INTRODUCING YOUR NEW PUPPY TO YOUR HOUSEHOLD
Wrttten by Anne M Grim
The first few days after your puppy is brought into your home is the critical time to get off to the right start. This is even more important when there are other dogs or children in the house. These few simple tips are meant to help get you off on the right foot and save the family tears from having to return the pup.
We firmly recommend a crate for the pup to be in a majority of the time (to start) and anytime it is not in the crate, a 6 foot drag line tied on its buckle collar to keep it near you or out from under the furniture when it is hiding with a chewy shoe. Thirty days from now you can relax on these tools if you did your foundation work. The crate should always be the pup’s safe zone though.
The most common reason we are given for returning a pup after a day or two is “my old dog is usually friendly with other dogs but hates the puppy”. This is how we explain your old dog’s point of view.
Your husband/wife tells you that he loves you so much he has decided to bring home another woman/man to live in the house and keep you company. If she/he, being new, gets all the attention, is allowed to sleep in your room and you are ignored, you shortly will be plotting her/his demise, much like “old dog” has started hating the new pup. If, however, the new woman/man is kept locked in her/his room (crate), and you get everything before her/him, more than before, even new toys you will start to get used to the idea of her/him being there. You will eventually see it as a positive.
It is important to remember that the pup is an intruder in your home. If the pup is bothering the old dog then the pup gets scolded. Old dog gets a “Be Have” or “NO” on a growl but pup gets a taken away and learns its place. Your old dog was good with others because that was mostly on neutral territory. Take old dog and pup to the park, on walks, etc and have most of their interaction off old dog’s territory. Also remember dogs accept the opposite sex better than the same sex as it is even less threatening to their position. Two male dogs can learn to get along and then have problems when pup reaches maturity and decides to dethrone Old Dog so keep pup in its place. Keep the new dog in it’s proper pack order.
If there are kids in the household then it is even more vital that you use the crate. My children know that when the dogs go to their crate that means that the pup has had enough interaction and leave it alone for a while. The dog knows this is its safety zone and will walk away from the kids rather then backing them off with a growl. The kids know this is the dog’s space to eat, chew on a bone or just relax, just like when they go to their room to avoid their brother or sister. The dog should also know that it also does not go into the pack leader’s room or the kid’s rooms. Having your own space is important.
Also important is kids do not correct the puppy as kid’s often take this too far and try mimicking their parents training the dog. Kids won’t accept this from each other and neither will the puppy accept it from the kids. These few simple rules will help start everyone out right.