Less then 2 weeks before we get to bring our chocolate lab home. We have a 4 year old yellow female lab (we chose a male puppy) Just wondering what the
best and easiest way is to introduce them. Our female lab is a pretty anxious girl, although much better than before. How did all of you with multiple dogs
go about with the "introduction".
Has your female been socialized to other dogs? Of all sizes and ages? How is seh with other dogs in general?
How you go about it really depends on the dogs. I would handle a fully socialized easy going dog much differently then one that has little socialisation or was uncomfortable with dogs.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I had my husband take the other dogs for a very short walk when we arrived with laci. I took her out of the car while he was away. When they came back their first meeting was outside of the fenced yard. Bentley was 8months when we took him in and the previous owners lived far out of town so we met halfway at a rest stop. I took laci and tilly along and we let them meet in the parking lot. Laci was 9months and tilly 7 years. All went well.
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
Our current lab is not around dogs a lot, but when we visit our daughters home, she has two dogs (box and bulldog) and she's pretty good with them, a bit timid as they gang up on her, lol. When we board her the woman said she is really good with dogs, shows no aggression, but sometimes is afraid of them. It was recommended to me by her trainer that we
introduce them on neutral territory, such as the back yard, let them sniff each other and do the "normal" dog thing and that they should be ok. just wasn't sure what others have done with their new pups.
the back yard is good.
Do make sure to socialize the puppy more to all kinds of dogs (not just a few known dogs). Start with dogs you know in safe places until the dog has had all their shots then make a point of getting out with the puppy and meet other dogs. Puppy classes are an awesome, safe, place for puppies to socialize before they get all their shots.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
As Tanya asked, what is the socialization on your 4 year old?
If you can have them meet at a neutral place first, that can ease the introduction. In any case, I would have their first 'loose' introduction outside.
Not knowing about the socialization, I would have one crated when the other is loose when in the house. Preferably crated in the living room, or wherever you and the other dog is loose, so that they can sniff each other and get to know each other that way at first.
When you do finally have them loose together, make sure you are on top of their interactions. Puppies do not necessarily understand adult dog "warnings" and can be extremely obnoxious to an older dog. When I sent one of my pups to a home with an elderly dog, who could be a bit snarky, I told the owner, "protect the older dog and you will protect the puppy."
Karen and the gang
BBI Kodi's Journey To Anotch (Journey)
BBI Kodi's Blackpowder Striker (Flint)
When we brought Blaise home I just brought him in the house. Diesel had been smelling his scent on me for a couple of weeks as I had been visiting the puppy at the breeders.
Diesel was well socialized with a lot of other dogs and I never expected any issues and we didn't have any except for one quick skirmish at mealtime where Blaise heeded the noisy warning he got from Diesel.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I always just brought puppy to the yard, let out the older dog(s) and let them sniff, salivate or whatever until they figure out that puppy stays.
I've always been pretty unorthodox with this. I just brought the next pup home, held him in my lap on the floor for a while, let the home boys niff around on him and then we carried on with living.
By the time I reached dog #7 in the mob it was like, "Oh yeah. Here comes another one. May we have our nylabones now? Or some cookies?"
Seamus and Flynn