How To Introduce A Puppy To A Dominant Dog
1 What is the Best Way to Introduce a Puppy to a Dominant Dog?
1.2 Introducing Your Older Dog to a New Puppy
What is the Best Way to Introduce a Puppy to a Dominant Dog?
When trying to find the right fit for your family, knowing how to introduce a puppy to a dominant dog is important! Adding a new member to your family can be one of the most stressful things about dog ownership. You may be ready to add another dog to your family, but not all dogs enjoy being around other dogs, and this is the most important factor to consider when adding a new family member.
If your dog doesn’t like other dogs while walking, visiting friends’ houses, or going to the dog park, chances are he won’t enjoy having a dog in his territory or sharing his space with your family. Size compatibility is the next factor to consider.
I would not encourage an adult greyhound owner to get a Chihuahua! Other dogs
To a greyhound, a chihuahua may look too much like a bunny or the prey he was bred to hunt and kill.
Most dogs prefer to be around other dogs of their own size, but extreme caution must be exercised to ensure that smaller dogs are not injured by larger dogs.
When it comes to adding a new furry child, sex is also important.
When two intact males reach sexual maturity, they frequently have problems getting along, whereas neutered males can thrive together. Female dogs frequently choose to live with people of the opposite gender. Some of the most heinous dog fights I’ve ever witnessed involved two adult female dogs. Male dogs that are still alive often fight until one of them is seriously injured or until a clear winner emerges, whereas female dogs frequently fight to the death.
Another important factor to consider is your age. I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard, “If you raise them right…”
It’s All About the Size…
It’s a common misconception that a puppy can be taught to love or tolerate anything, but this is simply not the case. Puppies come with no guarantees, and I believe that many of them are born with temperaments and characteristics that are difficult to change. To find the best puppy for you, you’ll need to put in some time and thought.
Puppies can be aggravating to older dogs!
An 11- or 12-year-old dog may not want to be poked and prodded by a pup, so an adult dog may be a better fit for older or slower dogs. I love adult dogs and dog rescue, but it’s just as important to find the right fit in an adult dog.
I find it easier to acclimate an adult dog into my pack because I’ve worked with adult shelter dogs as service dogs so much.
I find it much easier to take an adult dog home because its personality has already been formed and probably because I am a professional.
My main criterion is that the new dog must not cause any problems for my other dogs.
It may take a few days for my dogs to adjust to having a new furry sibling, but I will not allow a new dog to enter my house and bully my animals! Temperament is also important, whether the dog is a puppy or an adult. Puppies’ temperaments change as they grow older, and a puppy’s temperament may change as well. That’s one of the things I like about choosing an adult dog: they’ve already chosen who they want to be in life.
If I have a very dominant female dog at home (which I do), I’d look for a calm, submissive male adult or puppy to bring into the house.
We will almost certainly have dominance issues if I choose a dog with a personality similar to my already established female dog. As long as there is respect and no abuse, opposite personalities often get along best. For example, I would never allow my girl to beat up on the new dog or create an abusive situation.
I’d just like a dog who would tolerate and accept my female dog as the pack leader. After selecting a dog or puppy, there should be a period of acclimation during which the family’s existing dog(s) can continue to feel like home is their territory.For at least a few weeks, I recommend keeping both new adult dogs and puppies on leashes until the pack orientation has been successfully ironed out and everyone is tolerant and accepting of one another.
I would never leave two new dogs alone because if a problem arose, I would want to be present to see it and intervene if necessary. They should feel like their home and yard are still theirs, and they should be able to come and go without being constantly poked and prodded as an established pet. Allowing the new dog or puppy free range can exacerbate acclimation issues because the pet feels he can never get away or have one-on-one time with his family.
When bringing in a new pet, it’s critical to make sure the old one gets all of the time and attention he’s used to; this will help to lessen the shock of being in a new situation.
Make sure you take your first pet out alone and on a regular basis to give them some one-on-one time as they adjust to having a new brother or sister. As a result, the impact and his feelings of change are lessened.
Change is difficult for everyone, including our pets, so it’s important to make their routines and lives as normal as possible when introducing a new animal into their lives. You should be successful with the integration and building of your new family if you follow these steps and really put some thought and effort into getting a new dog! If you’re careful and diligent, the new family member will become an important asset to your family!
Introducing Your Older Dog to a New Puppy
How you introduce a puppy to an older dog depends a lot on the personality of the older dog you already have.
Does he like and tolerate other dogs or pets in general?
If that’s the case, he’s likely to take a dislike to the ‘new kid on the block’ right away (though that could change once he realizes the new kid is here to stay!). Even if you’re confident Fido won’t hate Fido Jr. right away, go slowly with the introductions and have a second person on hand to help things go smoothly.
Most dogs will want to give the newcomer a new sniff and will follow him around like glue.
Expect some excitement, maybe some roughhousing, and maybe some growling (usually from your older dog).
Puppies and older dogs have vastly different social skills and play styles, and it takes time for them to understand and accept each other’s peculiarities.
Fortunately, most dogs can recognize a puppy and make out its inexperience.
Seniors are more forgiving, and their reprimands are usually gentle. Puppies, on the other hand, lack this sixth sense and tend to ‘hound’ the older dog, crossing all social boundaries without looking back! Although older dogs are wise and tolerant, they are not saints. Puppies who step over the line too far or too frequently will be disciplined. A dog that is aggressive
If the first, gentler correction doesn’t work, the dog will be made to growl, nip, or even be physically dominant.
It’s best to let the two of them figure things out for themselves as much as possible in this situation. But, just to be safe, don’t leave them alone together for the first couple of weeks.
Only step in if you’re truly concerned that one of them will be hurt (and it’s not always the puppy who is in danger).
When this happens, correct them both, separate them for a while, and use calm one-on-one play or cuddles to refocus each combatant’s attention.
Is he just a tad obnoxious?
If your older dog is wary of other dogs, you may have your work cut out for you to convince him that the new puppy is a good idea. This isn’t to say it can’t be done; in fact, an old dog may surprise you with his acceptance, tolerance, and love for the newcomer. But don’t expect it to happen right away; you’ll have to put in some effort!
When you have a resident dog who isn’t Mr. Congeniality, it’s often easier to start on neutral ground (to avoid aggressive behavior).
A quiet corner of a local park (but only if the new pup is fully vaccinated so he won’t pick up a disease) or the (dogless) home of a relative or friend are both good options.
You’ll want it to be somewhere your senior dog is already familiar with and at ease in, as well as somewhere relatively quiet.
This will keep the meeting’s emotional tone low-key.
Allow someone else to look after the pup while you stay on your senior trip.
Allow any sniffing and investigation to happen naturally rather than ‘pushing’ them together.
Step back and regroup if the pup becomes too pushy or your dog becomes too defensive.
Encourage your older dog to be gentle by speaking quietly and reassuringly.
Once you’ve made these initial introductions, you can all go home together. Walking both your dog and the puppy in at the same time is a good idea, especially if your resident dog is leading the way. This helps to maintain the pack’s structure while preventing your golden oldie from becoming territorial. Obeisance at its most basic.
Then, while you supervise them at all times, let them interact as naturally as possible. If things get tense and one of them becomes upset or snippy with the other, gently but firmly reprimand them and give them both some alone time. Because your older dog isn’t a natural social butterfly, make sure he gets plenty of alone time away from the newcomer or he’ll become overwhelmed and anxious.
Do not leave puppies alone with older dogs for several weeks; you must be absolutely certain that they are friends before taking that risk.
After the introductions,
The first few days, or even a week, are usually the most difficult. Most puppies and older dogs will have accepted the presence of the other dog by the end of that time and will be on their way to developing a relationship. Some dogs will take weeks to adjust, while others will enjoy each other’s company from the start.
There’s no way to predict how things will turn out because so much depends on their individual personalities. However, in addition to the suggestions above, there are some additional things you can do to assist the two of them in getting along.
Tips for ‘Management’
1) Prevent Squabbles: Make sure there are plenty of “resources,” such as toys, to avoid squabbles. Don’t just give Fido Jr. the gleaming new toys; make sure your senior dog has his own new set. Also, don’t let the puppy “steal” any!
2) Give Each Dog Individual Attention: Make sure each dog receives individual attention from you and other family members.If your senior dog has a strong bond with you or another family member, encourage the rest of the family to spend more time with the puppy so Fido doesn’t lose his best friend. This can help prevent jealousy, especially in older dogs.
3) Find Puppy Energy Outlets: The old adage “A tired puppy is a good puppy” holds a lot of truth, so make sure Fido Jr. gets plenty of exercise. It will put a strain on your elderly dog’s nerves. However, don’t play a frantic game of “fetch” in the backyard that your elderly dog can’t participate in and is forced to watch from inside. Find ways to exercise Jr. without upsetting Snr. by being creative and empathetic.
4) Keep an eye out for changes as the puppy gets older: While older dogs will tolerate puppies even when they misbehave, their “get out of jail free” card will eventually run out. This usually occurs when the pup reaches the age of adolescence (imagine the conflict between a teenager and his or her parent or guardian). Be ready to correct any misbehavior or overreactions (whether by the pup or the senior) and to serve as a referee for a while.
5) Consider Your Senior Dog’s Health: Every dog is different, and some seniors are fit and healthy, while others are frail and fawn. (OK, I’m not going there!). However, not every senior dog is healthy enough to play with a new puppy.
When Should I Be Concerned and What Is Normal?
If the doggie situation in your home hasn’t changed much in a while, you may be wondering what to expect when puppies and older dogs mix.
Perhaps your senior dog is your first dog, and you’ve never attempted to “blend” a canine family.
In either case, you’ll likely have times when you wonder, “Is this dog’s behavior normal?”
So, here are some of the things you’re likely to notice, along with a rough guide to whether they’re normal or require medical attention.
Your older dog chases, bites, or otherwise injures your puppy.
This is NOT normal, with one caveat: older dogs may sniff the pup a lot and follow him around for the first day or so. But this will be a casual following, based on curiosity or caution. He wants to know what this strange little dog is up to, and how he smells! An adult dog stalking the pup on stiff legs, ears back, and possibly growling or stomping on the pup isn’t being curious or cautious.
He is dissatisfied. You must keep a close eye on your dog’s behavior and never leave the two of them alone, even for a minute. Your older dog should be separated from the puppy if he rushes at him, bites him, shakes him, or otherwise treats him harshly (and not in a playful way).
When this happens, interaction should be less hands-on; like putting the pup in a playpen or using a baby-gate to keep him out of harm’s way in the laundry room or mud room. However, the older dog should be able to see and sniff him through the mesh or bars.
… This way, they can get to know each other from a safe distance at first. If you reintroduce them face to-face after a few days and your older dog still acts as if he despises the pup, you may need to reconsider the situation.