For a lot of families, getting a puppy is one of the most exciting things that can happen. The young pup brings life and energy to the household, and they are always happy to see new people. But before bringing your new friend home, it’s important that you introduce them properly to your older dog so they can live together in peace. In this blog post we will discuss how you should introduce your puppy to an older dog!
Introduce the puppy to your older dog on neutral territory
Introduce the puppy to your older dog on neutral territory like the park, living room or outdoor yard. Keep your older dog on a leash during introductions so they can’t harass them, and make sure to keep your puppy on their lead as well.
Let the dogs sniff each other at first and establish some ground rules with low-key growling, but don’t let any aggressive behavior go unaddressed! If either of them tries to bite you or another animal/person in the household then that is not going to work out.
These are standoffish behaviors for animals because it sends information about themselves without getting into an actual fight (which would be more violent)
Don’t put food down while introducing these two new friends; this could cause aggression from both parties over who gets access to said food
Take care of any medical issues with the older dog
Any medical issues with the older dog can disrupt the introduction to your puppy. If they are recovering from surgery, or have any other injury that could be upset by a hyperactive doggy friend then wait until the older dog’s health has improved before introducing them to one another.
The best way to introduce a puppy is by slowly introducing them in the older dog’s territory. This means the older dog needs to be capable of showing they new dog that it is his territory. Although they may be sharing the space from now on, it is healthy for the older dog to feel like he has welcomed the new dog.
Have your pup sit on one side of the room and let the older dog enter at its own pace, with no pressure from you or anyone else. This will help prevent any rough house play that could result in scratches and other injuries that can become infected if not properly cared for right away. Once all introductions are made then it should be safe to get both animals involved in playing together so they each know how much space they have when they’re running around.
Make sure you have plenty of time and patience when introducing them
Having time and patience means keeping an eye on both dogs to spot any signs that the older dog is feeling uncomfortable and introduce them at a slower pace.
If the puppy acts aggressive, make sure you give him his own space. This will help communicate to your older pup that he does not need to feel threatened by this new arrival.
It may take weeks for your pets to get used to each other.
One of their favorite things about being an adult dog is they don’t have much patience when it comes time for introductions with another animal in your home. They’ve been around long enough now where they know what’s expected and are ready for anything!
Keep an eye out for aggression or fighting between the two dogs
If you introduce new animals to your home, it’s important that you introduce them in a safe way. When introducing a puppy to an older dog, be sure not to leave them alone together without supervision and make sure that both are getting along. It may take weeks for your pets to get used to each other but if there is any aggressive behavior or fighting between the two dogs, stop it right away!
It is normal for this to happen, but if it is happening, you may have to separate the two and try again another day.
Be sure that your older dog has plenty of space in a private area with some toys or pieces of their favorite food so they feel safe enough for introductions with the puppy.
If any fighting occurs, stop it right away! You are not doing them any favors by allowing this behavior to continue; both dogs will be more stressed out. Your best bet when introducing animals into your home is to introduce new pets slowly and patiently over time while supervising closely at all times until everyone gets used to each other. The key here is patience on your part as an adult owner—don’t rush things and don’t give up too soon.
Let your older dog sniff around the new pup so they get each other’s scent
Dogs need to familiarize themselves with each other’s scent in order to feel comfortable with one another, so spend some time letting your older dog sniff around the new pup.
Introduce them slowly and allow for plenty of supervised interaction in controlled environments like a fenced-in backyard or even inside on an area rug while you’re home as they get used to each other’s presence.
Your job is to watch closely for signs that there may be problems brewing between these two animals. If either animal seems stressed or anxious in any way, intervene immediately!
If at any point during this process anything goes wrong—a fight breaks out or things just seem off from what should be happening—stop it right away and rethink your strategy moving forward; if not handled well at first, dogs can become territorial.
Give them time alone to explore their surroundings separately
Part of feeling comfortable is knowing the space and having a sense of familiarity.
And so if you’ve introduced them to their new home, one at a time with plenty of treats in tow, then give each dog time alone there for exploration; or take them out on different walks together as they get used to exploring outside without running into any issues.
The key is giving both dogs enough time to explore separately—whether it’s inside first or out first, that doesn’t matter. What matters most is getting them comfortable before trying anything else more involved!