Bringing home a new dog is a change for everyone, including any dogs already living at your home. These family dogs recognize your home as their territory and even when they are friendly towards other dogs, an unknown dog living permanently in their territory can be a challenge.
Introducing the new dog to your existing dogs should be done slowly. To avoid problems later on, the interactions need to be positive and calm so that both dogs get to know each other. In all, the process can take several weeks, but most dogs are destined to be companions when the introduction is done right.
The timing for the process of bringing a new dog into a household with dogs already will depend on both dogs. You’ll want to stay aware of their behavior, and go only as fast as you believe is safe. Starting with these methods will put you on the right path:
Your reaction to your dogs is important too. When your dogs see you staying patient, calm, and positive, they are more likely to share those emotions. This can be a long process, but giving each dog the time he needs will lead to a more lasting relationship for them and less stress for you in the long run.