Dogs are fun and loyal creatures, however at times they can be territorial. If you already have an older dog, and as they have less energy, it would be beneficial to adopt or buy an adult dog. If you adopt your dog from an RSPCA shelter, you’ll be given a better understanding of its temperament and whether or not they recommend this dog to live with other animals. Here are some steps you can take to make the introduction between the two a little less stressful.
Meet on neutral ground
It is best if you get a loved one to take your existing dog on a walk and get your new dog to walk around your house. This will get them used to the smell of your existing dog, making a smoother introduction when they meet later at the park. I suggest giving treats to both dogs when they first meet each other.
Pre Dog Preparations
Before getting your new dog, hide any objects that your existing dog and they could get territorial or competitive over. This includes objects such as toys, chews or food. After coming back from the park, supervise your dogs closely. If any aggression rises, distract both dogs and do not punish any of them. Give a lot of praise and treats to either dog for positive interactions with the other.
Doggy Personal Space
It is good to give your dog their own little sleeping area. Feed each dog separately until you feel comfortable that they are able to eat together.
Take the dogs on short walks and play time together. Make sure you do not show if you favour one dog over the other.
Do not let your pets interact freely until you feel 100% comfortable and they enjoy each other’s company and do not find this interaction stressful.
Some would say that it is easier for two dogs to meet each other rather than a dog and a cat. Dog’s are extremely intuitive and can sense when you feel uncomfortable or anxious (they can smell emotions). That’s why it is important to remain calm and collected during this introduction, as they will reflect how you feel. If your dogs continue to remain on edge or if you still feel nervous, contact a trainer to ensure proper bonding between dogs.