In life, situations are not uncommon when a pet lives in the house, and a second one is taken to it.
The owner’s most important task in such a situation is not to destroy the happiness of his first pet and make the stay of the “new one” as comfortable as that of the “older” pet.
From our last litter, Jack Russell Terriers, for example, one puppy goes to live with an adult cat in the house, and the second “shares” with the older dog in the family.
About how to make friends a dog and a cat, I have already published material.
And now it’s time to help with good advice to those who decided to have a second dog.
Well, if the decision on the appearance of a second dog in the family is made carefully. The hosts had time to think everything over and prepare. For example, you decided to take a “friend” for your dog so that he would not be bored for a long time alone at the time of your forced absence from home.
However, there are situations when everything happens quickly and unexpectedly. For example, you picked up a stray adult dog on the street.
Whatever the initial situation, in order to make friends of two dogs, you have to solve several problems.
How to make a dog-friendly with a dog?
1. Territorial issue
It is extremely undesirable to make adjustments to the usual life of your first dog when the second one appears – to relocate it to a new place, move the bench from the place “years old”, move bowls that ALWAYS stood HERE up to this point.
I also do not recommend imposing an adult dog next door to a new one – placing the beds and bowls of two dogs in close proximity. This is a direct path to territorial conflicts and aggression.
And it is not at all permissible to move the “property” of the old dog and put in its place a lounger for the new dog. Dogs have a sense of jealousy and possessive behavior. And if the first dog is old, it can even be sad and even get sick from such an unfair and offensive behavior of the owner!
The best option for the “correct” behavior of the owner is to conditionally divide the existing territory in half and move the dogs as far apart as possible. I mean, first of all, the location of the beds and bowls of dogs.
Moreover, it is advisable not to touch the lounger and bowls of the first dog at all, and in the second half of the apartment (or house), on the diametrically opposite side, determine the place for the lounger and bowls of the second dog.
2. Minimization of provocative moments
It will not be superfluous to think over what can serve as a “stumbling block” during an acquaintance. Therefore, at the time of the first meeting of the dogs, it will be correct to remove all toys, bowls, and goodies from the reach zone. Everything that can provoke a sense of competition in dogs.
The first dog feels like a mistress of the situation because this house is already HER territory. For this reason, the street, park or any other NEUTRAL territory, rather than an apartment, would be an ideal place for dogs to meet. None of the dogs should have a tangible advantage, they should be in exactly the same circumstances!
Try not to worry! Remember that dogs easily “read” our mood by breathing, heartbeat and other “beacons” and adapt to their owners.
You must be relaxed, radiate peace and friendliness!
3. Preparation for the first meeting
So, when the dogs first see each other on the street or another neutral territory, they should be well walked. The best option is if your first, “older” dog is already well run and even a little tired.
It is advisable that the dogs meet, both on a leash. No need to pull and pull the leashes. Let the dogs walk calmly, get to know each other and sniff each other.
Be prepared for the puppy to demonstrate submission – he will tighten his tail, lower his ears, lay on his back. Perhaps the baby will begin to lick the muzzle of an adult dog. An older dog may growl. All these rituals are natural for dogs, so you should not worry. The only thing that needs to be controlled is that the joyful “attacks” of the big dog do not injure the baby.
If your older dog is well socialized, then she will not be aggressive towards the puppy. After she sniffs it and studies it, most likely, she will either ignore it or invite him to active games. Everyone knows how the dog “flirting” looks like – the dog lowers the front of the body and raises its tail.
After the dogs have played a little, take a walk for 10-15 minutes with both dogs on a leash. If the meeting didn’t somehow work out right away – the dogs are too alert and tense, then go on a joint walk right away. It is most convenient to do this together with an assistant. If you suddenly notice that the dogs are aggressive, go with the assistant in the center, keeping the dogs on opposite sides of each other. That is, two people should separate the dogs. If the dogs react to each other quite calmly, let them walk alongside, and people accompany the dogs from the outside.
4. We bring dogs home
After the dogs have walked and calmed down, it’s time to go home. It is best to bring dogs into the apartment on leashes as well. Let the new dog enter the house first.
Give the dogs a drink of water, diluting them in their bowls into different rooms.
Control the behavior of the older dog, make sure that it does not show aggression towards the puppy. If the dog is aggressive, put a muzzle on it.