Many dog owners like their dogs to have a playmate of the same species. Dogs require a large amount of attention and getting a second dog can help. It is also rewarding for you to provide a loving home to another animal. Dogs are great to have in life, so why not have multiple?! Introducing a second dog into your home, however, can be tricky. There are precautions to take to ensure everyone in the home is comfortable.
Be sure the first dog in the home is properly socialized (check out our post about the importance of socialization). Before introducing a second dog into his space, be sure he’s comfortable around other dogs. Take him to the dog park or set up a play date with a friend’s dog. If he dog reacts positively to other dogs outdoors, try bringing the other dog into his home (with proper supervision). Before bringing a second dog into your home it is important to see how your dog responds to another dog in his environment, especially around his usual places and around food. If the dog responds negatively to other dogs, it may be best to wait on bringing another pup into your home until he can be properly trained and socialized. Also, be sure to inquire if the dog you plan to adopt has issues with dog aggression. If the dog has experienced aggression, consider getting a different dog, or contact us about getting him into our board and train program before introducing him into your home (we offer discounts for recently rescued pups).
Make sure your dog has proper training before bringing a second dog into the home. If something goes wrong and the dogs become aggressive, having full control and ensuring at least one dog will listen to you is important. It is also less stressful to train one dog at a time instead of two. Having a properly trained dog ensures safety and reduces stress.
To ensure safety you should also introduce the dogs before bringing the second one into the home. It is best to introduce them off-leash and where they have some room to run and play. A fenced-in yard or the dog park would be best for this situation. After introducing the dogs and ensuring everyone is comfortable and safe, you then should bring them both into the home. This is where training and socialization is the most important. If the dog feels territorial or jealous, that is when bad situations may occur. Fights may happen, but positive relationships can be built through training.
Bringing a second dog into your home can be beneficial and rewarding. However, there are precautions you should take and research you should do before introducing another dog.
If you are introducing another dog, want to socialize your dog(s), or have experienced fights between dogs in your home, contact us today so we may figure out the best training option for you!