Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time for you and your family! All of that energy and love is contagious for human family members, but keep in mind that resident animals might not be as quick to welcome a new fur sibling.
If you already have a dog at home when you get your new puppy, you’ll want to do everything you can to facilitate a positive relationship between them. As long as you do your research and stick to a few basic guidelines, your pups will be playing and cuddling in no time!
Choose a neutral introduction spot.
The first time your dog meets your new puppy, they should be in an open space that is unfamiliar to both of them. Go to a new park, neighbor’s yard, or even a training center so nobody gets territorial (and then aggressive).
Keep both dogs on a leash.
Animals can be unpredictable, especially in new situations. Maintain control over both dogs while they acclimate to one another by keeping them on a leash. Let your dog and new puppy approach each other slowly. Each pup should have their own handler ready to step in if things get dicey.
Monitor body language.
Body language is one of your dog’s fundamental tools for communicating. Pay attention as they interact with the puppy to make sure neither dog feels threatened. Look for warning signs of aggression—stiff, raised tail, ears alert, lips curled—or fear—tucked tail, ears back, body lowered. If you notice any of these signals, be ready to intervene.
Take things slow at home.
Once you’ve introduced your dogs somewhere neutral and allowed them to explore each other, it’s time to bring them home. At home, keep their toys, food, bedding, and general living spaces separated until they get comfortable with one another. Gradually let them interact and spend time together under your supervision before you give them free reign.
At Lankas Labs, we train our puppies starting at 8 weeks old and socialize them with other dogs from birth. Our dogs know to be aggressive on the hunting field, but calm and docile everywhere else, which makes them excellent additions to homes with resident pets!
Call us today at 785-626-9313 to find the perfect new companion for you and your dog!