So, you’ve got a new dog? The problem is you don’t know how they’re going to react with the other resident of the house. Here are some helpful top tips to help you get through this ‘meeting’!
If you have another dog this might be the best place to start. If both dogs are very social then there shouldn’t be any worries. However, some dogs find meeting other dogs hard, and they might require more care and effort into the ‘event’.
You should also consider whether they have been spayed/neutered as this may make the situation even more difficult. First is the meeting place. Meet somewhere ‘neutral’ where neither of the dogs can feel territorial, though if you pick your new pooch up from a shelter the staff are sure to help out!
When they meet for the first time keep them on the lead for caution, and a relaxed, calm adult should handle them. You should keep leads loose to release tension as you don’t want them to feel anxious.
Get a friend, family member or someone who knows the other dog well to walk on the other said so the dogs can meet if by accident, maintain distance and allow them to react how they normally would around other dogs. This will include sniffing etc. If for some
If for some unfortunate reason one of the dogs barks in anger and lunges forward you should probably look for a dog trainer or behaviourist to help you in the situation. Bu if they stay calm then you’re ready for the next step.
Let them meet while watching their body language for any alarming messages. If both dogs show no hostility towards each other take them to a closed area, take them off the leads and let them get to know each other, if you use any phrases such as ‘It’s OK’ or ‘Go on’ make sure you use a calm and relaxed voice so your dogs know it’s not a negative situation.
If then the dogs seem fine with each other make sure to take them home separately if possible so you don’t bring up any tension between them. When you get home, make sure to let them settle in, especially if you’re bringing a new dog into your home for the first time.
When you first feed the dogs together, start by doing this procedure separately and by the time they’re best of friends they’ll be happy to chomp away next to each other.
One thing to make sure of is, if you’re bringing a puppy home under 6 months, use the same procedure as above but be sure to leave frequent breaks between the two, especially if your current pooch is an adult dog, you don’t want them to set off at the wrong paw!
If unfortunately, your dogs don’t get along it’s best to check with a local professional behaviourist or trainer as they physically can help with all your needs.
- Don’t rush things, all things take good time
- If they don’t get along, it’s not the end of the world, there’s plenty of help out there, just keep trying
- Remember that different breeds of dogs will get along better, depending on size, breed and personality
- If your dog has come from a shelter they may be very nervous, so having another dog in the house might not be the perfect situation for you.
- If you have more than one dog, have different meeting occasions
We recommend the Gencon. The Gencon gives your perfect control of your pooch and helps regarding pulling. This would be perfect for your two dogs to meet!
Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking.
The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.
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The Gencon dog head collar is recommended by The Guild of Dog Trainers
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