If you have pets and a new dog will be entering your home, you’ll have to do some things to ensure that their first meeting will go off without a hitch. Having a new dog in your house means that you are bringing a new member into the family, so you have to carefully introduce your new pup to the other four legged friends that you have.
Here are the easiest steps for introducing your new dog to other pets.
- Place the cages of your new dog and other pets in the separate areas of your house. This is important for a stress- free meeting, because you will use the cage as their training tool. Your new pup and other pets get security and comfort from their cages and it gives them a home base to start from. Instead of starting them off outright by meeting pup to pup, try taking small steps to get them acquainted. Try introducing your dogs to each other’s smell first! Place a blanket or toy that the other dog has used in their crate. As you start to exchange scent articles from your pets, they can get used to each other’s smells. This is an important form of communication for dogs.
- Let your new dog roam around. This is a great way to get your new furry friend accustomed to their new home and family. Make sure when you do this your other pets are out of sight. This helps your new dog get accustomed to his or her new settings without any distractions. Be aware though! Even if your new pup is house-trained, he or she might feel the need to mark his or her territory in a new environment. Give your pup fifteen to twenty minutes a few times a day to explore your home, which is just enough time to get used to surroundings and also to leave their scent around the house.
- Switch your pets. Keep your new dog in his or her crate while you let the other dogs out to play. When your older pups play, they’ll realize that there’s a new smell in around your home and this will give them more time to get used to it. Your old pups might get confused and overwhelmed at first so again, introducing smells is really important. If your pups are scared or anxious, be sure to give them lots of love. Let them snuggle up on your lap or by your side and give them comfort and a good belly rub. They really need good quality time with you and lots of encouragement when they’re adjusting to a new change.
- Finally, bring your new dog and other pets together in one place. After becoming familiar with the others’ scents, both parties will be less surprised when they actually meet. Now when they meet face to face, it’ll be like meeting someone they already know. Make sure toys are out of the way for this one though, as some dogs are possessive over their specific chew toys, and you want to make sure the first meeting goes as smoothly as possible. Let your pups play with each other and get to know each other in this first meeting, and keep an eye on both of them to make sure they all get along.
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