As I used to be watching Mokie and Cuba wrestle like wild savages in the lounge this morning, I believed, as I typically do, how grateful I’m that they get pleasure from one another a lot. I really like dwelling with two canine who’re nice associates and share in adventures, riotous video games of tug, the occasional finish of a pint of gelato. I think my family will all the time be a two-dog family. Whereas getting a second canine could be a nice resolution for a household, it’s not a call you need to take flippantly. Listed below are some issues in the case of introducing a brand new canine:
1. Two canine are thrice as a lot work as one canine
Usually, house owners are underneath the very mistaken impression that two canine are simpler than one canine, and that introducing a brand new canine will by some means imply that they each prepare and train each other, assuaging the proprietor of each of these obligations. Nothing might be farther from the reality. Every canine will want particular person coaching and train (notably if both one lacks leash manners) earlier than they are often skilled collectively. For instance, when you’ve got two canine, you should have three coaching processes — coaching every canine individually, then coaching each canine collectively. For those who had one canine, you solely undergo the method as soon as.
Additionally, your canine ought to get particular, particular person time with you. Mokie might be going to ClickerExpo with me in Connecticut in a few weeks, so I’ll must schedule some particular “Cuba and mother time” adventures for once I return.
2. Canines don’t all the time educate one another the appropriate issues
I all the time inform my shoppers to be pretty sure they’re pleased with the conduct of the resident canine(s) earlier than introducing a brand new canine. If you’re working by means of coaching challenges along with your canine, introducing a brand new canine together with her personal wants can go away you feeling overwhelmed.
Whereas I’ve seen a second canine study recall extra simply when working with an skilled recalling canine, for probably the most half, canine don’t educate one another issues individuals like, reminiscent of sit, down, eye contact, or drop the useless hen carcass. I’ve, nevertheless, seen canine study obnoxious behaviors (like inappropriate barking, cat chasing and counter browsing) from their canine companions.
three. Introducing a brand new canine of the other intercourse could be greatest
Typically, I like male/feminine pairings in a two-dog family, then male/male pairings, with feminine/feminine pairings on the backside of the checklist. That’s not to say you may’t see profitable duos with all of those combos, however I believe most conduct consultants would agree that the worst circumstances of interdog aggression are normally between bitches, and when these canine dwell in the identical house, managing the state of affairs could be a nightmare for the house owners — and is hard on the canine, too. Typically, a second canine of the other intercourse is a good suggestion for many households.
four. Think about your present canine’s likes and dislikes earlier than introducing a brand new canine
Sometimes, I see shoppers who’re hell-bent on introducing a brand new canine to the house and, sadly, the primary canine doesn’t benefit from the firm of different canine in any respect. Every time potential, I attempt to speak these of us out of signing themselves up for a decade (or higher) of attempting desperately to cram sq. pegs into spherical holes — or the opposite, extra frequent end result, the place one canine finds herself homeless. Generally I’m profitable, typically not.
However if you wish to get a second canine, take your canine’s preferences into consideration. Ask your self, “What sorts of canine does my canine like?” and, simply as necessary, “What sort of canine doesn’t my canine like?” Sit down and checklist out these traits, and take notes when your canine meets new canine so you may start monitoring patterns. When you could also be drawn to the look of a Chihuahua, your Mastiff could desire the corporate of different large canine.
When you have a senior canine who could also be arthritic or produce other ache points, a younger pet or unruly adolescent can considerably impact your canine’s high quality of life throughout his golden years. Being jumped on or always solicited for play could also be painful and annoying on your older canine, who may simply desire to loosen up alone — or within the firm of one other low-key canine.
5. First impressions matter when introducing a brand new canine
Introducing a brand new canine to your resident canine accurately is essential. Some breeders and rescue organizations have employees skilled in canine social interactions and physique language, who can assist make the introduction as low-stress as potential. If this isn’t an possibility, you could need to think about scouting out an area coach to facilitate the introductions.
Some last ideas on introducing a brand new canine to your loved ones
Two canine could also be thrice the work of 1, however they may also be 100 occasions the enjoyable. Few issues make me as joyful as watching my canine actually get pleasure from enjoying. In case your canine enjoys the corporate of different canine, the thought and planning you place into introducing a brand new canine to your loved ones will repay within the pleasure!
Inform us: Have you ever ever launched a second canine into your family? Inform us the way it went within the feedback!
This piece was initially revealed in 2015.
Thumbnail: Pictures ©Ingenui | Getty Pictures.