One of the most important factors to remember when introducing two dogs is to have them meet on neutral ground. Dogs tend to get territorial of. What is the best way to ensure a safe and successful doggy meet-and-greet? Follow these simple steps and your pooch will make canine friends left and right. Perform a scent handshake before the dogs meet. To give two dogs an introduction to each other before they meet in person, you can do what is called a scent.
Then, let your dog meet the new dog by sniffing their rear. Go back to walking a few feet behind the new dog. You may have to repeat this a few times until the dogs relax a bit.
Again, this may have to be repeated a few times until the dogs appear comfortable around each other. Once the pups seem settled, you can reposition the walk so the dogs are side by side. Walk side-by-side for a while until the dogs seem comfortable. Bring them to a fenced area and keep them leashed at first.
If either pup appears uncomfortable or confrontational, back away and repeat the previous step. If the dogs seem content, you can let the leashes go! Try to resist the urge to micromanage as dogs can tense up around too much human involvement.
The only time you should interfere is either dog is getting too excited or it is clear a dog fight is about to happen. Be on the lookout for physical cues.
Dogs do correct each other, but only when one is being inappropriate. If the receiving dog does not pay attention to their corrections, it could escalate into an altercation.
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Separate crates or cars are preferred to avoid any unwanted tension. Once home, make sure all your pups toys, treats, and food bowls are put away to avoid territorial issues. Separating them while they eat can also keep conflict at bay.
If they are focused exclusively on each other, there is no way for this energy to dissipate unless you're lucky and they just start playing together, which is the way that two HEALTHY dogs handle the intensity.
Instead of them being both "about" each other, they will be "about" the walk they are taking - which is like them being on the hunt together. Yup, you are stimulating their hunting nature, which, as you may recall from this earlier article about being calm, assertive, and mooselikeis when dogs are the MOST social.
Slowly let them sniff each other as they are walking. Hey, that's what dogs do!
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Remember that utilization of the olfactory sense is an indicator that your dog is transitioning into hunting mode, so it's a good sign. The dog being sniffed will be reacting as well, so both owners need to be vigilant about what's going on.
After the trailing dog sniffs the forward dog it's generally a good idea to trade positions, so that the dog who just got sniffed has a chance to do the sniffing. Keep taking turns with each dog having repeated opportunities to be in the lead over the course of the walk. Think of it as a non-verbal way of communicating. Once the two dogs are eliminating in each other's presence, that's a very good sign that the dogs are getting used to each other. Watch for signs of play between the two dogs.
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For one, if they're still on leashes that you're holding then you are running the risk of them getting tangled and the excitement of the moment turning into a fight. If they're free to run, you're still running that risk - so keep walking, give them a chance to chill out a little bit, and be happy that they're showing you signs that they'll be able to get along. If you know how to "push" with your dog, take breaks to do that - or play tug of war.
This is a step I'll address more when we talk about more "heavy-duty" aggression.
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Remember that pushing with your dog is a great way to help reduce the amount of stress that they're feelingand also to give them a positive outlet for their energy. Make sure that you move the dogs away from each other to do this - you don't want there to be any food-induced aggression between them. Playing tug-of-war with your dog is another way to give them an outlet in a high-energy moment, just make sure that you let your dog win.
You'll need a treat so that you can trade the treat for the tug toy when you're done playing and ready to get back to the walk. Also take breaks and give the dogs long, slow, massaging strokes down the length of their body. Read this article on how to relax your dog for more information on this and other ways to relax your dog.