So, you are adding a second dog to your fur-family, congratulations! Bringing a new
four-legged friend home is certainly exciting. However, your current dog might not be so
thrilled. Below are a few tips to help you, your current dog, and your new friend adjust.
1. It is a good idea to introduce your new dog and
your current dog on neutral ground. At first, keep both
animals leashed (so that you are in control) and let
them sniff each other. After a few minutes, go for a
walk to the dog park. If all is going well and there are
no signs of aggression, allow the dogs to spend
some time playing and getting to know each other.
This will help to ease the social transition for both
2. When you do something fun with one dog, make sure the other dog gets attention too.
Just like children, dogs get jealous!
3. For the first few days, if you have to leave your house, put the dogs in separate
rooms. This is just a safety precaution until you know that the dogs get along and there
is no chance of fighting.
4. Say each dog's name BEFORE you give them a treat or toy. This will teach your dogs
to wait until they hear their name before taking an item from you. This is also a way to
teach good manners and will help condition your dog NOT to jump when he wants
something. Remember be patient and consistent when training.
Most likely your new dog and your current dog will become best friends in no time. Be
patient, be firm and be kind. Dogs are intelligent, wonderful animals that usually adapt well
to new situations. And as I always say, two dogs are better than one!