Training Tips for Adding a Second Dog to the Family, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic training and additional tips for introducing a second dog into your home. This can be a stressful process for both the new dog and your existing one already present, but the proper attention and dog training themes will allow for a smooth transition.

At Innovative K9 Academy, we’re here to help with numerous dog training areas, from puppy training to a variety of obedience and boot camp programs available for any training need or desire you have for your pets. In today’s part two, we’ll go over some additional integration themes when it comes to bringing a second dog into the home, including how to address growling issues, promote positive interactions and preside over a simple introduction.

Monitoring Stages

We finished off part one by discussing some basic introduction themes when you bring the new dog in for the first time. The next step in this process is simply observing and monitoring the animals in their space – how they get used to each other, whether the original animal is protective of certain areas and more.

One major area you’re looking at here: Will the dogs need to be separated for periods of the day to help them integrate peacefully? If so, baby gates and exercise pens are excellent resources to utilize within the home.

Growling Themes

During your monitoring phase, keep in mind that some growling is to be expected. This most commonly comes from the new dog to the old dog, contrary to what you might think, though it could come from either source.

You’re looking for when any growling takes place, a vital factor. Many dogs are okay with others in most scenarios or locations, but may get defensive or protective in certain spots or with certain possessions. If you can identify situations where one dog is growling at the other, you can establish the pattern and work to redirect the energy.

Positive Interactions

Whenever possible within this process, encourage positive interactions and themes between the dogs. Take lots of fun walks together, plus train them on new tricks or activities together. Always remember to praise and reward both dogs equally when they interact positively to ensure there’s no jealousy that arises.

Address Issues

Finally, if you’ve been in the monitoring phase for a significant period of time and are still experiencing issues in certain spots, it might be time to call our team of dog training professionals. We’ve assisted numerous owners in this exact position, plus numerous others looking to train or otherwise improve dog behavior. We’re also happy to provide you with additional resources related to multi-dog households.

For more on adding a second dog, or to learn about any of our dog trainers, group classes or other programs, speak to the staff at Innovative K9 Academy today.