How do you introduce a puppy to a new sibling?
on Dec 6th 2013
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If the new sibling is another puppy, it shouldn't be a problem. With any dogs, let them sniff each other out for a couple of days before beginning short, supervised visits that will become longer. Make sure they are okay through the night several times before you leave them at home alone together. If there is fighting, a glass of water poured over their heads is quite effective in separating them. Good luck and be patient! Don't give the existing pup any less attention, or you may see "accidents" as a result. ^_^
Tasha (in memory) answered on 12/7/13. Helpful? / 0
Tasha answered it very well.
If they're both young, adjusting should be fairly easy. Start slowly; in a calm, familiar environment, introduce the newbie. Be sure to wait several days/weeks before leaving them unsupervised together.
Some dogs bond super well (Shasta and Otto were bestest friends), others always have tension with each other (Shasta and Loki nearly killed each other once), and sometimes there's simply no way around it. Shasta and Loki are fine together now, but they won't ever cuddle or act very calm around each other - and that's fine. Some dogs just don't like each other (just like people. Not everyone will get along with someone, right?)
I'm sure if both the pups realize you're pack leader, and they don't have to try dominating each other, everything will adjust fine. :)
Shasta answered on 12/23/13. Helpful? / 0