(Closed) Introducing our new dog… advice wanted.

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love those pictures!! My advice is to let them get to know each other while you and your SO hold on to the leashes, make sure to use A LOT of positive reinforcement, don’t show one more affection than the other. 

I hope everything goes well!!

Post # 5
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I would just introduce them at a neutral spot (like a local park) and walk them home together.  You’ll have to watch for food agression and boundary agression (guarding you, the food bowl, or her bed) but otherwise they should adjust fine!  Just don’t leave them alone at all for a couple days so you can watch the dynamic and be sure it’s positive.

Post # 7
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would add that, just like a child, Mocha will need extra affection so he doesn’t get jealous.   I would even set aside a bit of time each day that is just for him, without Rosy so he knows that he is still loved and special.

Post # 8
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

Oh I think they should be fine then!  You’re already keeping them separate when you’re not at home and Mocha has already let Rosy in her home so they’ll probably get along great!  Just try to keep their time structured so Rosy always knows what to expect, i.e. feed them at the same time every day, walk them at the same time, kennel her the same way at the same time every day.  Dogs thrive on structure, it helps them feel secure when they’re in a new environment!

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