Introducing your new puppy to another dog in the family also requires a gentle introduction. The resident dog may not be accustomed to another dog in the home and may feel threatened, jealous, or protective and territorial of his environment. It is best to have two people involved in the introduction.
Allow them to sniff each other
With each dog on a leash, allow them to sniff each other. Once you see they are interested in each other, you can unleash them and allow them to explore each other further. It is likely the puppy will take the submissive approach and lie down to allow the resident dog to sniff and investigate.
The resident dog may posture over the puppy to establish who the boss is. If you find aggression between the puppy and the resident dog, separate them until they calm down and then begin a reintroduction.
It may take a few days for them to become friends, or they might become friends instantly. During this time of getting to know each other, it is best not to leave the two of them alone. Supervision at all times is the best course of action.
Establish a daily routine
A daily routine should be established where the puppy and the resident dog have one-on-one time with you, and also time together with you. You want to develop trust and boundaries between the puppy, the resident dog, and the family.
Feed them separately
When it is feeding time, you need to have separate feeding stations for the puppy and the resident dog. They need their own water and food bowls. The feeding stations should not be placed side by side; leave at least 5’ of space between each feeding station so you do not find yourself in a fighting situation over food.
Do not allow the puppy to go to the resident dog’s food bowl while the resident dog is eating and, conversely, do not let the resident dog try to eat out of the puppy’s dish while the puppy is eating.
In the beginning, during feeding time, you should supervise the feeding and correct any wrong behaviors on the spot. Eventually, you will not need to monitor feeding times because the puppy and the resident dog will understand their boundaries. You might see them switching bowls during feeding time as the puppy and resident dog grow older, and as long as this is a cordial switching of bowls, then you can allow this to happen. This is an indication that they are comfortable with each other.
Let them sleep separately
Until the time comes where the puppy and the resident dog are comfortable with each other, you need to provide separate sleeping arrangements. The puppy and the resident dog should have their own bed or blanket at bedtime. There will be a time where they may end up sleeping together, and that is fine because this happens on their terms while they adjust to each other.
Be prepared for agressive behavior
If you find you are in a situation where aggression and the urge to fight does arise, separate the dogs immediately. Do not allow them to fight it out. You need to nip aggressive behavior quickly.
It is likely that aggressive behavior will happen while the dogs are off the leash, and you need to be careful to separate them so you do not inadvertently get bitten. Grab the smaller dog from behind. Lift the back legs off the ground and pull away from the other dog. Swift and prompt reaction time are essential to avoid harm to either dog. It is a good idea to have pepper spray on hand to curtail this behavior.
Aggressiveness is not always present, and many breeds to not behave aggressively with each other once they are familiar with each other. Still, it is best to be prepared for this circumstance should the occasion arise where aggressive behavior is present.
Let them know each other
Quite often, the puppy will learn from the resident dog as the resident dog shows the puppy the ropes, so to speak. Once the puppy and resident dog are familiar with each other, you should expect to find them living in complete harmony with each other. They will become fast friends and their bond with each other will create a long and healthy relationship.
Introducing Your Puppy to Your Senior Dog
Make sure your senior dog is given time separate from the new puppy and vice versa. Constant contact can be a recipe for conflict.
How to Train an Older Dog to Accept a New Puppy
Prepare your house prior to the puppy’s arrival. Swap scents. Introduce them away from home base. Make introductions slowly. Walk the dogs together to get acquainted. Slowly integrate them together in your house. Feed them separately. Manage all interactions.
How to Introduce a New Puppy to Your Older Dog
In order to prevent territorial aggression, find a neutral area to introduce the older dog to the new puppy. Put your older dog on a leash.
Introducing a Puppy to Older Resident Dog
- Prepare your home (and your dogs).
- Meet on neutral territory for a brief period.
- Take the dogs on a walk together.
- Bring them together on home territory.
Steps on How to Introduce a Puppy to an Older Dog
- Swap scents.
- Use a Howdy crate.
- Meet in a neutral area.
- Take parallel walks.
- Play training games.
How to introduce puppies to older dogs
Take the puppy and older dog for a walk with a family member or friend. It’s a great way to allow a meeting in a natural canine social environment.
Introducing a Puppy to Older Dogs
Start walking and training the puppy as soon as possible. Make sure your puppy and senior dogs get along by matching the puppy with the one pack member.
What to Expect: Introducing a Puppy to Your Adult Dogs Supervise!
Supervision is essential. Crates, gates, and pens. I like to put either the adult dogs or the puppy in the crate, behind a gate.
How To Introduce Your Puppy To Your Older Dog
- Let your dog smell the puppy.
- Find a neutral area.
- Parallel walk.
- Let your puppy in the house first.
- Maintain your dog’s schedule.
My Older Dog’s Aggressive to My Puppy! What Should I Do?
If the puppy can walk on a leash, you can walk him parallel to the older dog, with separate handlers walking each canine.
Tips for Introducing a New Puppy to your Dog
Manage the environment so that puppy contact is always optional. An older dog should never be forced to hang out with a puppy. Use gates. Take steps to help older dog adjust when you add new dog. A terrific way to help your puppy bond with his older companion is to walk them together. Wondering how to get my older dog to accept the new…