You already have a dog who you adore, and now you want to add to your pooch gang! A puppy is an exciting addition to the home and will, in time, provide great companionship for your current dog. But like many others, you may worry about how your dog will initially cope with a new puppy in the home. Common worries are how a dog will behave when it comes to sharing his/her space, food, and attention. We’ll give you some of our best tips on how to ease the transition for everyone.
The Right Puppy
It’s essential you select the right puppy for your family. If you have a very old dog and you bring in an energetic new puppy, this could be irritating for your current dog. If this is the case, select a puppy with a calmer personality.
Opposites attract. If you currently have a dominant, boisterous dog, then a slightly quieter and more submissive dog may work well. On the other hand, if you have a shy dog with low confidence, then an outgoing new pup may help your current dog become more confident.
Before the introduction
You should ensure your home is ready for the big day before it arrives. Creating a neutral area for both dogs to have their own space is important and will make the older dog feel less threatened. Separate food bowls and toys will also help with the territorial issues your older dog may experience. Ensuring that everything he/she had is still his, and that the puppy has its own possessions too will help ease any possible conflict.
The big day
You’re finally bringing home your new puppy! This is an exciting day and it’s important that you stay calm, as your dogs can pick up on any tension you feel. Introduce your dogs in a neutral space and allow them to sniff and meet each other. Don’t hold your puppy in your arms when they meet and keep them both on leads at first. Keep an eye on both of your dogs’ behaviour for the first few weeks, and ensure your older dog gets just as many cuddles as the new one.
It’s done! Let them get to know each other in their own time, don’t force it and let their relationship develop naturally. It’s going to be fun!