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Michael asks…

How to introduce my dog to our puppy?

We are away on holiday and are bringing a pup home. The puppy is tiny (600g) and our dog is a good size golden retriever. We left our dog for 10 days with a house sitter while on holiday, so he’ll probably be so happy to see us and I don’t want a pup to make him upset. We used to have another younger dog in the house and our dog was fine welcoming him, but he let him take over the ‘leader’ kind of role. We re homed that dog due to personal issues, but our dog has just gotten his confidence back and I don’t want him to let that go with the puppy.
Harry, our dog, is the nicest dog you’ll meet and is fine with my sisters dogs coming into our yard and our friends.
Should we let them meet at the park or at our house?
Also, Harry is an outside dog, but we will let the pup sleep in our room. Will Harry feel left out? Or how could we do things differently?
I love both dogs very much and want to make it as easy as possible for them both.

New Niche Finder answers:

Introducing a New Puppy or Dog to the Resident Dog

Dogs are social animals and most enjoy the company of other dogs. However, it can be tricky to introduce a new puppy or dog into the family. The resident dog may not be accustomed to having other dogs in his home or he may not appreciate having to share your attention. First impressions are important, so you’ll need to do what you can to maximize the chances of success.

If your dog has a history of fighting with other dogs, please consult with a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Veterinary Behaviorist, or Certified Professional Dog Trainer before introducing the new dog.

Before you bring the new puppy or dog home, remove anything your resident dog might guard, such as food bowls, bones, chew toys, toys, and beds. Even if your dog has never exhibited possessive tendencies before, it is best to exercise caution. If your home is cluttered, clean it up. Congested areas are more likely to trigger aggression because the dogs may feel forced upon each other.

The Initial Meeting: Before You Bring the New Dog Home
Enlist the help of a family member or friend, so there is a person to attend to each dog during this initial meeting. Make your way, separately, to a neutral area, such as a park. An open area in the park is perfect because there are plenty of interesting sights and sounds to distract the dogs and they can move away from each other if they choose. It is best not to introduce the dogs in your house or yard because the resident dog may become territorial.

Bring the dogs together and allow them to greet each other. Do your best to keep slack in the leashes (or let the leashes drop) so the dogs won’t feel like they are being held back. Allow them to sniff. A puppy will typically adopt a submissive position, such as lying down or even rolling over to be investigated by the adult dog. A well-socialized adult dog will likely check out the puppy and then either play with him or ignore him. When two adult dogs meet, they often stand tall and “posture” to each other. They may sniff each other, circle each other, urinate, play, or just decide to ignore each other. Don’t panic if they push each other a bit, growl, or even try standing up on each other’s shoulders. Allow them to do what they do to establish a relationship, with as little intervention from you as possible.

If the dogs try to fight, however, you will need to intervene. If you see signs of serious tension, such as raised hackles, growling, showing teeth, prolonged stares, or snapping, call the dogs away before things escalate. Try not to pull them away by the leash, as the tension on the leash might trigger an attack. If the dogs won’t come away on their own, wave a treat in front of each dog’s nose and then lure them to turn away from each other.

Keep the interactions brief at first. After the dogs greet, go for a walk together. If you have multiple dogs, introduce each dog to the newcomer separately before bringing everyone together as a group.

Bringing the New Dog Home
Walk home from the park with the dogs together and just walk into your home as though nothing has changed. If you have a yard, go there first and let the dogs off leash to hang out while you supervise. When the dogs are ready, bring them into the house. If they got along well at the park and in the yard, let the resident dog off the leash first. Permit the new puppy or dog to explore the room or house on the leash. If the resident dog acts in a friendly manner, let the new pet off the leash.

Always supervise interactions between the dogs until they have been friendly with each other for one to two weeks. They should not be alone together before them. Keep your mealtime, bedtime, walk and play routines the same as before the new dog arrived, so things don’t seem too different for the resident dog.

For the first few weeks, keep an eye on the dogs in situations that might trigger aggression, such as when you come home, when guests come over, going out to the yard, coming in from the yard, preparing to go for a walk, mealtime (theirs and yours), and playtime.

It is very important that you spend time with each dog alone so that the resident dog continues to receive one-on-one attention and the new dog develops a bond with you. If you only hang out with the dogs together, they will become attached primarily to each other, rather than to you. The new dog needs to bond with you.

What not to do:
– Do not hold the puppy in your arms for the adult dog to greet. This may cause the puppy to feel trapped and threatened. Instead, stand with your feet slightly apart so the puppy can take refuge between your feet if he feels overwhelmed. Do not permit the older dog to trample, bowl over, or otherwise intimidate the puppy.
– Do not put the dogs in small spaces together, such as a car, crate or small room, before they are completely comfortable with each other.

Robert asks…

Add to aggression in multiple dog household?

I neglected to metion that I am the alpha in the house and these fights do not break when I am at home it happens when my elderly mother or my husband are the only ones home. These dogs are not kenneled they roam the house w/ a dog door for outside access. I do like the answer about seperating the injured instead of the aggressor. I will try that. Thank you all for your help! I am always open to more suggestions.

New Niche Finder answers:

We have several dogs in our home anfd 99% of the time they get along great. There has been an occasional spat but no serious injuries have ever occurred. I know if one dog ever seriously hurt another, that dog would have to go. I love all my dogs very much, but will not allow one to do serious injury to another one.

Mandy asks…

Poll: What do you think of making a sequal to Hotel For Dogs?

It’s called “Nursing Home For Dogs” staring old decrepit dogs with the personalities of The Golden Girls and Grumpy Old Men. Would you take your kids to it? There will be dog nudity and dog sexual content. Parental guidance is strongly advised.

New Niche Finder answers:

I only see movies with Steve Guttenberg in it

Helen asks…

When will my dog go into labor?

Ever since I got home, my dog has been having contractions, I am assuming she is in labor. Her water broke, and she is starting to get comfy. Her eyes are dilated.I read somewhere that when a dog‘s eyes are dilated that they are going into labor, and are going to have their puppies. Is this true? Also I got home around 3:30. It is now 9:52. Please help!
My dog is a Chihuahua.

New Niche Finder answers:

It can take time depending on the breed and size of Mom and Dad! If the mother is smaller than the father I would call the vet she may need help with having these pups. I hope she is in a quite place you have to give her space if your tense she will be and that will slow down her labor. Signs would be her laying down for 15 minutes or so and getting back up, then heavy breathing, pushing,and walking in a circle.

George asks…

Should I find a new home for my dog or my daughter?

My dog is 2 years old and my daughter is 1 month old. I don’t think my dog likes my daughter so I was thinking about either finding a new home for my dog on craigslist or putting my daughter up for adoption. What would you do in this situation?? I don’t have a lot of money so keeping my daughter and dog is too hard.

New Niche Finder answers:

Dogs get weird when a new baby comes home, you should just give it a little time to work out.

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