Puppy Care: Introducing Puppy to an Older Dog
By Nikola Marshall
Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting experience! The puppy is excited, you are excited, but what about your older dog? You remember, the one who has been an only dog for years. It can be done and fairly effortlessly at that.
Dogs, for all their domesticity, still have a pack mentality. You, of course, are the alpha, or head dog. Your older dog will be the beta, or second in command. When bringing a new dog into the pack, your established dog may feel threatened. Be mindful of this. While you do want your newest addition to feel loved and welcomed, you also want your older dog to know that it is still loved very much and its position in the household is secure. There are a variety of things you may do to make this transition from a one dog to a two dog home go smoothly.
Go slowly! This is a brand new place for your puppy and a new situation for your older dog. Donâ€™t rush them into any kind of relationship. Let the puppy explore. Allow them to get acquainted. I would advise here, to stay in close proximity when the dogs are just getting to know each other. Sometimes fights do break out and you wonâ€™t want either dog injured.
Spend quality time with each dog separately. This allows you to bond with your puppy and also shows your older dog that it is still an important part of your life. A caution here, donâ€™t spend all of your time with them in separate situations. This may breed jealousy and ill will between dogs.
Play is important. Play with your dogs separately and also have playtime together. Make sure they have plenty of toys and chew toys. Once they begin having fun, it wonâ€™t be long until they are playing together and you are the one left out!
Reward good behavior. As mentioned, this is a new situation for both dogs. Reward them with playtime or treats so that they know that they are moving in the right direction.
This all may sound like a lot of work, but it truly isnâ€™t. Once your dogs develop a relationship, your diligence will be awarded with twice the love!
Nikola Marshall lives in Oklahoma with her Boston Terrier and Chihuahua. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, scrapbooking, reading and volunteering. This article has been submitted in affiliation with http://www.PetLovers.Com/ which is a site for Pet Forums.
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