Planning to get a new puppy to have a lovely pet family? It is really a great thing to do. But, STOP! If you have an old dog, do you think that it would be easier or worried how to introduce both of these pooches. Normally, puppies are highly energetic whereas the old ones are less energetic. So whenever, a new pup enters, it is not that the old dog is jealous or not compassionate but the fact is due the difference in their energy levels, older one normally avoids the newer one.
The introduction is a mammoth task, but considering a few below Steps you can definitely make the process easier.
Rituals to Follow When Introducing Your Dog To A New Puppy
- Know your dog first, his likes and dislikes as well as how he behaves with other neighborhood pets or dogs when in dog parks. This helps in bringing your new pup interacting with your pooch.
- One of the effective ways is to introduce both your new pup and old dog in a neutral place. This helps dog learn that the new puppy is just a baby.
- Creating positive associations help in bringing both of them together. Like for the first-time meeting take them to a park, make them play with a ball or a dog toy, give a treat and take them together on a car ride (if your old dog is not phobic about the car rides). This will create positive association with the pup.
- Bringing home new puppy, you may be likely to revamp your house making it puppy proof. If you are onto this, then do these changes a few weeks back making your old dog to adjust with the changes. This will help your dog to get used to the new environment and quite easier to accept the new one.
- Make changes in routine ahead before bringing in puppy. Change your dog’s feeding and walking time to avoid the clashes between both the pooches. For example, if you are taking your dog for a walk in the mornings, make it to afternoon or evenings. Similarly, switch the feed time a little bit later in the day as you need to give priority to your new pup.
- During the starting phase, don’t force interactions. Some easily mixes and some remain indifferent for a long time. Bring them together by having a play with them or go for a group walks. Apart from this, let them mingle on their own way.
- Ensure that your pooch has a quiet place where he can retreat to when he wants.
- In spite of directing your old pup to stop growling or barking, teach your new puppy not to bite or irritate your dog. It is a simple basic training, which you need to give to your puppy.
- Though puppy is your new priority, set separate time for your old pooch. Have one-to-one meeting going on walks, play and training without your puppy.
Little things will ease the air of storm and bring in a smooth new beginning. Just bringing in that new pup is not that enough but making sincere efforts help settle the differences and makes a great pet family.
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