Have you thought about introducing another dog into the family? Dogs bring so much joy into our lives and having just one isn’t enough for some! Dogs are very social and love having another companion in the home but it can also be a very daunting task to find the right dog to join your best friend who is used to being the only dog in the family. 

A lot of the staff at Birmingham Dogs Home have several dogs in their home which gives them great skills in introducing new dogs into families and knowing what dogs will fit in well and what to look out for. 

The best knowledge that you already have is knowing your own dog, you know their personality, their likes and dislikes, their favourite toys, treats and best of all you know what their friends are like down the park! The first step is knowing your own dog and getting to know how they play, what their friends are like and finding out If they would like a playful or a laid-back friend.  If you are unsure of what would work best for your dog, then our team would be happy to help. There are so many behaviours and body languages to look out for but our team will give you some tips on how to make it successful and as stress free as possible. Here are just a few to remember - 

  • Take your dog on a long walk before you do a dog meet, this will help them be in a calmer state when meeting a new dog

  • Take advantage of being able to do introductions with your dog and your potential new dog at the rescue centre, our staff can help you ensure that the pairing is a suitable match and that you can pop down as much as you like between the initial meet and taking your dog home, this helps the dogs get used to each other and build up a relationship before they get in to their new home

  • Bring in a blanket or toy that smells of your home and dogs to get them used to the smell and you could have a blanket from the kennel that the dog you like is staying in so your dog can get used to a new scent in the home 

  • Make sure when you take your new dog home you don’t go straight into the house, take the dogs for a walk and get them tired so that there isn’t too much excitement when you do go in the house

  • When at home put away all treats and toys that may be lying around and possibly keep them away until there is a relationship established as these are items that may become a reason for a fight to take place even if neither dogs are normally possessive over these items

  • Allow the dogs to sniff and explore the house and look around getting used to the new surroundings 

  • Keep an eye on their body language and don’t leave them alone until their relationship is established

  • Give both dogs equal amounts of fuss, it can be exciting having a new dog but remember it is very easy for your dog to become jealous or feel threatened by a new dog in the home

  • Don’t expect too much too soon there may be a few growls, but this doesn’t mean it isn’t going to work

  • Allow normal play behaviour and look for signs that either dog is getting stressed or had enough, you may need to take control of the situation and split the dogs if you feel the need to do so

  • Don’t feed them too close together, allow space and boundaries. Either dog can become food aggressive even if they have not shown this behaviour before. Always stay with them at feeding time and take food bowls up until they have built a strong relationship.

Dogs love company and it is beautiful to see their relationships build, if you are thinking of growing your family and not sure where to start then give our team a call and they will be able to help you. The first step if knowing you are ready and knowing what dogs would be a good match for your best friend. 

Birmingham Centre – 0121 643 5211

Wolverhampton Centre – 01902 790 618

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Posted: September 11, 2020