Other Dogs on the Homestead

by Phil Harris
(travelers rest sc)

I am interested in how to assimulate a pyr puppy to my homestead that has 2 other canine pets.I am familiar with livestock /pup bonding. Just need all available advice about the other dogs on the homestead.

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by: Donna

When you're bringing a puppy in, introduce all dogs off property (someone holding the other two on leash), if you can. A little sniff and off you walk, everyone on leash. Don't let them focus on each other too long.

Keep the other two outside while you take the pup indoors for a sniff around, after the walk. If the pup will be living inside, you will want to crate train him for his safety. They actually come to like the crate as a quiet/safe zone. Here is how to crate train by Dr. Sophia Yin, world renowned vet behaviourist:

http://info.drsophiayin.com/crate-training-handout

When you let the other dogs in, make sure you keep them separate from the pup until they get used to the pup. Not all dogs like a new one coming onto their territory. When you are home, use a gate in the kitchen, for instance, to keep them apart.

Let them sniff through the gate but just watch body language. If it looks like they aren't so happy about pup, make them go lie down.

They'll get used to pup eventually. It takes time and patience for everyone to become a happy family.

If you are getting a pup from a reputable breeder, make sure to talk to them about the best time to neuter. Otherwise, neuter between 1 and 2 years old and make sure he does not come into contact with females in heat (who should have been spayed, if that's the case). We have enough unwanted dogs in our shelters being euthanized everyday.

Enjoy!

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