Introducing a new dog into your home is always a bit of a challenge, but it can be especially difficult if you already have one. If you want to save yourself some trouble and heartache, try following these tips for introducing them properly.
- Choose a neutral place. When introducing dogs, don’t leave them alone together until they’ve met—and make sure that meeting is supervised by an adult (you). Once they’re introduced to each other in person (not on video), keep them separated while they get used to each other’s presence. Then let them sniff around at their own pace and explore the same space together so they become familiar with each other’s scents before letting them interact face-to-face or play together.*
- Don’t force interaction if the dogs aren’t interested in interacting yet: It can cause anxiety between both parties if one of them clearly doesn’t want anything to do with another dog right now! Just let things go at their own pace; there’ll be plenty of time for play later.*
- Stay calm: Remember that as humans we tend to be more emotional than our canine companions; try not overreact when things get rough between two dogs who just met one another!
Give Them Some Space
One of the most important things that you can do to help your dogs get along is to give them their own space. In order to do this, they need their own toys, food and sleeping area. They also need an area where they can go to potty by themselves. Dogs are pack animals; so it’s natural for them to want their own territory or “territories” within your home. The more space you provide for each dog will increase the likelihood of them getting along with each other in your home
Look for Signs of Aggression
- Look for signs of aggression. Aggression can come in many forms, but your dog may show aggression as a result of stress or jealousy when he sees another dog. If you see your dog try to attack or bite another dog, this is a sign that your training needs work.
- Look for fear and anxiety. Dogs who are afraid of other dogs may scurry away from them or hide under furniture or behind their owners when other dogs approach them; they might also whine and bark at the sight of another animal coming near their home territory—or even growl or bark aggressively if cornered by a large group (such as children) who are unfamiliar to him/her, since being outnumbered increases his/her fear level dramatically!
One of the best ways to get your dogs used to each other is by introducing toys. The key here is to make sure that all the toys are safe for all concerned, including yourself and the other dog. To do this, start by having both dogs on leashes, so that they can’t get into a fight if one gets too excited about something like a squeaky toy or stuffed animal. Then have them sniff each other’s toys—but don’t let them play with them yet! Next, take away one of their favorite chew/play items and give it to the other dog for a bit. This helps show your own pet that there’s nothing wrong with sharing someone else’s stuff (because obviously there isn’t) while giving him time alone with his own toy. After he has had some time alone with his own item again, put it away somewhere safe until later in training when both dogs will have learned how to behave around each other during playtime!
Maintain the Routine
Set up a routine. It’s important to maintain your dog’s regular schedule of feeding, walking, playing and cleaning up after her. Dogs thrive on consistency, so it’s best to keep things consistent as much as possible when you have two dogs in the house. Maintaining this consistency will help both dogs feel safe and secure. It also allows them time to bond with each other more effectively because they don’t feel like their routines are being interrupted all the time. When you take your second dog home from the shelter or rescue center, start implementing these routines immediately so that she can adjust to her new life at home with ease!
If your dog’s snarls or snaps at its companion, interrupt it with a loud noise or command.
- If your dog’s snarls or snaps at its companion, interrupt it with a loud noise or command. The goal is to stop the behavior before it escalates into something more serious. A sharp “No!” from you can do the trick—just be sure not to shout it in a way that your dog thinks he could be hurt by the other dog.
- If you need to move the two dogs apart for any reason, use a leash or harnesses if they come equipped with them so that both animals are controlled while being separated (and don’t forget what we said about grabbing collars!)
Training a dog to live with another dog requires patience and understanding.
- Training a dog to live with another dog requires patience and understanding. Dogs are not humans, and they don’t think like us. Every dog has their own personality, and different dogs need different things in order to be happy and healthy. It’s important that you understand your dog before attempting to train them on anything new.
- Dogs need basic obedience training in order to learn how to behave around other people or animals. This isn’t just for making sure that they don’t hurt anyone—it’s also about helping them feel comfortable around others so that they can interact with them without causing trouble or stress for themselves or other people/dogs nearby!