How to Introduce a Second Dog


Getting a Second Dog: Your Current Dog’s Role


You’ve made the decision, you’re getting a second dog, but you’re not sure how to do it. You’ve already got a dog, and a senior dog at that. How do you introduce your new dog to the house without upsetting your senior dog? How to you ensure your senior dog and your new dog will get along? Keep the following five tips in mind to help you, your senior dog, and your new dog, make a smooth transition.



Introducing a Second Dog To Your Family

2. Dog Size


Once you determine your motivations for getting another dog, consider what you want your new dog to be able to do. If you want a dog that will encourage your senior dachshund to get up and move, getting a Bernese mountain dog might not be the best way to do that. Size is an important factor. Big dogs can intimidate small dogs, and big dogs can be too rough with small dogs. Not only that, but when young dog’s play they can crash into senior dogs, and injure them. The size of your new dog isn’t necessarily a make or break factor, but it is important to keep in mind, especially if you want the younger do to play with your senior dog.



Introducing a Second Dog To Your Family

4. The Introduction


After you have made your choice, introducing the dogs is an important step. Keeping both dogs on a leash, and allowing them to sniff each other while still in your control is a safe way to introduce them. It may also help to actually have hands on each of the dogs. The introduction can be stressful for both dogs, and having the physical comfort of your touch can help them feel safe. If you are unable to do this by yourself consider having a friend or family member hold your new dog. You holding your senior dog will help your senior dog understand that you are not abandoning him for the new dog.



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