Introducing Dogs To Each Other

Introduce them on neutral turf away from home and in a location neither dog knows to avoid territorial problems.  Introduce them outdoors if possible, or in a large indoor area.  Pick up all pet toys and do not introduce the dogs at feeding time.

Put the dogs on leashes and be pre parted to separate them.  Do not try to hold the dogs yourself.  This takes at least two people.  If you are alone, you can introduce the new dog in a neutral location, behind a baby gate or screen door, so they can see each other but not touch.  If either dogs shows signs of wanting to fight, spray the dog with water or have a can with coins inside to shake at the dog.  Do not allow fighting.  You are the pack leader.  Praise the dogs for acceptable behavior.  Give more attention to the resident dog than the new dog, establishing the new dog as #2 in the pack.  But if you are comfortable with their reactions to each other, take them home together.

If you are introducing a puppy to an adult dog, hold the puppy, bring the resident dog to the puppy to sniff him/her.  When you are comfortable, put the puppy down to walk around.  If you are not comfortable with the resident dog’s reaction, put the puppy in a crate or behind a baby gate until the resident dog’s reaction is positive.  Don’t worry that the resident dog will intentionally hurt the puppy, a growl or snap is just meant to lay the ground rules.

Do not leave the dogs unsupervised for at least one week.  Keep them separated when you leave home.

Provide separate feeding, bed and toy areas.

Continue to show the resident dog that he comes first, giving him lots of attention, treats, etc.  This will establish that the newcomer is #2 in the “pack order”, helping to prevent future confrontations.

It can take time.  It may take several weeks for the dogs to get used to each other, but you should see improvement every week.  Allow a little aggression between the dogs, but not growling which can lead to a fight.

 


 

GRIFFIN

American Bulldog - Adult - Male
Adoptable Extra Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No Kids

NANA

American Bulldog - Adult - Female
Adoptable Large Mix Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

TUG

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

ORANGE

Chihuahua - Terrier - Baby - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

JUNEAU

Husky - Senior - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

RINGO

Pit Bull Terrier - Young - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

MISSY

Dachshund - Adult - Female
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

BERKLEY

Pit Bull Terrier - Young - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

TOMMY BOY

Beagle - Pug - Adult - Male
Adoptable Small housetrained

DODGE

Greyhound - Labrador Retriever - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

AMAZON

German Shepherd Dog - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No Cats

PATRICK

Chihuahua - Adult - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

LADY MACBETH

Pit Bull Terrier - Senior - Female
Adoptable Large Up-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

BREWSTER

Mastiff - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

ODIN

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

MACRI

Boxer - Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

FLYNN

Tabby - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

LADY G

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Female
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

BAM

Miniature Pinscher - Terrier - Senior - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

DUNCAN

Chihuahua - Dachshund - Senior - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

LV and Babe (Dog friendly)

Maine Coon - Senior - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

MILO

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Up-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

LELE

Pit Bull Terrier - Weimaraner - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium Mix Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

ARMSTRONG

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

NAOMI

American Bulldog - Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No DogsPrefers No Kids

DOC

Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

BUBS

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

MARNIE

American Bulldog - Pit Bull Terrier - Young - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

BRITANNY

Chihuahua - Adult - Female
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

TENNILLE

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shots

MAJOR

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

NYMERIA

Border Collie - Young - Female
Adoptable Medium Mix Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

DUKE (CAT FRIENDLY)

Cattle Dog - Senior - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

NOVA

American Bulldog - Pointer - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotsPrefers No CatsPrefers No Dogs

PATCHES

Domestic Short Hair - Adult - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/Neuteredhousetrained

TIGRILLO

Hound - Labrador Retriever - Baby - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shots

LIAH

Domestic Short Hair - Young - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

HILO

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Female
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

HART

Ragdoll - Siamese - Adult - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

SOCKS

Chihuahua - Adult - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

SCOOTER

Mixed Breed - Terrier - Senior - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

TAVIO

Pit Bull Terrier - Senior - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

CASPER

German Shepherd Dog - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No DogsPrefers No Kids

MAX

Mountain Dog - Shepherd - Adult - Male
Adoptable Extra Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No Dogs

HAYWOOD

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Extra Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

WILLOW

Hound - Shepherd - Senior - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No Dogs

LITTLE MAN

Domestic Short Hair - Adult - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

JAMMY

Dachshund - Terrier - Senior - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained