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.

 


 

JOPLIN

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

GQ

Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large housetrained

PATCHES McGEE

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

ZINNIA

Pit Bull Terrier - Baby - 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

MS PIGGY

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

TENNILLE

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

ROSIE

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

PATCHES

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

ROSIE

Dachshund - Adult - Female
Adoptable Small housetrained

YARROW

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

OREO BISCUIT

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

LELE

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

CHICO

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

NYMERIA

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

LIAH

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

KERMIT

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

KITA

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

ROLPH

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

RINGO

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

TUG

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

FOZZY

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

STUART

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

BOSLEY

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

SIRI

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

NANA

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

REBA

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

RIZZO

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

RADAR

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

CLOVER

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

BELLA

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

HOOCH

Great Dane - Young - Male
Adoptable Extra Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

BANKS

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

ASPEN

Boxer - Pit Bull Terrier - Baby - Female
Adoptable Medium

ASTER

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

CECE

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

LITTLE ONE GRACIE

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

GRAHAM

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

MARIGOLD

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

TORTELINI

Domestic Medium Hair-orange - Baby - Female
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

SUNNY

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

REN

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

EMIL

Domestic Short Hair-black - 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

C-NOTE

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Male
Adoptable Large housetrained

RUDY

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

BULLY

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

BRUIZER

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

DIEGO

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

ARMSTRONG

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

CHEYENNE

Pit Bull Terrier - Adult - Female
Adoptable Medium housetrained

TERRY

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

SUGAR

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

DIESEL

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

NINA

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

ROCKY

Hound - Labrador Retriever - Young - Male
Adoptable Large Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrained

MARION

Chihuahua - Papillon - Baby - Female
Adoptable Small Spayed/NeuteredUp-to-date with routine shotshousetrainedSpecial Needs