Get prepare for the arrival of a new dog
The arrival of a new dog family member is always a source of joy for everyone
The arrival of a new dog family member is always a source of joy for everyone, but it may not seem as beautiful and fun for our old dogs, but there is no reason to stress. There are always efficient solutions and methods to make them feel at ease. Both our veteran furry friend and the newcomer, stay and we will give you some tips that you can apply to make the presentation between both dogs
more pleasant and enjoyable.
Keep in mind that an ancient dog already has its own rules, spaces, toys, and habits. So, it is probably not going to like suddenly running into a puppy in your area. It can stress it out to the point where it can try to hurt the little one.
The presentation moment is significant. At this time, many factors play, the environment, our pet mood, and how we introduce the new member will always influence.
Before adopting a new furry friend, educate yourself very well about him. Usually, most puppies have no problem adjusting to new places because they are small and want to play all over the place.
Some dogs tend to be very territorial and do not accept for any reason that another dog approaches their area. For this reason, we advise you that if your pet has had episodes of fights with other dogs for territorial reasons, first consult a dog trainer before venturing out to bring a new one home.
Another critical point to highlight is our mood, how we feel at the time of the presentation. It will also help our adult dog to be confident. As is well known, these peculiar and charismatic friends can sense our state of mind and could quickly feel identified if we transmit this feeling of nervousness and stress to them.
A puppy can be very submissive to the adult dog at the first meeting time, even urinating a little, but this is normal. It is how the puppy communicates with the adult and makes him understand that he knows who runs the place and respects him.
On the other hand, our furry adult will sniff the newcomer for a moderately long moment. He does so to know the sex, temperament, and even the
age of the smallest. An adult dog will very rarely try to hurt a puppy, it is not entirely impossible, but the oldest of the dogs will likely feel or not attracted to the youngest of the dogs in the first instance.
What to do before the new dog presentation?
Moments before the presentation, keep your adult dogs things in one place, his bed, his toys, and other things you have for his distraction. The puppy should also have its toys and a bed in a secluded spot from the area where the older one sleeps to avoid territorial problems.
Where they will eat must also be previously identified for each one, do not feed your new puppy from an enormous plate, he could take it in a wrong way, and he could think that the puppy is occupying his space the attention of their owners. Another point that you must consider is not to pay more attention to the puppy. It is understandable that, because it is small, you want to play with
it all the time, but no. You must bear in mind that you still have an adult dog at home and that, therefore, you will need to dedicate the same time to both.
How to do the presentation between the new dog with your old dog?
The presentation of both dogs, you can do it in your own home, in the yard, or a park. You will need the adult dog to be calm. You can ask a friend, family, or neighbor to come with the new puppy to the place where you decide to make the presentation.
At the time of presentation, your adult dog may be reluctant to interact with the puppy. It is typical behavior, and you should not force your veteran friend to interact with the new one. You could stress him out, and this would lead to problems between the two of you.
The adult dog can bark or growl at the puppy, do not get excited. If you do not see that they can resort to a fight, let them interact with each other. It is their natural way of getting to know each other.
Suppose you see that everything continues to flow correctly between both dogs. In that case, you will not need to intervene, let them feel calm at all times, do not try to reward either of them for what they do, prevent a fight from starting to stand out over the other, and it is terrible for both parties.
When you see and feel that there is an apparent peace between both dogs, it is time to take a walk with them, keep both with a collar and leash, if possible, always have the identification plate on each of the collars to avoid accidents. You can carry both of them calmly in one hand. The puppy will learn
from the adult dog, it will try to imitate it in everything it does, so if you have an adequately
educated adult dog, this will serve as a basis so that your new puppy can behave appropriately.
Coexistence at home in the period of adaptation of both dogs
Once both they are established at home, do not think that everything ends there. However, your adult dog may have admitted the puppy. He will not stop seeing that place as his refuge. In a certain way, it is there where he will begin to try to control the smallest, either with barking, grunting, or any other way that seems pertinent to your veteran four-legged friend.
Maybe at some point, they decide to play, do not be alarmed if at any time your dog barks at the smallest. Remember that puppies have a lot of energy and could play all day if they could. If you notice that your adult dog no longer wants to play, and tries to tell the other dog that he no longer wants to continue with that, do not intervene. Usually, with some barking or growling, the puppy should understand that there is no more play at the moment.
What should your daily routines be when you adopt a new dog?
If you already have an adult dog at home, you likely have certain routines, whether walking, playing, or eating. Do not abruptly change these schedules. Adapt the puppy to your way and that of the older dog. You cannot put aside the things you did before. It could negatively affect the older dog and would see the arrival of the new member negatively.
▪ When you leave home and return, do not go directly to greet the new dog. Interact first with the older one, or if it is the case, and both have no problems, you can greet them at the same time, always giving the same affection towards both parties.
▪ You can leave them at intervals of time alone. In this way, they will be able to meet and interact with each other. Dogs will never act in the same way in front of you, there will always be something that changes, and these changes will gradually make them closer. Do not neglect them for so long. It is still important to be alert to possible accidents.
▪ If your dogs are playing, and for some reason, the adult dog hits the puppy, do not run to take the little one. If you see that he gets up and continues playing, leave him.
▪ When it is time for lunch, keep the hierarchy order, that is. Serve first the adult dog and then the puppy. It will make the smallest understand that his place is second, and thus the veteran dog will not feel jealous towards the little one.
▪ It is prevalent that your adult dog, with the new members arrival, begins to develop behaviors that he did not do before, for example. Going to the bathroom in the wrong places, breaking things, barking out of the ordinary, among other things. Immediately correct these negative behaviors with a resounding No. Your dog should understand that what he is doing is wrong and that for this reason, he should not continue doing it.
▪ For no reason, let your adult dog intimidate the puppy. Perhaps your mature dog will try to take food from the smallest, and there you must act in defense of the smallest. Your adult dog must learn that he must respect the others plate, as well as you must train your puppy dog so that he appreciates that of the adult.
▪ Maintain security and firmness when interacting with both dogs. Do not be soft towards them. Dogs tend to try to believe themselves superior to human beings, and they will want to be implemented as pack leaders, make yourself respect for both of them, and show respect to each other.
By following these tips and being patient, you should have no problem bringing a new member home.
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