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.

 


 

NINA

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

NAVI

Husky - Labrador Retriever - Young - Male
Adoptable Large housetrained

DIVA

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

SALVADOR

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

GARSON

Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

LIAH

Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

DIEGO

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

ROXY ROMERO

Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

YUKI

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

MAXI

Beagle - Senior - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No KidsSpecial Needs

LITTLE ONE GRACIE

Boxer - Plott Hound - Senior - Female
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No DogsPrefers No Kids

POOKIE

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

BRUNO

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

BERKLEY

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

BENTLEY SR

Terrier - Senior - Male
Adoptable Medium Up-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

JUDAH

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

GQ

Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large housetrained

TERRY

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

BUDDY

Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

LELE

Pit Bull Terrier - Weimaraner - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium Mix 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 Kids

CECE

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

LYDIA

Pit Bull Terrier - Baby - Female
Adoptable Medium

LAYLA ALI

Beagle - Pit Bull Terrier - Young - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/Neutered

BASHA and TASHA

Pomeranian - Spaniel - Senior - Female
Adoptable Small 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

BRUIZER

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

MAX

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

ARMSTRONG

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

PATCHES

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

PATCHES McGEE

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No Cats

GRAHAM

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No Dogs

LOKI

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

RADAR

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

LINZY

Pit Bull Terrier - Baby - Female
Adoptable Medium

NYMERIA

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

TORNADO

Shepherd - Adult - Male
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No CatsPrefers No Kids

EMIL

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

BIG RED

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

NENA

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

RINGO

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

NANA

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

SUGAR

Tabby - Orange - Young - Female
Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

GIZMO

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

DIESEL

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

CHICO

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

LARS

Pit Bull Terrier - Baby - Male
Adoptable Medium

LAINIE

Pit Bull Terrier - Baby - Female
Adoptable Medium

ROXY BELLA

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

BANKS

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

LEXI

Pit Bull Terrier - Baby - Female
Adoptable Medium

BULLY

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

TENNILLE

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

CAPONE

Bull Terrier - Senior - Male
Adoptable Large 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

OREO BISCUIT

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

BOSLEY

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedPrefers No Cats

STUART

Adoptable Medium Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained