If you love dogs, you may be thinking about adding a new puppy to your family. A new puppy can infuse life into your household and provide your old dog with hours of fun and entertainment. It's important to introduce a puppy to a resident dog properly to avoid problems with jealousy and resentment. The following tips can help you introduce a new puppy into your household without offending or hurting your older canine companion.
Make First Introductions on Neutral Ground
Make your initial introductions on neutral ground as opposed to your home. If your dog considers home his “personal territory,” he could feel threatened by having a new puppy show up in his home without warning. A local park, parking lot, training center or empty field would qualify as neutral ground where your older dog and new puppy can get together.
Give your pets room to circle, sniff and become acquainted with each other during their first "official" meeting. Sniffing one another is normal canine etiquette when meeting for the first time. Watch for signs of how your pets are getting along. Some dogs “click” right away and start to play. Limit first greetings to ten minutes or less, to avoid playtime erupting into aggressive behavior.
Repeat Introductions at Home
After your pets have had a chance to meet on neutral ground, have them meet again in your front or backyard. Give them time to become re-acquainted and play. If they become overly excited, separate them for a few minutes so they can settle down.
The next step is bringing the puppy into your house. Give your older dog a treat or toy to keep him busy while you bring the puppy in your home. Wait a little while before bringing your resident dog inside. You’re likely to have less “territorial” problems if your older dog finds the new puppy already in the house by the time he comes inside.
Give Your Older Pet the Attention He Needs
It’s only natural for puppies to demand (and receive) a lot of attention. If you want to keep the peace, however, don’t neglect to give your old dog the attention he deserves. Your older dog is probably used to having one-on-one time for cuddling, playing and going on walks. It’s important you continue to cater to your older dog’s needs and not let “Jr.” hog all the limelight.
Each pet should also have their own water and food bowls, toys, bed and treats to avoid jealousy battles. When training your puppy, put your old dog in his crate with a favorite toy or treat so you can give puppy your undivided attention without worrying about your older dog’s feelings.
By following these tips for introducing a new puppy into your household, you’ll have fewer problems with your resident dog accepting him into the family. If you need help boarding or training your dogs, call us at 830-981-2273. At Wagmore Pet Resort, we're happy to help with all your pet care needs.