Having a pet really is a lifetime commitment. They quickly become an established member of the family. Whether you have a cat, a dog, or something else, you know they are just as important as everyone else in the household. Introducing a new member of the family to everyone else doesn’t always go smoothly. You know if you’ve had a second child, that feelings of jealousy can run deep between the siblings. It can be the same with a second dog.
There are lots of reasons for getting a second dog. Your second child may want a pet of her own. Or perhaps you’re looking for some canine company for your first dog. Sometimes, you just find another dog you really want to take home and love. Whatever your reasons, a second dog in the house can often be a good thing for everyone.
If you are preparing to bring home a second dog, it’s important that you organize the new dog’s things. He will want his own collar and lead. There may be some Alpha dog issues to contend with. It is natural that your first dog will want to take the role of top dog. He has been there the longest and knows you the best. There isn’t anything wrong with this, but it needs to be your preference too. If you want an equal relationship, then you may want to spend some extra time with them both.
To ensure both dogs know their designated places, it’s important for you to be able to identify each of their belongings. You can buy a personalized embroidered paw print blanket for each of them. If they both smell equally of you before you hand them over, it will help the dogs understand that you are actually the top dog, not them. Once the dog uses the blanket, there will be no mistaking which one is which.
Dog psychology can be tricky to understand. Each canine has his own personality, so their interactions with you and each other can’t always be predicted. Instead, spend some time with them both when you introduce the new dog. Give them both plenty of cuddles, and demonstrate your good behavior reward system as quickly as you can.
If they look like they are not getting on, then separate them for a short while before trying again. Try not to let it reach the stage of aggression. Assurances that the situation is OK needs to come from you. It may take some time for both dogs to feel settled. When you are comfortable, hugging both dogs at the same time can be helpful for them both.
It’s important for your new dog to feel welcome and at home. It is also important for your first dog to feel just as loved as before. Don’t force the first dog to have to share anything. New toys can be bought for both your pets if you’re worried one will feel left out. Sometimes a dog trainer can help the new relationships run smoothly. Have fun with your new dog.