What to do when bringing a new puppy into your house with the previous dog still living there?


Im getting a Maltipoo in 2 days! Her name is Cheyanne and she will be 8 weeks old on the 30th of Jan. I am 21 and i live with my parents and my mom already has a yorkipoo named Shadow. He’s 6 years old and he’s the only dog thats lived in the house so far. Now that im getting Cheyanne Friday, Im concerned with how he is going to act, considering he’s never had another dog living with him. He loves to play with dogs when we are not at home. I know animals are very territorial..So me and my boyfriend are planning to take shadow over to his house and introduce him to cheyanne and let them interact for an hour or so. He is going to be very nosy once we get home and will want to be around her. I have everything in my room, her food, bowls, her crate, bed, toys, treats. I bought her an exercise pen with a vinyl bottom so i can keep her in that while im at work…So that way shadow cant get to her while im not there. Is there anyone out there who has been in my situation before who may have some helpful advice?

7 Responses to “What to do when bringing a new puppy into your house with the previous dog still living there?”

  1. jaeniq says:

    For the First tip, insure the Safety of Both Animals and Yourself. To start, make certain that the puppy will be safe. If the new dog is small enough, place the new pup in a pet carrier or some other sturdy structure that prohibits the dog from actually physically contacting the animal but still allows for both animals to see, smell and hear each other. This provides a way for both animals to acclimate to each other in a safe situation. In the case of larger dogs or two adult dogs, leashing both animals may be advisable and having an assistant on hand is recommended.

    Secondly, rewards will work wonders at achieving a peaceful home life for your two pets. After the animals have both calmed a bit give them each a small reward, such as a morsel of some favorite food. Be sure to give the dogs lots of verbal praise and affection for not barking or trying to be aggressive towards each other as this will show the dogs that you are accepting of the other pet’s presence and you expect them to be also. Repeat this process several times until both animals seem fairly accustomed to the presence of the other and their aggressions seem to have subsided.

    The third tip to socializing your animal is Get Help. This step will require an assistant to help with one of the animals. Have the assistant leash the dog and hold him firmly on a very short leash. After instructing the assistant to maintain control of the dog, open the pet carrier and bring the new pet out carefully or if both animals are on leashes, bring them together. Your dogs will likely move towards each other to explore the other animal so be sure the assistant has the dog held tightly and be careful not to let the new pet panic and escape your grasp. Gradually bring them closer together and let them calmly adapt to each others presence. The dogs may show a bit of an aggression towards each other and this is ok at first. They will learn a pecking order quickly and resolve any small dilemmas between themselves.

    The final point to remember is that not everyone is going to get along. There will be days where the dogs are going to feud. Some animals were just never meant to live in harmony but with a lot of patience and a little direction you can make your household fairly peaceable most of the time. When things go sour, just take it in stride and put the animals in their separate areas for a bit and, given a cooling period, they will be friends again in no time.

    Another great idea for socializing your dog to other dogs can be done long before you get a new pup. Take your dog to the park or some place with lots of dogs and let him explore the other animals. Perhaps even be the host of a Pooch Party and invite several playmates for your dog and their human companions to come over for a treat and some time together. This is a great way to teach your dog some manners and also gives you a great way to relax. With these simple tips you can be certain that life around your home will be much more peaceful and your pets will have companions for a lifetime.

  2. Ripp A says:

    Hey, congrats on buying mutts bred by unreputable backyard greeders. BTW, these tiny runts need to stay with their moms and littermates until they are at least 12 weeks old. Run, fast, to your local animal shelter and adopt a homeless dog. Please do not support these horrible backyard breeders by buying a dog from them.

  3. Ritchellei says:

    One of the thorniest issues a pet owner may face is introducing another dog or puppy into the family. A dog who has had the house and family to himself may not welcome another dog in his "den," and may resent having to share his family’s attention. The initial meeting is important, so you’ll need to prepare to improve your chances of success.

    Check these links for more information.

  4. yourpetnme1 says:

    I have written a few articles specifically about this subject. Rather than writing the whole thing here, you can read them on my website.

    Just a couple of points. I would not recommend separating your puppy from his mother this soon. I normally recommend at least 10 – 12 weeks in order for the puppy to be properly weaned.

    Also, you said you were going to have them meet away from home. That is perfect, but give them plenty of time to get to know each other. If they don’t get along, I would suggest separating them and trying again a couple of hours later or maybe the next day. If they just don’t get along, I don’t think that it is advisable to keep her, assuming that they will be living together. If could mean difficulties later on.

    Finally, if everything is good between them. Bring them both into the house together. This way the older dog will feel that he is bringing the young one home.

    Here is the link to the first article: http://www.yourpetnme.com/BeforeYouBuyThatPuppy%20.html

    Good Luck.

  5. dyehardxen says:

    introduce your new pup to your older one slowly and if things take off just fine and they start playing then every things fine. don’t listen to the first person 10-12 weeks old is way to old to be seperated, she would be too used to being around lots of puppies, the right time would be 6-8 weeks

  6. carol. says:

    I have only read the first line of your question because no pup should leave their mother until they are 10 -12 weeks old.
    I am appalled that someone would let a pup go to a new home at 8 weeks old. It’s too young.

  7. Blunt object says:

    "Introduce" your BYB-ED & TOO YOUNG MUTT to your other mongrel the exact same way as w/any other dogs……..

    DEMAND that the resident dog LEAVE IT ALONE!
    DEMAND that pup LEAVE the old dog ALONE!!

    YOUR responsibility to DEMAND order…NOT dumb animals.

    Since you’re already setting up the TOO YOUNG MUTT to NEVER be housebroken,it doesn’t matter if the two never behave,does it?

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