|03-11-2014 03:18 PM|
Take them out to a neutral place and let them get to know each other first!
|03-11-2014 02:36 PM|
|03-11-2014 02:34 PM|
We definitely have the resources to add another. I had just planned on waiting until my current dog was a little older. But if I can get everything to go smoothly, then that's not a huge deal to me.
|03-11-2014 02:17 PM|
|03-11-2014 02:13 PM|
|LaRen616||Introduce them on neutral territory, take them for a nice long walk, put away all toys so they don't fight over them, feed the dogs separately, do not leave them alone unsupervised.|
|03-11-2014 01:51 PM|
Oh my...lol. I'm sure you thought hard about adding a second dog...?
For me, it was more than double the work and although I love my baby girl sometimes I honestly wish I hadn't gotten a second doggie...
When we brought Zeeva home, we kept them separated for a long time (probably a good 3-4 months as Zeeva was a puppy and Smokey was a crazy adolescent). I crated Zeeva and Smokey was usually outside. I had to introduce Zeeva to Smokey with a muzzle on Smokey just in case they didn't get along...luckily it went ok and this was by the time Zeeva was old enough to hold her own ground...
Keep us posted about the 'trial run'! Pictures too please! C:
|03-11-2014 01:42 PM|
Tips for adding a second dog?
I posted about this a bit before, but my husband and I have decided to go ahead and do a 'trial run' with a 5 year-old spayed GSD. We currently have a 1 year old unneutered male GSD mix. He is very bubbly, lovable, excitable, and loves other dogs. The GSD needs to be rehomed because she is getting into fights with a female Aussie who just had a litter (hormones and fur are a flyin'!) The owner assures us that the GSD is great with other dogs. We are hoping that they will be a good match for each other.
Any tips for introductions? I've read to introduce them in a 'neutral' place, so I was thinking of introducing them in a neighborhood a few blocks away on a 'walk' and maybe walking them both back home (with the assistance of my husband.) But then what? If it goes well, bring them back home and keep them separated with baby gates? Crate them both? Help! If it doesn't go well, should we just return her immediately? Of course, we will never leave them unsupervised.
You can probably tell I've never owned 2 dogs at the same time before.