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.

 


 

LITTLE MAN

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

DODGE

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

TENNILLE

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

DUNCAN

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

BRITANNY

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

LELE

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

LADY MACBETH

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

BUBS

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

SPOTZ (CAT FRIENDLY)

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

HAMPTON

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

MAX

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

WESSON

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

RINGO

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

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

ODIN

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

BAM

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

PATCHES

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

MARNIE

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

NOVA TANZI

American Bulldog - Pointer - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shots

FLYNN

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

RUBY

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

TUG

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

HARLEY

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

NANA

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

PATRICK

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

MARIAN

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

LADY G

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

SPAZ

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

LOUIS

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

SUNNY

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

MARCY

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

ARMSTRONG

Pit Bull Terrier - 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

TOMMY BOY

Beagle - Pug - Adult - Male
Adoptable Small housetrained

CASTOR

German Shepherd Dog - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

ENDO

Pit Bull Terrier - Senior - Male
Adoptable Medium 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

PRECIOUS

Calico - Domestic Medium Hair - Senior - 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

HAYWOOD

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

DEBBIE

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

AMAZON

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