Introducing Your Dog to a New Puppy
Having another puppy can be both an exciting and unsettling time for the whole family including your Dog. There are some things you can do to prepare your pet for the impending change.
It is normal for one to be worried about your dog’s reaction and how he will adapt to the changes. Remembering he was used to all the attention now the environment will change with a puppy around.
It may seem obvious, but one of the easiest places to start preparing for how your family will change is to simply introduce your dog to other neighbourhoods pets or at the park.
It’s not unusual for the dog to become jealous of a new puppy and they may even revert to bad behavior as a way to get attention.
Is It Easy for your Dog when New Puppy Arrives?
It can be a challenge for your dog to adjust to their new role, where they feel like second citizens now. Although, they have to share their environment, toys, pool, space and you.
It’s likely that your dog is curious about what’s happening hence use this opportunity to teach them what to expect so they understand the new changes.
Don’t let your dog feel neglected because of the puppy. Not only do you have “me” time with your dog but also include him in games together with the puppy if compatible.
This reassures him that you love him just as much and that you value the time you spend together.
Make the transition easy by not forcing your dog to accept the puppy. Despite all the changes be lenient as he is used to being the center of attention.
Don’t have high expectations your dog can accept or reject the puppy but with time he will get used if you involve him in your puppy time.
Tips for Easy Introduction of your Dog to a New Puppy
Have “me dog ” time
Keep your dog activities and routines as when you were just you and the dog without the puppy.
Sticking to your established routine with the dog will help reassure him. Going to the park together, feeding him, grooming him, training him as the owner try to stick to the schedule as much as possible.
But this is hard to do in the first few weeks when you’re still figuring out life with a new puppy.
The “me” time with your dog helps mostly to ensure a smooth transition by spending as much alone time with your dog when possible. Sometimes you might need to delegate but do not make it daily.
Like anything else in life, there are bound to be ups and downs, as well as doubts and misgivings. The foundation you set with your dog will establish if the relationship with the new puppy will be good or bad. Good preparations will make the meeting a success.
Don’t have High Expectation
Your dog may not accept the puppy immediately. A lot of patience is required and training. Learn to reassure your dog by keeping schedules and your routine activities together. With time your dog will learn to accept the new puppy.
Your dog might not feel the way you feel but disappointment as he has to share attention. Despite it might be good if they accept it.
To make the home comfortable for your dog as well as your puppy have separate spaces for relaxation and play. Go with your puppy pace when introducing him to new people, dogs, and places.
Your old dog can have territory that considers his hence to avoid rivalry create a new place for your puppy.
Prepare for more Work
Your dog is used to you as their caregiver and the presence of a new puppy will not change this fact. Although, you can delegate your puppy may need more attention and one on one with you. Family members can help but once in a while, your dog needs your time so as not to feel forgotten.
Keep your new puppy safe by ensuring their vaccination is up to date. To avoid the common canine diseases vaccination is required in your puppy life.
You want a healthy puppy as they grow to a young dog by ensuring they feed well, and have received all their vaccination shots.
Be Patient when Dog wants Attention
The dog can start bad behavior to attract your attention when he feels neglected. Do not try to punish him as this is normal, try training.
In addition, as much as he wants your attention, do not involve him in your puppy time and games.
Dogs are very territorial especially with their toys, beds and anything they associate with. Keep these things away for some time to avoid aggressive behaviours towards the new puppy.
Keep your dogs’ routines and try to establish structures for the new puppy also in relation to feeding, grooming, playtime, etc.
Encourage your dog to get close to the puppy under supervision. Furthermore, this supervision will tell you more about their interaction and how they react to each other.
You want them to build a positive relationship hence step in when you see your dog fight or bully the puppy. Correct the behavior before it becomes a habit.
Expect Resentment and Jealousy
Demands of both pets increase daily and they crave for your time and commitment as their caregiver. Your dog might be hit hard when he sees your attention is dwindling especially during your routine activities and reject the new puppy.
Your dog is used to getting your undivided attention during each of these activities. Once the new puppy comes, however, that attention is split between your dog and the new puppy. For instance during feeding, games times.
You can ask your family members or friends to help out so that you can have time alone with the dog and the new puppy. This will ease the burden of the demands and you will be able to balance between them.
Use a Neutral Meeting Place
The dog is family and sees the house as his house. He has made the house his territory. I would recommend you introduce them in a neutral place on a leash. Have someone hold the puppy on a leash as you hold the dog on a leash.
Your dog if calm allow him to sniff and meet the puppy for a few minutes under supervision. Use the verbal command of sit or stay if the dog becomes aggressive.
The dog can read your emotions hence restrict yourself from feeling fear or excitement for this to work.
If the meeting in a neutral place is successful you can arrange for another meeting at home.
If the transition is done well it will be a success, ensure the meeting place is neutral and allow them to get comfortable with each other at their own pace for a great relationship. Anything forced will not work and might hurt the relationship.
The process of introduction can sometimes be hectic and when everything fails seek the assistance of a board-certified veterinary behaviorist.
Lastly, give both dog and puppy equal care and attention as the puppy can be the aggressor also creating a negative relationship.