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How Do I Properly Introduce a Second Dog to My Current One & Manage Feeding and Toys?


Dear VetBabble,

I am planning to adopt a second dog and wanted to know how I should go about introducing the new dog to my current one. I have come across various suggestions like meeting outside, walking together, and so on. How should I manage their feeding and toys? Also, the new dog is crate trained, but my current one isn’t. How will that affect things? Thank you!

Introducing Your New Dog to Your Current Dog

First of all, congratulations on adopting another dog to give them a loving home. Introducing a new dog to your current pet can be a challenging experience, but it’s crucial for a happy pet family. It’s essential to follow specific steps to ensure a smooth transition and avoid any conflicts between your furry friends.

As you’ve already learned, it’s a good idea to have your dogs meet in a neutral area, like a park or a friend’s yard. This prevents your current dog from feeling territorially threatened in their own home. In addition, having a fence or barrier between them during the first meeting could help reduce any initial aggression.

Walking your dogs together can help them create a bond and establish a pack. For the walk to be successful, make sure both dogs are well exercised to lower their energy levels and make the introduction process smoother. You can find more detailed information on introducing a new pet to your furry family here.

Feeding, Toys, and Crate Training

Feeding your dogs is an important aspect to consider when bringing a new pet home. Initially, keep their food bowls separate, and monitor them during mealtimes. This allows you to observe any aggression or dominance issues and intervene if necessary.

It’s also best to pick up all toys and give them to your pets by hand. Keep an eye on them when playing with toys, and watch out for any aggressive, possessive, or jealous behavior. Usually, sharing a water dish is not a problem, but observe for any issues they might have.

Since your new dog is already crate-trained, it’s advisable to use the crate when needed, especially during the introduction phase. This can give each dog a safe space and time to adjust to the new situation. You may even consider crate training your current dog. Here’s an article on crate training to help you get started.

Bringing Your New Dog Home

Once you’ve successfully introduced your dogs and feel confident about bringing your new pet home, ensure your house is safe for both of them. You can follow these tips on bringing a dog home to a safe house.

The first night with your new dog can be an anxious time, so it’s crucial to prepare and know what to expect. This article on spending the first night with a new puppy can help you understand what to expect and how to make them feel comfortable and secure.

I hope these tips and articles will provide you with the information you need to help make the introduction and transition process as smooth as possible. Good luck in bringing your new dog home, and remember, always feel free to reach out if you have any more questions or concerns.

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