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 Introducing a new dog to a resident dog

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PostSubject: Introducing a new dog to a resident dog    Thu 16 Sep 2010, 12:36 pm

The following should help to assist you in welcoming a new dog into your home. Whilst you may be anxious for everyone to get along and start functioning as a pack, you must remember to take things slowly over the course of at least 3 weeks. Rushing things now, will certainly destroy any chances you have of establishing a good relationship between the dogs.

Remember to take the time to bond with the new dog without the other’s interference. He/she needs to establish a relationship with you too, so they can learn to trust and obey commands.
Normal day to day routines of your resident dog and attention given, should be the kept same to avoid jealousy of the new dog.

You can have years of enjoyment with your resident dog and your new dog, if you don’t rush things and follow the advice given. Remember, you cannot go back if you decide to rush things and put the dogs on guard with each other. By doing it right the first time, you will be rewarded in the years to come.

See details below which should help you to establish yourself as the leader of the pack and hopefully avoid potential fight inducers.

1. Introduce the dogs in a neutral location. If you have more than one resident dog, introduce them one at a time.

2. When the dogs greet and sniff each other, talk to them in a happy, friendly tone of voice and offer each one treats (give the treat to the resident dog first).

3. Introduce the dogs only for brief amounts of time, but do it repeatedly.

4. If one dog acts submissive to the other (rolls over and shows belly) that’s great - reinforce this behaviour (say “good boy/girl” and give treats) even if it is the resident dog.

5. Try to keep the leads loose at all times. A tight lead transmits your anxiety about the situation to the dogs and increases their tension.

6. Watch for any body postures that tell you that the dogs are getting tense (raised hackles, baring teeth, growls, stiff-legged gait, and prolonged stare). If you see these behaviours, interrupt them by calling the dogs away from each other and have them do something else like sit.

7. Watch for dominant body postures (one dog putting his chin or neck on the shoulders of the other dog, or placing a front foot over the others shoulders or back). If the other dog submits to these postures that’s fine, if not, interrupt them by calling them away from each other and having them sit.

8. DO NOT hold one dog while the other is loose.

9. Until the dogs are comfortable with one another, do not let them together in a small space like a car or hallway.

10. Until the dogs are comfortable with each other, do not let them alone unsupervised even if you are only leaving the room for a short period of time.

11. Allow a natural dominance hierarchy to develop. Whenever the dogs approach each other, speak in a happy, encouraging voice. If they are behaving well together, give treats so they associate good things with each other’s presence.

12. GO SLOWLY - if they do not do well at first, separate them except during managed interactions. Make sure all interactions are positive using happy voices and treats.

13. Do not use physical punishment if fighting breaks out. Just say “NO” loudly, then call the dogs back to you and make them sit.

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing a new dog to a resident dog    Thu 24 Mar 2011, 7:49 am

just to add;
the most nautral way for dogs to bond it to walk together. Pack activities cement a pack, (plus it also relaxes them, stimuluates them and importantly, tires them) so plenty of relaxed walks togther is a great way to bond and gain each others trust.
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