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Introducing a New Dog to Your Home

Jan 7, 2008
It is one of the most exciting times in a pet owner's life, the time when they bring a new dog into their home. As exciting and happy of a time as this can be it can also bring some stressful situations both for you and for the new dog. There are several things that could cause problems right from the start when you bring a new dog into your home. The stress of bringing a puppy out of its environment and placing it into someplace new can be quite large. That is why you must treat this situation very carefully so that you and your new dog can get your relationship off to a good start. What are some of the things that you should keep in mind when bringing a new dog into the house?

The first thing that you should consider is the kind of environment that you are introducing to the new dog. For example, if you have another dog that has been at your house for quite some time, then you need to consider the possibility that your old dog may have a problem adjusting to the presence of the new dog. If it becomes difficult to have the new dog around your old dog then you might need to take the time to socialize them slowly. Forcing a new dog on an old dog that is used to being the only one in the house can cause problems that will last the entire time that they live together. That is why it is so important to treat the situation properly from the start.

Some of the main problems will occur if you are bringing a new male dog in with an existing male dog. The same will be true, and it might even be worse, if you are bringing a female in with a female. Spaying or neutering your dog or dogs will help curb some of this aggressive behavior. The problem is generally not as pronounced if you have both a male and a female dog but obviously that could cause some problems of its own. Make sure that you don't end up with an unwanted litter of pups by having one or both of the dogs fixed.

Generally speaking a new, younger dog will recognize the authority of the existing dog. There are times, however, that this may not be the case. For example, if you bring an aggressive breed dog into a house with a dog that is very submissive the new dog may try to establish his superiority immediately. Just use common sense and try to choose wisely so that these problems don't occur.

Bringing a new dog into the house can be a joyous event. Unfortunately, for the dog it is often a stressful time as they learn to live in their new environment and establish themselves in the pack. Make sure that you do everything possible to make it as comfortable for your new pet as you can. By doing this both you and your new dog will adjust happily to your new relationship.
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