Bringing home a new dog can be very exciting indeed, but it might not be quite as easy as what you imagine. After all, your current pooch might be pretty happy being the only pet in the household at the minute, and they might start to feel very jealous and put-out if you bring in someone new. But that’s no reason why you can’t have a new dog at all. You just need to make sure that you introduce the two pets slowly over time so that they have plenty of time to get to know each other.
Here are some great tips that can help you successfully bring home a second dog.
Make Sure Your Current Dog Is Ready For A New Pal
One of the first things to think about is whether or not your current dog is actually ready for a new pal. If your dog has any behavioural issues, it’s a good idea to sort these out before thinking about getting a new dog. You should also watch how your dog reacts with other pooches when they are on their daily walk. If they seem quite aggressive towards them, it could be best to try to socialize them more before bringing them a pal home.
Find A Good Match
If you are sure that your dog is ready for a new playmate, then it’s important to look for a good match. After all, you want the two pets to be compatible with one another. For instance, if your current dog is very old and lazy, they might become very annoyed if you bring an energetic puppy home with you one day. However, in some cases, opposites can work out quite well. Some people who have a dog with low confidence have found that bringing home a very assertive dog can help their current dog build their self-esteem.
Don’t Make Them Share
Dogs are very territorial creatures, so I’m sure that neither dog will be too happy about being made to share anything. They will need separate dog beds, feeding bowls, and toys. You might even have to feed them on their own away from each other too, as some dogs can be very territorial over their food and might even show signs of aggression if another dog is in the same room as them while they eat.
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Have An Introductory Playdate
Don’t bring your new dog home without your current one having met them. Generally speaking, it is always best to introduce the two dogs at a playdate. This gives them time to get used to one another. If things seem to go well after a few playdates, it’s probably time to bring your new pup home!
Keep The Dogs Separate When Left Alone
Even if the two dogs seem to get on with each other really well, it’s still a good idea to keep them separate from one another when you leave them alone.
If you are sure that your current dog is ready for a friend, it’s now time to start looking for a new dog!
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