How to Help Dogs Get Along

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As a pet owner, you probably think that adding another dog to your household would be more fun. But once the new dog enters the house, your old dog becomes territorial. This can be very stressful for you and the dogs.

While dogs are a social species, it is a known fact that not all dogs get along with each other.  There are a few things you can do to make sure that your dogs’ relationship gets off to a great start. Here are a few.

Proper introduction

Dogs can be very protective of their territory, and a new dog can be considered as a potential threat. If you’re thinking of bringing home a new dog, it is important to make sure that you introduce your new canine companion to your dog. Make sure she knows you aren’t replacing her.

Meet in a neutral location

Introduce the dogs in a neutral territory – preferably, a place that is not familiar to both dogs. If you do choose a place where you normally walk your dog, she may consider it as her territory and see the new dog as a territorial intruder.

Walk the dogs together and allow them to get used to each other. Make sure that both dogs are on leash and handled by a separate adult. Once you notice that they are okay with each other, that’s the only time you can take them home.

Take it slow

Used to being the only dog in the house, some pets take time adjusting to the new dog. Start by letting them play outside. Long walks and play exercises will help them become accustomed with each other. Both dogs should be on leash until they can calmly stand next to each other.

It is also a good idea to keep them in separate crates when inside the house to reduce conflict. It may take several weeks to several months to get to the point where the dogs can meet calmly. Be patient.

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