(Closed) Tips on introducing pets to eachother

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

Wow, that might be a tough one.  

I think you are doing the right thing and thinking about it now because there is training you can start now to help make the move easier.  

Post # 4
2867 posts
Sugar bee

My suggestion is to limit each to their own area and let them sniff each other.  Then do massive supervision b/c they are obviously different sizes.  Eventually they’ll acclimate, takes some time and patience.

EDIT: I’m not a personal fan of masking dogs, but maybe that’ll decrease the barking?

Post # 5
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Do you get the show “Its me or the dog”?  She does really well with things like barking at dogs while walking and things like that.  

Post # 6
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I heard that introducing pets somewhere other than “their territory” can help.  I would also be sure to monitor them and stamp out any aggression right away if that is an issue (but that’s just me).

Post # 7
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We recently introduced our dog to a new dog (not our pet- SILs dog) who has never been around dogs before. This is what we did.

First we put our dog in his crate and let SILs dog walk around the crate and they sniffed each other through the crate. Our dog was reacting appropriately so we felt comfortable. Then we took them on a walk together – we walked one in front of the other but if you have a wide enough sidewalk or are safe in the road then walk them side by side. Then the next time we got together we took them on another (very) long walk. Then we had our dog on a leash out in the backyard while SILs dog was running around and they could sniff each other but not have freedom to play with each other. They were acting appropriately so we brought them into a small room and closed the door (so they couldnt run around too much) and they were just sniffing each other and playing together. We were watching them the whole time and everything was fine. Then once they seemed really tired we let them out into the main part of the house and they were just hanging out together. Now I feel fine with the two of them as long as they are supervised!

Post # 8
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My Fiance and I would take our dogs to a neutral place and take them for walks together. After we did that a few times we brought them both in the house together (after a long walk) and kept them on leash. It took a while before we trusted them to be off leash but now they are best friends. Good Luck! If you have problems you can usually contact a dog trainer that will help you intoduce them.

Post # 10
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We did the introduction in a park. I think it was a great idea. Then we just ‘supervised’ their interactions for a few days. Now they are best friends and totally in love! GL!

Post # 11
3638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Introduce them first through a screen door, somewhere that they can see each other and smell, but not get to each other. And slowly introduce them based on their reaction. Also, perhaps give each a part of the house for themselves until they are fully ready to be introduced. 

Post # 12
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

In addition to introducing them in a neutral location, and neutering BOTH pets, I would advise Obedience Training for BOTH of them as well, preferably starting as soon as possible.  It is not a good sign that both of your dogs have jealousy issues.  And your little girl especially is at risk to get hurt if she doesn’t learn to play nice with dogs bigger than her.  If she is being annoying and a larger dog bites her, a LOT of damage could be done without the other dog even meaning to hurt her.  Being aggressive towards other dogs is not cute or funny, and it doesn’t mean your dog is brave or full of herself.  She is probably uncomfortable or even frightened of larger dogs, and acts that way to protect herself.  As Victoria Stillwell says, confident dogs do not aggress.  They know there is nothing to fear, so they have no need to protect.

Also, does the ridgeback do well with small dogs normally?  Some larger dogs do not see smaller dogs as dogs, but as prey, so this is something to be wary of as well.

Obedience training and socialization are best done at a young age, (like human children, puppies are like sponges), but it is NEVER to late to start.  These dogs sound like they need heavy doses of both.

Lastly, I would discuss what will happen if your dogs do not get along.  Hopefully everything will work out, but if it doesn’t, are you willing to work with a professional trainer and/or behaviorist to try to make things work?  Are you prepared to keep them separated at all times if need be, possibly for the rest of their life?  If it comes to it, which dog will be rehomed?    If the worst happens and there is a dog fight in which one of the dogs is hurt or killed, are you going to be able to live with the other dog?  I knew a woman whose dog killed her cat, and she had to rehome the dog because she couldn’t stand to live with her any more after the unfortunate incident.

I really feel like I’m being Debbie Downer here, (I’m not trying to be, I swear!  LOL!), but I AM trying to make sure you have at least discussed the Worst Case Scenarios.  And again, I cannot stress training and socialization enough!  Good luck, and please keep us posted!

Post # 13
365 posts
Helper bee

Good advice above. Go to a neutral location. Even the front yard works if your dog is usually only in the backyard.

Be aware that some dogs are leash-aggressive and may do better meeting another dog off leash.  The restraint can make them feel threatened because they can’t get away. If you think your dog is, then maybe take them on a walk at a comfortable distance from each other until they settle down and then try them in the backyard off leash.  Lots of treats/toys and praise!

Definitely seperate them when you are not at home, until you trust them together.  And supervise them when they are together.  It may take a few weeks, but I am sure they will come around.

Neutering and obedience classes do wonders!

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