Bringing home a new dog is an exciting, fun-filled time. Dogs, in particular, establish a firm pecking order that assures a conflict-free environment. However, without a proper introduction to your other pets, cooperation is unlikely. Your pets and family can live harmoniously if you take the time to introduce your new dog to the rest of your pets with care. Follow these four steps.
1. Start in a Neutral Location
Dogs are territorial and introducing your new dog to the rest of the pack at home is unwise. Not only will your current dog (or cat) feel anxious or suspicious of the new arrival, but any attempt by the new dog to encroach on a favorite chair or sunny spot won’t be taken lightly.
For the first meeting, choose a neutral and unfamiliar location such as a dog park you don’t normally visit — even choosing a street where you normally walk your older dog can present challenges. Avoid introducing the dogs by yourself. Each dog should have his own handler.
2. Praise Generously and Often
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