How to Introduce a Puppy to a Dominant Dog: Essential Tips

Introducing a puppy to a dominant dog can be challenging but manageable with these essential tips. First, ensure both dogs are calm and relaxed. Gradually introduce them on neutral ground to prevent territorial behavior.

  • Leashed Introductions: Keep both dogs on leashes initially to maintain control.
  • Positive Reinforcement: Use treats and praises to reward calm behavior.
  • Short Sessions: Keep initial interactions brief and sweet.
  • Monitor Body Language: Watch for signs of stress or aggression and separate if needed.
  • Separate Spaces: Provide individual spaces for each dog to retreat to.
  • Gradual Increase: Gradually increase the time they spend together as they become more comfortable.

Patience and consistent training will help build a harmonious relationship between your new puppy and your dominant dog.