Introducing a new dog 101
Dogs are like people, and sometimes a dog may not like another dog for no apparent reason. NWBR has some guidelines to help all dogs have the best chance of “working it out”
There are many things to consider when introducing your dog(s) to a new doggie friend:
• Take introductions slowly and focus on walking the dogs for a while, take turns walking one dog ahead of the other so they can exchange scents.
• If you have a multiple dog home, introduce all dogs separately, not as a pack.
• Do not allow new dogs to meet strange /neighbor dog until they have been in your home at least 1 week. This allows better understanding of the dog's personality and behavior, allows them time to adjust, and also in case the dog is possibly contagious from recent vaccinations, shelter exposure or transport.
• Be alert and make the introductions gradually and calmly. Even if they got along well at a previous meet, your dog may be extremely territorial in the home.
• Give your own dog love and praise if they are being friendly and respectful. Do not tolerate growling, lunging, barking from either dog.
• Exhausting the dogs is paramount in overcoming reactivity or defensiveness so one or both dogs may require a good run or lengthy hike before trying again.
• Leave leashes on the dogs when you are in the home, so that you can get immediate control if needed. You may only need to do this for a short time.
• Talk normally. This shows the dogs everything is fine yet be clear they must behave.
• DO NOT encourage play between the dogs with toys or bones, these things can very easily encourage a fight and should be introduced much further down the line.
• Don’t leave your new dog unattended with your dog(s).