The first week of cohabitation of dogs is the most important and most difficult, pets get used to each other, learn to coexist together, establish their own internal hierarchy. An adult dog will show the puppy “rules of conduct”; try not to interfere in such “lessons” without unnecessary need.
If you see that the dogs began to fight and entered into courage, try to switch their attention to another activity so that their excitement does not roll into the zone of aggression.
If you are late, and the quarrel has already begun, strictly mice both dogs! You must unequivocally demonstrate to both pets that fights are prohibited in your home!
Make sure that an overly active puppy does not tire an adult dog with its endless games. If you see that the older pet is tired and trying to ignore the baby or snarls at his attention, “unload” the older dog, continue the game with the puppy yourself.
Do not let the puppy become a provocateur, feeling your support and protection!
Be careful and consistent – give each dog a sufficient amount of your attention, including in private! The senior pet should receive it no less than before, so as not to feel deprived and not to be jealous of the owner for a new pet.
The puppy also needs an individual interaction with the person, this communication will help you to establish a connection with a small pet.
Pastime and games with two dogs at the same time are also important and necessary, but they will develop, first of all, the connection between the dogs, and not with the owner.
In the first week, it is advisable not to leave the dogs alone, unattended. If you leave, separate them for the duration of your absence in different rooms, close them in different rooms. If this is not possible, build a separation wall or playpen for the baby. A transparent barrier will accelerate the process of adoption and rapprochement of dogs – they will see and feel each other.
If the dogs are in different rooms during your absence, you can use a popular cynological trick to exchange them – the exchange of smells. To do this, take two slightly damp rags and wipe the dogs’ fur, and then leave in each of the rooms in which you locked the dog a rag with the smell of another dog. This will speed up the dogs getting used to each other.
Dog rapprochement usually takes about three days, less than a week. If you are away from home and are forced to separate the dogs into different rooms, this time does not count towards three days. The more you separate the dogs, the longer they will get used to each other. Therefore, I consider the best time to make dog and dog-friendly, this is the weekend when you can spend the maximum amount of time together with your pets.
There are a number of situations in which the owner needs to be especially vigilant – during his return home, when guests come to you, and also when the dogs eat. At these moments, dogs can be aggressive, although before that they were quite calm and accommodating.
If one of the dogs is aggressing, then do not rush to remove the “barriers” – let the dogs live with the partition for a while, and the aggressor is muzzled. Control the process of rapprochement personally, do not let it drift.
To understand that the dog has calmed down will help you in her posture. For example, if she began to turn away and lay down with her back to the puppy – this is the first good sign of reconciliation. Do not be lazy to praise and encourage dogs with “snacks” for a calm and flexible behavior!
I repeat, but this is important – at first, until the dogs got used to and adopted each other, feed them in different rooms. After the dogs have eaten, be sure to clean the bowls with leftover food. Bowls with clean drinking water should ALWAYS be available to dogs,
In conclusion, I want to say that only TWO dogs can be better than a dog!)
And don’t even bother reproaching yourself for allegedly “cheating” on your first dog, starting a second one! Dogs are social creatures. The desire to live “in a pack” is genetically based on them. Having a tailed friend will make your dog’s life happier and more interesting!