Transitioning Your Puppy
Brining a new puppy home can be nerve-wracking, especially if there is another dog/ puppy already present. The period of transitioning a new puppy into your home takes time and effort, but we have some tips to help you out.
The most important thing is to have patience! Your puppies may not get along at first, and they will need to establish boundaries between themselves. Dogs have their own ways of doing things, after all.
All interactions between your new puppy and existing furry family member should be supervised. We recommend keeping them in separate rooms and allowing them to smell the other through the door or through a baby gate. You can also bring blankets, toys or towels that smell like the puppy to your older dog and allow them to smell it.
You can gradually increase the amount of time they spend together, but be mindful of signs that either pup is beginning to be stressed out. If this happens, or if one is becoming aggressive, separate them and try again later.
Positive reinforcement is key, make sure you don't harshly punish either dog as they may begin to associate the presence of the other as a negative thing instead of positive.
The amount of time it takes to safely integrate a new puppy into your household is strictly dependent on the personalities of all parties involved. It may happen instantly, or it may take a few weeks.
Before bringing a new puppy home, it may be a good idea to test the temperament of your dog by allowing friends to bring their dog to your home. Make sure to keep all parties leashed and have plans in case either pup proves to be possessive, and use your best judgement in all matters.
If things do not seem to be improving, please consult with a professional dog trainer as our advice is based on personal experience.