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Introducing your puppy to your dog

Introducing your puppy to your dog

Introducing your puppy to your dog

Perhaps your dog is already used to the fact that you have no other animals besides him, so at first it will be a real shock for him to have a rival in the house – another pet! Some useful tips below will help you make this acquaintance easier and more relaxed.

  • Before you bring a puppy into the house, make sure that the dog already living with you has all the necessary vaccinations – this will ensure that both pets will be healthy and happy.
  • Choose a neutral place to meet and introduce your four-legged friends that your older dog will not consider his own territory. It would be great if you introduced your pets somewhere on the street, however, if the puppy has not yet received all the necessary vaccinations, do not go far from home and limit yourself to organizing a meeting, for example, in your garden.
  • Once your puppy has had at least the first round of vaccinations and your veterinarian has cleared the outdoors, you can take him outside and let him enjoy all the delights and scents of the garden.
  • As soon as the new pet is on the street, take it on a leash and let the older dog out of the house, keeping it on a leash as well, and if it is large and emotional, put a muzzle on it to prevent any trouble during the acquaintance. It will be very interesting for your pets to get to know each other: just let them sniff each other well, gradually loosening their leashes. During the first meeting, talk to them calmly and gently, say that they are doing well, and ignore howling or barking.
  • Reward the calm and friendly behavior of both your pets with petting, praise, or even small treats. If one of your four-legged friends is very worried, do not pay attention: this is quite normal. Most importantly, stay calm! Wait a bit for your pets to calm down. You can even take them away from each other for a while.
  • It is better to break the dating process into several short stages. Then very soon your pets will become the best friends!
  • Let the older dog “invite” or lead the baby into the house. During the introduction, keep both four-legged friends on a leash until the puppy is properly accustomed to the new environment for him, and your adult dog accepts the small pet as a full member of the family. Treat both the adult pet and the puppy equally well and calmly, and do not forget to praise and stroke both as often as possible.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the process of introducing a puppy to an adult dog, we recommend that you seek the help of a qualified veterinarian or trainer in advance.

How to introduce one adult dog to another

When introducing one adult dog to another, don’t be surprised if they don’t bond right away. Cheer up if the process of getting to know each other is not going as fast as you would like, and if in order for your pets to get to know each other better, you have to take them away from home, somewhere in a quiet neutral territory (ideally, unfamiliar to both dogs). Most importantly, remember: as a rule, there are no reasons that prevent successful acquaintance and strong friendship of your pets.

  • When introducing two adult dogs, at first keep them on leashes, and if they are both large and temperamental, it is also advisable to wear muzzles. By following these precautions, allow your four-legged friends to get to know each other well.
  • If your pets start growling or barking at each other, stop the introduction process for a while and move the dogs away from each other until they calm down, and then try again.
  • If, after many attempts, you are still unable to bond between two dogs, seek the help of a qualified and experienced veterinarian or pet behaviorist.

Acquaintance of a dog with a cat or kitten

Once your new pet, be it a puppy or an adult dog, feels comfortable and at ease in their new home, it’s time to introduce them to your cat. Keep in mind that you will need to be patient and give your cat time to get used to a new housemate, especially if your furry friend has never lived with a friendly dog ​​before. At the sight of an unfamiliar dog, cats usually hiss and fight or run away and hide in some secluded place.

The most important thing to consider when introducing a dog to a cat is to ensure the safety of both your pets. As a general rule, dogs are very active and animated at the sight of cats, so it may take some time for the animals to learn to get along with each other. If, after several attempts at introductions, your dog is still irritable or aggressive towards the cat, seek professional advice and assistance from a veterinarian or pet behaviorist.

  • Introducing a puppy to a cat can seem a little intimidating, but remember that your main task is to help both pets relax and feel absolutely comfortable in each other’s company. When doing this, make sure that the cat (or kitten) is in a safe place, out of reach of the dog. In turn, in order to avoid trouble, try to keep the dog on a leash at first.
  • Reward the dog if it shows friendly behavior. If she barks incessantly, don’t worry: it’s very important that you yourself remain absolutely calm!
  • After about five minutes of dating, take a break, take the dog away, and let the cat recover.
  • Repeat the introduction procedure for your pets several times a day (on average, within a few minutes) in different rooms of the house: this is necessary so that they get used to the sight and smell of each other in different environments as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
  • Once your pets have calmed down and relaxed during the introduction process, let the cat come out of his hiding place, while still keeping the dog on a leash. Let the animals get to know each other and don’t forget to show your approval if they are friendly. At the same time, try to always remain absolutely calm, even if one of your pets is nervous and does not look very pleased. Repeat the familiarization procedure several times in different rooms of the house.
  • Watch your pets until you see that they get along well with each other. Let the dog off the leash only when you are sure that your pets will not fight or the dog will not rush to chase the cat. Also, make sure that the cat has its own secluded and safe place out of the reach of the dog, where he can always hide if your pets suddenly do not share something.
  • Feed the cat and dog at different times – then they will both be calm that no one will steal their food.
  • Place the litter box in a place that is convenient for your pet, but at the same time, away from the dog’s habitat. It may not sound very pleasant, but following her doggy instincts, she may well eat the contents of the tray!
  • Make sure that your cat has enough mobile toys and always has the opportunity to run and hunt for them – then the dog will be able to relax without fear that the cat will pester her with her games.

Don’t worry if your pets don’t become best friends. Cats are by nature very independent and may simply ignore a dog, even if they like it and have accepted its presence. However, in most cases, cats and dogs living together eventually become close and inseparable friends, although it is the cat that sets the rules for communication. Remember: as long as each of your pets has their own personal space, everything will be fine!

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