By Ken Shorey
Buying a new puppy is an important decision, especially if you
already own a dog. It may be a good idea to ask the previous
owners or the pet store where you make your purchase how your
puppy interacted with other dogs around him. If he didn't get
along or if your other dog has acted aggressively to other
dogs, you might have to spend a lot of time with them until
they get accustomed to each other.
When the day arrives to introduce your new puppy to your
existing dog, you can give both dogs a head start and make
feel more comfortable by making introductions in an unfamiliar
Start by introducing your new puppy to your dog in a place
other than your home, such as a friend's house or a park that
you have never taken your dog to. This will help keep
territorial issues out of the way and to keep your dog from
feeling threatened. Dogs are territorial and feel that their
home is their territory. When another animal crosses their
territor, they may feel threatened or become aggressive. To
keep this from happening, let your dog meet his new companion
at least twice before bringing him into the home.
Never expect dogs to hit it off right away when introducing
your new pup to your dog. Just like people, it may take a
little while for your dog to become friendly and trusting of
the new puppy. On the other hand, if you have a well-natured
dog, you may find him treating the new puppy like it was his
Always pay close attention when first introducing your new
puppy to your dog. If it seems as though the two are not
getting along, or there is growling back and forth, step in
middle and give out treats. Spend extra time with the older
to show it that the puppy isn't stealing your attention. You
don't need jealousy adding to the tension. Continue to
intercept between the two until they begin to get along. This
won’t take long, as between the two they will decide who's the
leader and soon will become friends.
Dogs, just like children need a lot of tender, loving care.
When introducing your new puppy to your dog, remember that you
are lucky to have both of these additions to your family.
them with love and you'll get much more in return.
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