Puppy Friends

For convenience, we will refer to your dog as “she” rather than “he or she”.

 

This article applies to owners who already have one or more other animals present in their household and are bringing a new puppy into this environment.  The following suggestions should help with allowing the puppy friends to mingle in the best way.

 

●    If you already have another dog in your household, then bring the two together for the first time in the yard and not inside the house.  Your attention should be on your older dog, because she is the one most likely to feel uncomfortable and perhaps even threatened by the new arrival.  Supervise them closely during these early stages and always remain within their sight.  Set aside an area of the yard which the puppy can readily access, but which cannot be reached by your larger dog, and show the puppy how she can access this rest area when she needs to.  This “escape area” might for instance be a kennel with an entrance too small for your bigger dog.  When the new puppy is well settled in to her new environment you can begin to leave them together and out of your sight, but remain alert to any potential problems that may arise.  Your new puppy should have completed her vaccination requirements before she is allowed to come into contact with other dogs in the neighbourhood.

 

●    Some owners already have a family cat.  If you have a cat in your household, be sure to have clipped all her nails before the puppy is introduced, and again stay with them and supervise their behaviour in the early stages.  Try to anticipate any likely unsettling behaviour which may arise, such as the puppy chasing the cat around the yard or jumping on her.

 

●    If you own other animals, introduce them also as soon as the puppy is brought home for the first time and again maintain close supervision.

 

●    When friends and neighbours come to meet your new puppy do not allow any of the visitors, especially children, to get her too excited.  The meetings should occur in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere and she should be handled gently and carefully.

 

Throughout these early weeks you need to share your attention between your new puppy and your other household animals.  It may be some time before you can leave them together unsupervised.  Remember to ensure that your puppy has ready access to her kennel on these occasions.

 

We wish you every training success and years of enjoyment for both you and your dog.