adult dog is allowed to be around your puppy.
If You Have An Adult Dog And You Are About To Get A Puppy What Should You Do?
You know your dog and because of this you realize your puppy is going to be the most awesome puppy when it comes to play. The knowledge that your adult dog has been around other dogs before might give you a good feeling about the interaction between the puppies. Just because a dog has been around other dogs does not guarantee they will be 100% ready for a puppy being in the house with them. It is still best to read a lot about dogs and how they interact with the puppies.
Prepare The Dog For The Puppys Arrival
Your dog is going to feel the difference when you get a puppy around, they may become confused when their routine has changed. Dogs are very territorial creatures so getting them used to have a puppy around through positive reinforcement or treats will help your dog become comfortable with the presence of your new addition.