Those of us here at The Barking Lot believe that you can never have too many dogs. They’re loving, faithful and dedicated companions and so much fun to be around.
If you have a pooch and you’re considering adding a new dog to the family, we say “go for it.” The more the merrier.
But before you do, consider these important tips to help make your multi-pet home a happy one.
What’s Your Dog’s Personality?
Is your pet playful, energetic and social? Or would he rather rest quietly by himself? Has your dog been in fights before with other dogs? If you haven’t already, have your pooch spend time with the neighbor’s dog. Your pet’s personality and how he interacts with other dogs will tell you if he’s ready for a playmate.
Does Breed Really Matter?
Some people feel certain breeds get along better with others. Others believe that each dog is different no matter who they are – it’s just about finding the right match. Ultimately, you decide which pet you think will get along best with your dog.
Make Sure the New Pet Has Been Immunized
It goes without saying that whatever dog you introduce to your resident pet must be properly immunized.
Aside from being current on any necessary shots, be sure the new pet has been spayed or neutered to keep them from roaming or going into heat.
Introduce Your New Dog Slowly
The most important step to bringing your new pet home is one that most people tend to overlook. That is, allowing your new dog and the resident dog to meet on neutral ground.
According to Cesar Milan, expert dog trainer and behaviorist, says that inviting the new pooch into your home is an intrusion on your resident dog’s territory, from your pet’s perspective.
The new dog is also being given the run of the house without established rules or boundaries.
When you approach it from a dog’s point of view, you can see how this scenario could be a potential recipe for fights and friction between the two.
Instead, find a place that your resident pet has never been. Take him there and have a family friend bring the new dog there to meet him. Do a little dog walking. Have the new pooch approach from behind and let them sniff each other out.
Let them walk together until they’re both in a calm, submissive state and then take them home. Allow the resident dog to go in first and “invite” the new dog in.
Once they’re home, allow the dogs to work out who the dominant and submissive dog will be. This will help create a more harmonious relationship, especially if there hasn’t been any formal dog training.
Give Them Individual Attention
Don’t forget that each pet deserves his own time with you, not just now while things are new, but in order to create balance and harmony long-term and maintain a happy, furry household.