You’ve had a trusty canine companion for many years now. He almost feels like part of the furniture. He doesn’t have quite the same energy and get up and go that he used to, but that doesn’t mean you love him any less. You have decided though, to introduce a new puppy into the home. Everyone’s excited, especially the kids. However, you’re slightly concerned that your current dog isn’t overly happy about the new arrival. You don’t want any aggression or problems, it won’t be good for either of them. So you need to carefully train him to accept the new puppy.
Succeeding with this training is essential for the happiness of both dogs. Any aggression at the beginning of the puppy’s life could become a permanent theme and lead to problems later down the line.
Training your dog to accept a new puppy won’t always be a walk in the park. You’ll need to be constantly vigilant to make sure they’re playing along nicely. You’ll have to control their habitat and introduce them to each other carefully. A large stockpile of treats and food will be needed to keep him content with the newcomer. This training could take a while. If he’s particularly stubborn and territorial then you may need to invest several weeks into training. If he’s old and easy going it could take just a couple of weeks.
Getting this training right is important for everyone in the house. Any problems at the beginning will only be magnified as time goes on. It’s also important they get on so the puppy can learn valuable life lessons from your current dog, such as not going to the toilet on the floor or jumping up on the furniture.
Before you get to work you’ll need a few things. A crate and baby gates will be required so you can ensure some distance between them to start with. You’ll also need a generous supply of treats and tasty food. Toys will also come in handy, as will food puzzles.
The other main thing you need is time. You need to be able to monitor both dogs in order to correct any problematic behavior.
Once you’ve got all of the above and allocated some time from your normal schedule, you’re all set to get going!