How do you bring a new dog into a home with another dog?
Introducing A New Dog to A Home with Resident Dogs
- Leave your current dog at home when you go to pick up your new dog.
- Recruit a helper(s) for the introduction.
- Choose a neutral setting for the meeting.
- Keep the dogs leashed initially, but try to keep a loose lead to reduce tension.
- Keep initial interaction brief.
Although six months old is the average age of a dog's first heat, this can vary widely.
Some dogs can go into heat as young as four months, while larger breeds may be as old as two years before their first heat.
Responsible breeders never breed a dog on her first or even her second heat.
Generally, you shouldn't start running with your puppy before six months of age; any earlier and you can risk affecting his growing joints and muscles.
Some large and giant breeds may not be ready until later.
Do you let your dog sleep in your bed with you at night? Research has shown that slightly less than one-half of all pet owners share their bed or bedroom with their pet.
Even so, you have likely been told by at least one well-meaning person that your dog should sleep on the floor, in his crate, or in his own bed.
- Chicken and Rice. Chicken and rice are prime ingredients in many dog foods, and these mild foods sit well on upset canine stomachs…
- Shredded Chicken. Shredded chicken is easy on upset stomachs and acts as a huge eating incentive for dogs with decreased appetites…
- Bone Broth…
- Baby Food.
And while that second dog may help alleviate the first dog's symptoms, his presence doesn't fix the underlying separation-related anxiety.
If you really DO want a second dog, the first course of action is to help your existing dog overcome the separation-related anxiety before bringing in the new addition.
Go ahead and sleep with your dog—it's perfectly safe, as long as you are both healthy.
In fact, sharing your bedroom with your canine companion—as long as he isn't under the covers—may actually improve your sleep, according to recent research published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings.