Introducing a new dog to your current dog and home…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Jilliebean1:  You’ve already got the most important part down – neutral territory.  We just brought a new foster dog into our home a few weeks ago and we already have 2 dogs of our own.  Because the foster dog is 8 and 100 pounds, we felt more comfortable having him on a leash in the event we needed to pull him away from a situation…I’ve read that some dogs feel more fearful when on a leash, but if something happened, it would have been difficult to move this 100 pounder! We introduced them one at a time.  They sniffed for a bit and he did growl at one of my dogs, but dogs are extremely aware of others dogs social cues, so my dog just walked away.  With her being a puppy, I don’t think there will be too much of an issue. Just remain close enough to them in the unlikely event you need to pull them apart.  Dogs are very adaptable and learn to figure out their pack quickly…so as long as you lay down the rules and they know you are the pack leader, then they usually work themselves out pretty easily.  Good luck!

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