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How To Introduce A New Rescue Dog Or Puppy Into Your Home With Your Current Dog?

Dogs are social creatures that usually take pleasure in being around others, but some dogs have more extroverted personalities, while others tend to be more introverted. No matter what type of personality your dog has, it is always important to properly introduce them to another dog to avoid any possible conflict or aggression.

It is best to introduce the dogs in neutral territory, such as in a park or on a walk away from home. This way, neither dog feels like its territory is being invaded. Allow the dogs to approach each other and sniff each other out if either dog becomes agitated or starts to growl, back off and give them some space. Once they have had a chance to smell each other, you can let them walk side by side on the leash. You can eventually allow them to play together off the leash if everything goes well.

Suppose an older dog is used to having the house all to himself and is a bit defensive of his resources and territory. Removing him from that situation is probably a good idea, so he doesn't perceive your puppy or new as such a danger.

According to Dog Trainer Jill Gasparac, "when bringing a newly adopted dog home, you should have them meet before adopting to ensure they are compatible. The day the new dog comes home, you should have them meet on a leash a few blocks from home and walk them together, letting them get used to each other. Hiring a trainer to help with the introduction and how to set the home up for success when you add an additional dog to your home is always a good idea."

Signs and Body Language to Look Out For To Make Sure The Introduction Is Going Well

The dog's meeting should have soft, relaxed body language. This means that their tails should be wagging, and they should not have their hackles raised. They should not be staring intently at each other or trying to mount each other. They should be taking breaks from sniffing each other to look around and take in the sights and sounds of their surroundings.

If the dogs show any hostile or aggressive signs, it may be best to end the introduction and try another day again. Never force it. Some dogs take longer to warm up, just like some people do. It would be a good idea not to leave the dogs alone for a while until you know 100 percent sure it is safe to do so.

Keeping Dogs on Leash

Keeping the dogs on a leash while in the house will help prevent any aggressive behavior from either dog. Allow the new dog to sniff around the house and get comfortable in the new surroundings.

It is important to supervise all dogs' interactions and intervene if either dog becomes aggressive. With time and patience, the dogs should become used to each other and be able to coexist peacefully.


To ensure a smooth and comfortable canine introduction, take things slowly. Even if you have a friend coming over with their visiting dog, it's essential to take some time to introduce them properly outside of the home. While your dog may get along great with others outside the house, they could still react differently when another dog comes over as a visitor. To be on the safe side, it's always best to put safety first.

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