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    Buy a Dog - Introducing Dogs to Each Other

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    When you are buying a dogyou will have to think carefully before you introduce a new dog into your homeif you already have a dog. Elderly dogs can find bouncy puppies very stressfulso when you are introducing dogs you should be considerate to your existingpets.

     

    Introducing Dogs – Top Tips

     

    • You should make sure you have someone to help you so you each have a dog each.
    • One of the most important things when introducing dogs is to do it on neutral ground. This way the dogs are away from their own territory.
    • When introducing a dog to another you should be confident and relaxed, if you are anxious then the dogs will feel it too.
    • Avoid a face to face introduction as it can end in confrontation. It is better to walk the dogs alongside one another. If they become tense then you can separate them, give them a treat and repeat the earlier steps.
    • Once they can be calm and accept each other being there then you can take them home. Make sure that all beds, toys and food are removed so they do not squabble.
    • Allow the dogs to walk around the house gradually putting back beds and toys as you go.
    • If you have to go out and are not comfortable leaving them in the same room then separate them.
    • However much the dogs get along you shouldn’t leave them together when food is out.
    • You will need to spend one on one time with each dog so that neither one feels left out. 

    Find out more about introducing your puppy to new experiences.

     

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