How do you add a dog to your pack
The new year is starting out terrifically on the Dog Blog. I’ve received two suggestions for topics, and they’ve both been great ones. Here’s today’s, courtesy of Chris_Goff:
How do you add a dog to your pack?
“Finn truly adores my husband. That relationship is a beautiful thing and I don’t want Finn to ‘lose’ here. I have never owned more than one dog at a time. I would like to preserve Finn’s quality of life while adding a puppy. I would love to hear your experience and also that of the other bloggers, there is a lot of expertise on this dog blog.”
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Finn: He may be getting a little sister
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I am not sure how to go about this, but I was on your dog blog and I love the articles. I recently started a website where people post dog pictures with funny captions. Check it out and let me know what you think. I was wondering if I could make a challenge with you. If you can browse through the photos on our front page with laughing or letting out a gasping “Awww.”, I will promise to read your blog every day just for giving it a chance. However, if you do look and it does make you laugh or say “Aww.”, then you have to post an article about our site on your blog because I think your readers might appreciate it as well.
Haha, I am just trying to create a fun little challenge you don’t have to respond if you don’t want to.
Sorry it took me awhile to weigh in on this subject but wanted it worded right for everyone.
One of the things I do with my clients who are looking for a new dog is assess their current dog, living style, what they like to do etc after all if you are a couch potato you don’t want a high energy dog. Like wise if you like to go out and do a lot of jogging, skijoring etc you probably don’t want a small dog.
Most of the time you want to get a dog of the opposite sex then the one you have. Usually they will have dominance issues, and fight. If you have a dominant dog in the house you want to find one that is not dominant to help prevent fights. If you get a puppy from a good breeder they can help you by telling you how the puppy pack is, and which one is more dominant vs. the submissive ones. Just because the puppy was the first born does not mean it is dominant, nor does being the runt of the litter mean it is the most submissive one.
After doing all your research and you find the perfect puppy you need to prepare for it to come home. This means getting down on all fours (at puppy level) and seeing what the puppy can get into. Then remove those items, especially electrical cords, plants, and any thing that is breakable or valuable. Decide where the puppy will eat vs. where the resident dog will eat. Where will the puppy’s crate going to go. Where will the puppy go potty? Are you going to use puppy pads? Litter box (for small dogs)? Or are you going to just train it to go outside? What type of food is the puppy going to eat? Have appropriate toys for puppy (lots of chew toys), and don’t forget to get special toys for the resident dog so it does not feel left out. Have several changes of bedding for the crate, paper towels and other cleaning material to take care of any accidents that might occur (including something like vinegar to get rid of urine odor).
When you bring the puppy/dog home for the first time have the dogs meet in a neutral area, (like the park), Have 2 people for this one with the resident dog and one for the new one. Let them get within about 2 feet of each other (they can smell from that distance) if that goes well you can let them get closer. If that works great now is the time to go for a walk and become a pack. If it is an older dog 6 months or older go for at least a 1hr walk. If it is a puppy under 6 months a 15 minute walk should be ok. Then go home and put new dog away in its crate to get used to the sights/sounds of it’s new home. It should be in the crate for at least an hour then out side to potty/play. After it is done pottying you can let the resident dog and new dog play with supervision. If the puppy gets to rude with the resident dog puppy should be put away.
Some growling from the resident dog is ok if the new one is being real rude (jumping up on it, not leaving it alone etc) but you have to control the situation, you have to let the resident dog know you will be the one to discipline the new one. Don’t leave the new puppy and resident dog alone together till you are sure they will get along with out any fighting.
As everyone has mentioned a lot depends on the existing dog but I think that even if michael kors handbags your existing dog is great with other dogs the transition should be monitored and you should have a plan to help things go smoothly.
It really helps if you have some basic obedience training and good structure in the existing dogs life. Making sure the existing dog knows you are the one in charge (though training and your basic interaction) is important or he/she may feel the need to take control of situation.
Having them meet outside of the home is a great idea. Short periods of supervised time in the home with breaks in between works well. A puppy can be very annoying to and older dog that isn’t used to it so making sure the puppy has ‘time out’ periods where it can learn to just chill and not bug the older dog is important. Crates are a wonderful tool don’t give up on them if they fuss.
One thing to be aware of if you have an adult dog that you think is the ‘top dog’ be careful to watch the relationship as the new dog matures and blends into the family. Many times we humans push the ‘top dog’ spot on our existing dog or older dog just because they were their first and we think it is only right that they keep that status. Sometimes we cause problems by forcing the issue when in the natural process the older dog would really rather not be in the top spot or would be happy to relinquish that to the younger dog.
Another thing to remember is that a true ‘alpha’ doesn’t have to prove it all of the time. They aren’t the ones starting fights and pushing everyone around. When you have a ‘wanna be’ trying to prove something is when you generally have problems. Or if your existing dog doesn’t think that you are in charge of the house someone has to be so they often will take on the job.
I have a 9yr old dog that ‘rules’ the house (under my supervision) without having to proove it to anyone. He’s can affect the behavior of other dogs in the house from across the room. He will play with them and tolerates the puppy with a lot of things but the unspoken control he has is interesting to watch. With him I introduce new dogs and especially puppies very slowly but he has never gotten into a scuffle with any of them.
Another quick note about multiple dogs even if you add another dog(s) to your home be sure to find some individual time with each dog even if it is only 10 minutes a day. It’s important for you to build the relationship with your dogs and it is SO easy to let them be dogs with each other and wear each other out. But the time may come when they don’t care whether you are in the room or not because they have much more in common with their four legged friend. Even 10 minutes a day to spend alone, bonding with them individually makes a huge difference.
Fantastic help, thank you very much. It will be interesting to see how Finn handles the puppy, particularly once the puppy has attained its adult size. I have a feeling Finn will be the true alpha but as per your insightful info, time will tell on that. Our plan for his time with Bob was to have one of their walks (Finn gets two walks per day of 60 minutes’ duration) continue on as their own personal time together. I plan to walk the puppy myself and then walk the two of them together in the evening.
just this past spring. Pepper (spayed) has been our dog for almost 9 years, and we’d had different adult rescues for months at a time but none in quite awhile. We knew we wanted another female because this time we had in mind the option of showing/breeding but we wanted another australian shepherd because we’re hooked on the breed.
After talking to a particular breeder for a year, we adopted our lovely wonderful Scarlett. She’s coming up on 1 year old and it’s worked out well. Pepper is a dominant female but very tolerant of pups. She was not nearly as tolerant of adults we’d attempted to add to the pack, but always gentle and loving with the pups we’d fostered. Pepper gets to sit in the front seat when we go on errands, Pepper gets to have the bone first, get fed first, walk out the door first.
Pepper is trustworthy outside of her crate 100% of the time, so she gets privilages that Scarlett is still earning. That has also helped in reminding Scarlett who the top dog is. I have heard that having a female and male is easier, because dominance issues are a lot less.
I plan to put into effect the “Finn goes first” technique with all those items you outlined, that is a great idea and hopefully will keep Finn mollified that he is still Numer Uno.
I really wish we had perserved in crate training Finn note to all potential dog owners, crate train/crate train/crate train. We caved on that and let him sleep on our bed when he started to complain about the crate. When he had his patella operated on this summer the recovery period was absolute hell because he would not accept being crated and would have hurt his leg had we not let him out.