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How to integrate a dog successfully to a new family?

Blitz Pocco Emma Miller

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself."Josh Billings

If you decide to adopt a dog, although you already have a dog back home you also have to think about the integration of the new pet. Adoption is a great thing and it should be done the least amount of stress for all family members. Dogs are very territorial of their home and their family, so keep that in your mind. Dogs are also pack animals and humans are primates. These two groups interact differently. Here are some advices:

Dos:
  • First of all, write down some house rules and everyone needs to agree to them. For example: Who feeds the dog, where, when? Who will exercise the dog?
  • If you pick up the new dog you should wear clothes that smell like your pets, so that the new dog can already smell the other pet.
  • Put the new dog in a crate and leave the crate in the middle of a room in plain view. The crate should be an open air crate with wires so the other dogs can see and smell the new puppy.
  • Pretend that you have no idea the new dog is even there. Your new dogs will discover the new pet and will probably become excited.
  • If your other pets are not aggressive about the new dog and they have a good behavior, you can treat them.
  • As soon as you are satisfied with the new situation you can let the new dog out of the crate.
  • Show the existing pets that the new dog is now part of the pack.
  • Give your new dog rules, so that he can feel safe and show him where he can find food and where he can sleep.
  • Go for a walk with both of them and when you come to an open field you can leave them, they get the chance to play and to interact.
  • Show the new dogs the surroundings and his new home and environment.
  • Always try to stay calm and be silent.
Don'ts:
  • Do not bring the other dog when picking up the new dog. You will have more time for the new dog.
  • Do not favor the new dog. Every dog should get the same amount of attention.
  • If the new dog and the existing dog don't want to interact, don't force them and if they become aggressive, separate them.

Keep in mind. There are some dogs, whatever you do; they will be never reliably accepting another dog. And if you follow these rules you won't have any problems with the integration of the new dog into your family.

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For more information, contact FORA:

Adress: 1 A Windsor Road
Luipaardsvlei, Krugersdorp
Gauteng
Phone: 0823365568
Internet: www.fora.org.za
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