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What are good tips I can follow when I am bringing home a new dog when I have a dog already?

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I have this terrier mix, but I am getting a new Shih Tzu puppy. I have had the terrier for 10 years now, but I want to bring a new dog to the family. My terrier can be aggressive at times, so how can I “train” my terrier to get used to the new puppy? Please help I don’t want my terrier chewing on the new dog!

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Answer by Bin Weevils
well i have 6 dogs and every time i got a new one they didnt do any thing they just looked at it and sniffed it…

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  • Show both dogs strong leadership and don’t put up with any dominant behaviors from either.

  • Puppies are excitable, lovable hooligans. They have bursts of unbelievable energy, however in order to grow they need lots of sleep. New puppies need a room where they can rest and sleep and the other dogs in the house need respite. Older dogs don’t want puppies biting their ears and chewing their necks, if a puppy does this, the older dogs should be allowed to chastise the puppy. How would you cope with an unruly toddler twenty four hours a day? Would you be annoyed if you had a toddler thrust upon you who pulled your hair and poked your eyes? I am sure that you would grumble.

    Please don’t expect your dog to cope with an unruly puppy and to baby-sit twenty four hours a day. Supervise them for SHORT play sessions, then put your puppy in a quiet place to rest. I am not a big fan of crates, however if you do not have a utility room or a separate place where you can leave the puppy, a crate might be an alternative. Don’t expect your older dog to want to sleep with your puppy or to play with it constantly.

    Your puppy will possibly need about four meals a day. Divide your other dog’s rations into four and feed it (or them) at the same time. At the outset you must ensure that your puppy cannot steal the food from your other dogs. Perhaps you can put the puppy on a lead, or create enough space to ensure that the puppy does not steal. However it is important that your other dog, or dogs knows that the puppy is not getting preferential treatment and that they are all being fed when the puppy is fed.

    Give your existing dog or dogs extra attention when the puppy is resting and make them feel special.

    There will be visitors, who want to see your puppy. If the doorbells rings when your puppy is with your other dogs, put your puppy into another room and tell your visitors to fuss your adult dog or dogs and provide treats for your visitors to give them, BEFORE the puppy is allowed out to greet your visitors.

    Older dogs love puppies, with the proviso that YOU stop the puppy from being a pain in the bum. They don’t want a puppy being thrust upon them all of the time. If you do this any dog will object and be confused.

  • Introduce them on neutral territory. You mentioned that your older one can be aggressive and that’s no good for a puppy. So I suggest introducing them at a pet store or a vet office. No dog parks because it may not be good for a puppy with some of its vaccines absent. Don’t rush the process and be sure to establish a pack order. If you want your older one to respect the puppy feed the puppy first, let it out first, play with it first, but if you want the puppy to be submissive to the older one, allow the older one to go first for everything. All in all, make sure you are always the alpha, but establish it in a way where it isn’t constant fear from the dogs. If problems arise, contact a PROFESSIONAL dog trainer, Petco and PetSmart won’t suffice…trust me. Good luck.

  • It’s the introduction that is key, when you have them meet, take them to a neutral location before you bring the shiht-zu in the house, such as your neighbor’s front yard or something. If you’re the closest with your terrier, then you need to walk the shiht-zu and have someone else walk the terrier out of the house and over to where you and the shiht-zu are. Let the two dogs sniff each other, and watch for body language in the terrier, if he gets tense, or his hackles go up, or he “freezes” which is like all of a sudden the dog doesn’t move and has a hard stare at something. A freeze is usually followed by a lunge so watch out for that.

    After they’ve sniffed each other, walk with the dogs side by side, you walking the shih-tzu and someone else walking the terrier, for a little while. Then if everything seems to be going well and your terrier is relaxed, I think it’d be safe to bring it in the house.

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