Dogs are, by nature, pack animals, and they crave the companionship of others, whether that’s you and your family, or other dogs and animals in your household. Solo dogs can often get lonely, especially if you are out of the house all day at work or school. This can lead to a number of issues ranging from a barking nuisance when they are left alone, to destructive behaviour caused by sheer boredom.
Getting a second dog can make all the difference to your family pack. Two dogs are not much harder to look after than one, and if they become friends and play together, it can actually be easier as your dog will become less demanding. However, it is important to introduce your new dog in the right way if you are to avoid territorial fights and help them forge a long-term friendship
Choosing the right second dog
You need to choose your second dog carefully, matching their temperament and energy levels to your current dog. A lazy old couch-hound will not thank you for bringing a high energy young dog into their home, and a smaller dog may not enjoy the rough and tumble of a large animal.
Choosing fully trained dogs for sale from A&T Trained Dogs will give you the reassurance that your new dog will have a balanced temperament, and that they should be able to get on well with most others. Fully trained dogs will also be easier to integrate, as you will already have as much control over them as you do over your existing dog, if not more.
The first meeting
The initial meeting should be arranged at A&T Trained Dog’s purpose-built dog training facilities near Lancaster. This provides a neutral ground and avoids your existing dog feeling like their territory is being invaded. Our staff will be on hand to help, making sure that the first meeting goes well as they sniff each other out.
Bringing them home
Before you bring home your new dog, you should gather all the toys, blankets and other items belonging to your existing dog and put them in one place. This will avoid conflict over their favourite squeaky bone or food bowl. Create another area for the new dog to keep their things. Eventually, they may share, but for now it’s best to keep things simple.
If possible, you should put up baby gates or similar barriers to create separate areas in your home, so that you can go out and leave the two of them alone, without worrying about confrontations. You should also feed them in separate areas to begin with to avoid competition for food.
Taking it slowly
When your new dog arrives, you should consider taking the two of them out for a walk together before you go inside. Get a friend or family member to come with you so they can be kept separate while you walk. When you get back, let your existing dog off the lead while you lead walk the new dog around your home.
For the first few days, you should carefully monitor their interactions, calmly separating them if you see any signs of stress, such as snarling, baring of teeth or aggressive behaviour. They will take their cue from you, so it is important that you don’t get stressed or anxious, or this will pass on to them and make things worse. Distracting them with tasty treats is much more effective than raising the stakes by shouting.
Fully trained dogs for sale
Fully trained dogs are really easy to integrate into a new home, because they have been taught how to behave and what is expected of them. You’ll find that they quickly adapt to their new surroundings and provide companionship and company for your existing dog. You may even find it easier to train your current dog when they see their playmate responding so well to commands.
Taking your time, planning carefully and paying attention in the first few days will make all the difference when it comes to integrating a new dog into your home. Before you know it, you will have two best friends for life and a more peaceful and balanced home for everyone.