Introducing Your New Puppy to Your Dog

By Valdette Muller| September 1, 2018 | Blog

The joys of picking out a new puppy is so exciting!

From the options of which breed to choose from – keeping in mind which one will suit your family is always a good idea.

However, if you have other pets, you also have to consider them as well.

For instance, your other dog will be totally unaware of your plans and quite happy with the way things are.

Now you’ll be introducing them to an energised puppy, and all that will go through their mind will be “Oh no…!” “This is not what I had in mind!”.

Before thinking about getting a new puppy make sure your resident dog is friendly or capable of dealing with any new pets before bringing a new puppy into your home.

It really helps if your resident dog is well socialized and has had a good past experience with other pets.

Introducing your puppy to your dog/s

The most important thing to do is to stay calm no matter what and give your residential dog the royal treatment, extra love and affection they might need.

At first your pup will not notice it, since most of its attention will be on the other dog/s.

Here are some additional tips to help you introduce your pup to your residential dog:

  • When organising the introduction, try and do it when your dog is calm and in a neutral area (such as outside or at a park) as your residential dog/s will not be happy to share their space just yet.
  • Bring out your residential dog on a leash or leash free if you do not have an aggressive dog.
  • Give your residential dog treats and give them all of your attention, while you introduce them to the new puppy. This will create a positive association towards the new puppy.
  • As always, stay calm at all times, your dog will sense your tension and temperament, which can set them off as well.
  • As your residential dog starts to interact with your pup they will start to put your puppy in their place. If there are any altercations, always take your residential dog’s side.

Some additional advice on how to ease the tension between your residential dog and it’s new energized sibling:

  • During meal times, it is important to feed your older dog/s first before your puppy. This will teach your puppy respect and they will learn to wait their turn.
  • If you feed your puppy three times a day, divide your older dog’s food into three as well, so that they don’t feel left out.
  • Always greet, play with and treat your residential dog first before your puppy.
  • When you or anyone else is giving the puppy affection and your older dog approaches you, turn away from the puppy and address them as well.
  • Do not allow your puppy to push your older dog away so it can get attention first.
  • Once the residential pet settles in with the new puppy, make sure you give equal attention to all your pets.
  • Try not to allow your puppy to take any of your older dog’s favorite toys or blanket. Let your older dog ease into sharing.




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