How to introduce a second dog into your pack 

Welcoming another furry friend into your family is an exciting time, but it may be a ruff transition for the dog already at home whose space is about to be invaded. To help your pets settle in comfortably, fetch these tips on how to introduce a second dog into your pack. 

Understanding the right fit 

Before bringing a new dog into your home, it’s important to consider your existing pet’s temperament. Some dogs are sociable, while others may prefer their own space. If you have an older dog with low energy that’s used to being the only fur baby, it may be best to introduce a calm dog into the household that can match their energy, rather than a playful puppy. It’s also crucial to think about size, gender and any other past experiences your pet has had with other dogs. 

The meet and greet 

The initial meeting between your dogs is a pivotal moment. We suggest a neutral location to make it a pawsitive experience for both dogs, such as a park – somewhere your existing dog doesn’t associate as their territory. Allow them to sniff each other and, even if things get a little growly, remember it’s their way of communicating and setting boundaries. 

Creating a safe space for both dogs 

When you feel ready to bring the new dog home, make sure each dog has their own personal space, including separate beds, food bowls and toys. Creating separate areas can prevent potential conflicts. 

Reinforce positive interactions 

Like humans, dogs need time to adjust to change. When you spot them being gentle with each other or sharing space peacefully, reward them with praise and perhaps even a treat. 

Relationships take time 

Don’t be disappointed if your current and new dog don’t hit it off right away. Like any relationship, it takes time to form a bond. They may not snuggle together and play like the best of friends like you want them to. It’s okay for them to just coexist. 

Bringing a new dog into your pack is a big step, but with patience and understanding you can create a great experience for both dogs. And remember, we’re always here to lend a paw with any of your pet care needs. 

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