New furry friend?

Introducing Your Dog to a New Dog

Neutral ground!

Park or quiet street is best, not your dog's home turf.

Leash & relax!

Keep both dogs on leashes with space between them. Let them sniff the environment and get accustomed to each other's presence. Stay calm yourself! pen_spark

Treat time!

Reward calm greetings with yummy treats. This encourages friendly interactions.

Slow introductions!

Gradually decrease the leash distance, but watch their body language closely. If either dog seems stressed, take a step back and try again later.

Sniff sessions!

Allow short, supervised sniffing with leashes on. Be ready to separate them if needed.

Parallel play!

Try walking them in the same direction, but separately. This lets them get used to each other's movements without direct interaction.

Baby gate barrier!

Use a baby gate to separate the dogs indoors initially. This allows them to see and sniff each other safely. Reward calm behavior near the gate.

Separate everything!

Provide separate food/water bowls, beds, and toys to avoid competition and establish personal space, especially during the adjustment period.

Supervised playdates!

Gradually allow supervised playtime indoors. Keep interactions short and positive, and watch for any signs of discomfort. Remember, building a lasting friendship takes time and patience!