I have had several calls from clients who are curious about how to properly introduce their dogs to other dogs. With all the summer gatherings, people would like to bring their doggies with them on various family events. Along with family gatherings, camping is also a popular activity where people like to bring their dogs.
Here are a few tips to help the situation run smoother:
- It is better to find a neutral location where one of the dogs does not feel threatened by another dog in their own territory.
- Place the new dog on a long leash/off leash and let them sniff around the area to familiarize themselves with the new surroundings without any other dogs.
- Once they have had a chance to sniff around then bring in the other dog to have them greet each other in a positive way. It is better to have both dogs off leash yet if one of the dogs are unsure of other dogs then I would place them on leash only to have better access to pull them apart if required.
- As the dogs approach one another, drop the leashes and let them sniff each other for 1-2 seconds and tell them "Good doggies & Let's Go" and take them for a walk together.
- They can sniff each other on the way. Their walk helps them get rid of their stress and excess energy.
- If you are really unsure on how each of the dogs will do when first greeting, then introduce them to each other on a walk. One person will walk their dog and the second person will approach gently from behind where they can sniff the new dog's behind to help them get to know each other better while continuing to walk. Then the second person can continue to walk faster so that the first dog has a chance to check out their new possible doggie friend.
- Lots of dogs are completely happy to not interact with other dogs and that is completely fine too.
If you have any questions on these training tips, please send me an email at Marcia@happyhound.ca or give me a call at 613-253-5535.