Lindsey: Introducing My dog to a New dog?
My dog isn't all too good at meeting new dogs. She gets too excited and scares the other dogs.
Tomorrow, we are getting a new dog. How can we keep her calm and get along with the new dog? Any tips/Tricks?
Answers and Views:
Answer by Ashleigh
You should make sure your dog is playing or something when bringing your new dog in.
Have you got a safety gate? If not, put up some wood or something so Your dogs can see each other but can't get to one another. After they have settled, introduce them but sit infront of your new dog, this way keeping it from getting scared. Use treats to distract your dog too.
Answer by Jojo
Before getting a new dog you should make sure your present dog and the new dog have compatible temperaments. I am assuming potential new dog is an adult dog. Let them meet on neutral ground to see how they interact with each other.
Also knowing the age of both dogs and the gender of the new dog would help in giving more accurate advice.
The new dog may or may not get along with your present dog depending on it`s temperament.
Some dominant natured dogs may find over excitement a nuisance and put the dog in its place.
A more submissive dog may find it too over powering and get upset.
Answer by Olivia
Letting them meet outside is best. That's what we did when we got our second dog. Also, it's important to sound cheerful when introducing your new dog. This eases the tension when two dogs meet.
Answer by Elisa D
When you say excited, I'm taking that to mean that she starts barking at them. I suspect that it's fear aggression, which you can help her overcome by working on her confidence. I would work with a dog trainer for ideas and tips. Victoria Stilwell's "It's Me or the Dog" tv show has tips on dealing with this too, as well as in her books.
Introduce the dogs in neutral territory and take them on a walk together before you take them home. Right now, the house is *her* domain and she'll be more likely to want to assert that if they meet at home. When fostering dogs, I typically introduce them to my dogs out in the yard (at least) since that is more neutral.
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