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I have been asked to talk a bit about the best way to introduce two dogs without having conflict..

Having rescued many dogs over the years this is how I manage those first meetings and begin to foster relaxation in times of great emotional intensity.. it would be the same if someone were to come visit with a dog that has no history with mine..

I always take the dogs on at least a 30 minute walk..

with both dogs on leash and someone walking the new dog..

but I don’t walk them side by side..

I walk them in single file..that way there is less stress about being close to a strange dog..

By being in single file the trailing dog gets to sniff the behind of the front dog.. to check him out..which is what dogs do right?

Then at some point I switch and let the front dog trail behind and sniff the others butt.. I would do this several times during the walk..

What is most important here is to keep moving.. if you stop and stand still too much.. tension and stress can trigger aggression…

If one dog pees or poops let the other dog check it out..

Dogs who get the opportunity to do this are more likely to want to sync up and continue walking forward.. which is what they would do in a hunting situation.. once each dog has had opportunities to check the other out.. then I would move both dogs to a side by side position.. not next to one another..not yet..

I would place myself between the dogs.. but side by side moving in the same direction..sometimes one dog will play bow and you might be tempted to let them go play..

I think it is too soon …and you will be running the risk of something going wrong..

Also I don’t try to correct barking or other behaviors.. because the dog is just communicating his feelings about being highly charged in the presence of this new dog..they are just letting off steam so to speak..

Remember to keep moving..two dogs that are standing still and face to face will have a hard time dealing with the intensity of the situation..my job is to help the dogs stay calm and moving..

Playing is not so important as being able to exist in each others company without conflict.. when you get home ..they should be relaxed and able to handle being inside together.. remember to keep the dogs relaxed and calm when inside.

Thanks for reading my post..and like always if you have any questions just let me know.. Happy New Year !

Harley

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How To Introduce a New Puppy or Dog To The Dog(s) You Already Have

Bringing home a new dog is a highly charged and exciting time.

It doesn’t matter if you get a pup or decide to rescue a shelter dog, if you already have a dog, it’s important to manage the introductions to make sure it goes well for you and your dog(s).

If done right, this getting to know you experience can be relatively stress free for everyone.

I have rescued many dog over the years and I can tell you that it takes about 1-2 months for dogs to settle the new pecking order, and a year before you could say the dogs are now part of the same pack.

They are going to test one another, they might even have a “dust up” or two, that’s why I believe supervision and good management are key to making sure things don’t get too far out of hand.

Watch this short I made on how to introduce a new puppy or dog to the dogs you already have.

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Have a sniff – get your dog used to the smell of the new baby before you bring him/her home. A blanket you used in the hospital will do fine, this is a good first step to introduce your new baby to your dog.

Leash your dog – start at a distance and if the dog is calm then slowly move closer to the baby, if at any time the dog shows excitement..move back to where he is not reacting and praise.

Be calm – dogs mirror our emotional state so if you are worried then your dog will be worried as well.

Reward the positives – don’t be too concerned with what you don’t want your dog to do,instead reward any good behavior they show.

Let him get a nose full– Dogs need to smell new things so if your dog is calm then let him have a good sniff of the baby..and reward calm behavior.

No Licking – if the dog tries to lick the baby then give him a stern No! and if he continues put him in time out.

Set clear boundaries – there needs to be places where you put the baby and the dog understands that he or she can’t go in there, like the bedroom, or play areas.

Respect Baby’s personal space – guard your babies space and teach the dog that he or she must stay on their place or if lying on the floor near the baby if fine by you then that is what the dog will learn.

Chewing toys – Your baby is going to have lot’s of toys to play with and you must teach your dog that they do not belong to him or her and if you catch them chewing these toys say..No! and give them something they can chew on..

It goes without saying that you must always supervise whenever your dog is near the baby..while the dog may not make the first move..your baby surely will..when he or she becomes aware of the dog.

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All the best,

Harley