How to make your dog accept a new puppy?

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blah: How do you make your dog accept a new puppy?
I currently have a nearly one year old Korean Jindo dog. He is very friendly and well trained, but can be really territorial. My family is currently accepting a new puppy, a bernese mountain dog, from the breeders of our last berner. We have no idea how our dog will accept the puppy, although he gets along very well with other dogs. The puppy will no doubt be friendly, and we do not want to ruin this puppy’s personality because of our other territorial/jealous dog. Does anybody have any advice on how to introduce them and get him to accept the puppy and not be jealous and be friendly towards her???

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Answer by pixy_stix
Introduce them in a neutral spot outside the house. Then keep them separated from eachother and introduce them very, very slowly.

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  1. Chrissy says

    Here is what worked for us… as someone mentioned above, we had them meet at a neutral place (a park close to our home). They were both on a leash and were allowed to see each other from a distance, but not get too close at first. After they were okay with that, my husband and I allowed them to sniff each other and eventually we took a short walk together with both dogs. When we felt they were "comfortable" together, we drove home in the same car and entered the house together.

    To make sure our first dog didn't feel neglected because of the new puppy, we always gave her a treat first and acknowledged her first. They are doing extremely well and we haven't have a problem yet. However, I won't leave them alone together but that's mainly because of their size difference (a shepherd mix & a chihuahua).

  2. Danielle says

    when you let them met try putting the puppy in a cage and let your other dog go around the cage and sniff the puppy. Once your dog just starts ignoring the puppy and goes some were else. You can try having Both dogs on a leash. just make sure that your dog can't attack the puppy. Try to have the puppy running lose if your dog is in a cage. Your dog might get really jealous seeing the puppy run around loss in his territory while he is tied up. once both dogs feel comfertable in the same room you can try leting them loose together, if they attack each other then you should probley start from the begining. Well I hope this helps answer your Question


  3. psychnet says

    Bringing in a new dog will disrupt the daily routine for your current dog and the Jindo is very territorial and protective.

    With one dog in the home, I hope you have established yourself as the Pack Leader in your home. This will help you greatly now.

    When you bring the new pup in, ensure the pup has his own food dish (should be on Pup food anyway) and position the food dish away from the dish for the existing dog. Control feed the puppy and avoid letting the puppy get near your current dog while he is eating.

    When you first bring the pup home, put both dogs on a leash and bring the older dog outside to meet and smell the new pup. Dogs instinctively know he's a puppy and typically won't bring any harm to the pup. You should do this off of your property and out of your yard. Your current dog has already taken ownership of the house and the yard, and it's important that their first meeting be on neutral ground. Your current dog will accept the pup into the pack and over a short period of time become playmates and packmates.

    That's not to say the current dog won't feel threatened by the pup approaching his food dish. This will be the one sensative area in most cases. This is the number one reason multi dog owners choose to free feed.

    Ensure you do your best to not disrupt the daily routine for your current dog. You don't want him to feel pushed aside because of the pup, he will sense it and then you will have an older dog that don't accept the pup into the pack right away.

    When the dogs meet outside, watch for signs the older dog is aggitated. Note the position of his tale, If it's way up, approach with the pup very slowly. If the tale is down, also approach with caution. you want the older dogs tail to be in the middle, and being calm and submissive.

    Remember, you are his pack leader and he will follow your lead, even with the new puppy.

    Don't yell or raise your voice if the older dog don't accept the pup immediately. Give them the time they need to sniff each others butts. That's what dogs do when they meet a strange dog. Be calm and assertive though. If you are excited, your dog will be excited too; they read your body language.

    Best of luck to you and the new pup.

  4. Hi Everyone says

    i think you should give them like 1 treat every week and treat them exactly the same and don't leave them together when you go out they could hurt eatch other so 1 in 1 room 1 in the other and they need like the same food in different dishes and tap water in different dishes but if the younger one needs milk don't show the older one and if you like cuddle the young one do the exactly same to the older one

  5. sillybuttmunky says

    My dog is the same way. I have an english setter who is very territorial and aggressive towards others. What I do is muzzle her and keep her in down.

    If she is not proficient in down put a leash on him to keep him under control. The muzzle will allow smelling, playing and exploration w/o the risk of biting.

    Once your dog is comfortable w/ the puppy take the muzzle off. This introduction period should only last an hour or so. If your dog is still having problem w/ the pup keep a close eye on them, and stay in charge of the situation. You may want to intorduce them while one is in a kennel and the other out.

    If your dog acts adversly DO NOT coo, pet, or even talk to him. All you're doing is reinforcing the behavior. Take charge and either remove him from the situation or put him in down.

    Good Luck and Congrats

  6. Sahara says

    You will need to do it slowly and carefully. You need to make sure the other dog feels secure. You cannot show favoritism to the new dog. Both dogs need to get equal attention.
    Treats will help.

    There is some great information on the web or in magazines.
    Dog Fancy, etc. It's a complex process. It could take more than a month or at least a month for the dogs to accept each other. It requires consistent effort. Your best bet is to do some research on the internet and in dog magazines. I have seen articles on it. I've had to go through the process with cats. It requires patience.

  7. Jessica U says

    Make sure to give equal attention to each dog. Visitors should also do this. If they just run to greet the new puppy, your other dog will become jealous and resentful. Don't leave them alone until you know how it is going to go either.

  8. frozenloc2 says

    I have never had a problem introducing a pup to the dog home. They sense baby and tend to mellow out for them besides bringing in a fu grown dog. If your that concerned about the introduction, let them get introduced first on neutral territory like a walk together or outside the home. I don't think there will be a issue.

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