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.

 


 

HAMPTON

Hound - Young - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

ARMSTRONG

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

MARRIOT

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

NAOMI

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

SUNNY

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

MARNIE

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

LADY G

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

COWBOY

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

BANDIT

Siamese - Senior - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

CHEYENNE

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium housetrained

NYMERIA

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

JOPLIN

Boxer - Mountain Cur - Adult - Female
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No DogsPrefers No Kids

SHREKK

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

NELLIS

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

DIGGY

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

TUG

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

WESSON

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

FIONNA

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

WRINKLES

Boxer - English Bulldog - Young - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

ROSIE

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

SWEETS

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

PEPPER

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

LALA

Pit Bull Terrier - Shepherd - 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

GIZMO (CAT FRIENDLY)

Rat Terrier - Young - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

SHORTY

Beagle - Adult - Female
Adoptable Small Spayed/Neuteredhousetrained

RADAR

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

PRECIOUS

Calico - Domestic Medium Hair - Senior - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

NANA

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

RINGO

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

SUGAR BEAR

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

NICKY

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

LIAH

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

STORMY

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

SUGAR

Shepherd - Vizsla - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

MARIAH

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

OLIVER

Domestic Medium Hair - Tabby - Senior - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedDeclawed

PATCHES

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

LELE

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

SPAZ

Chihuahua - Adult - Male
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No Cats

LITTLE MAN

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

EMIL

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

BERKLEY

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

JOEY (aka JO JO)

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

BUSY BEE

American Bulldog - Pit Bull Terrier - Senior - Female
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No Cats

DUNCAN

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

TENNILLE

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

OREO

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

OREO

Retriever - Young - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/Neutered

CARLSON

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