(Closed) Adjusting to a 2nd dog?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just make sure you give your puppy now lots of attention and do lots of things they can do together to get used to one other.  The best thing to start might be going on a walk where they are both on leashes but seperated.  From there work on letting them play etc. 

Post # 4
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

When you bring the new dog in, let the dogs meet on “neutral” territory.  As in, don’t just bring the dog in and let her go.  Take them outside across the street and let them meet, then bring them inside. 

Yes, do have two food bowls and watch carefully at first during meal times to make sure there is no food agression.  Even the best dogs can get competitive when food is around.

They should be fine, but just keep an eye on them as they play and such!

Good luck!

Post # 5
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My family always had multiple dogs growing up and we never had any problem with older dogs adjusting to new dogs (this situation occured 4 or 5 times).  They also always met inside our house and it wasn’t a problem so I wouldn’t worry about that too much either.

Definitely give them separate food bowls and make sure each dog is only eating THEIR food.  Some dogs will try to steal both bowls so you have to watch them.

They may take a week or two to fully warm up to each other and want to really play together so just make sure you give both dogs plenty of attension!

Post # 6
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have a puggle who is 1.5 and she met her brother for the first time a few weeks ago. They met outside in the front yard and for the whole weekend all they wanted to do was play with each other! So we have decided after we get back from the bahamas we are getting another dog!

I think I would do seperate food bowls etc.

Post # 8
1221 posts
Bumble bee

like people said in previous messages, introduce them somewhere other then your house. and yes do two seperate food bowls.

and give your dog you have now extra love! it took my doggies about 2 weeks to fully adjust to eachother and now we cant seperate them… even when they play fight.

Post # 9
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve had two dogs for awhile, but we moved and brought one, a border collie, with us (because he could come in the house, the other, a dalmation/cocker spaniel mix, is a known cat killer) and left the other at the old house. We, finally, were able to rent the old house out and I moved him over here on Monday.

First, let me say I love him, the dalmation, more than the one we brought over first and he has had a hard life and is better behaved. The first night was ok and they were very happy to see each other. The next day I had to break up a food fight by dumping a bowl of water on them. They have separate food bowls, but the collie was stealing food. Then the next morning there was another fight. They are fine out in the yard all day, but they can’t get in a close quarters or the collie will pick a fight.

So I guess what I’m saying is make sure they have plenty of space, give both extra love, and feed separately at first (even with separate food bowls they still have an issue).

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