Introducing 2 dogs to each other

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Introducing 2 dogs to each other at a new home
I am often asked to assist in bringing two dogs together when the need arises to bring dogs together at a new home. It may be sudden like after a death in a family or a relocation or emigration. Sometimes a dog or dogs are adopted from a rescue facility but in spite of their tests and counselling the dogs fight at home. This makes it more difficult when I am called to assist. However, my method has been mostly successful and I pass it on to be used by others.
Some basic rules of dog training must be observed:
1. Never let them meet face to face the 1st time especially not in a confined space!!!
2. Avoid eye contact with the new dog but allow him to get to know you by your scent. Ignoring a dog shows leadership.
3. Both dogs must be in the SAME STATE of Mind
No panting, aggression, nervousness, shyness. Both should be equally calm.
Bonding by stroking, talking and the use of treats can be very helpful.
The dogs are taken on a walk on Neutral territory for as long as is needed.
All toys or possessions must be removed.
General
The dogs are with their owners or a helper and face the same direction 3-5m away from each other. They walk on a very short held leash so that they walk Next to or slightly behind the owner. Both dogs must be “dominated” by the owner/ handler. No smelling or peeing along the walk!
Be Aloof. Do not respond to forms of attention seeking by the dog. Try to get the dog to stop pulling away from you and to walk on a loose, but short leash, next to you.
Be prepared to intervene quickly if the dog would: Growl, Stare at the other dog, Strutting or any form of squabbling.
The New Owner must behave as Pack Leader and scold BOTH dogs if they show aggression.
“You will never ever, ever, ever fight near me!”
The Walk
Start walking with the dogs on leash and at their pace to prevent too much pulling. Dogs naturally walk faster than humans. Use your longest leash. I use 5-8m long leashes held closely at first to be extended later in the walk.
Handlers must maintain a friendly conversation with each other and ignore the dogs who are now trying to work out where they are heading. Retain the 3-5m distance apart until the dogs become settled in the walk.
The handler with the new dog slowly moves closer to the resident dog’s handler until they are walking fairly close to each other.
Continue walking like that for a bit and slowly allow the dogs to forage ahead so that the dogs are walking near each other and slightly ahead of the handlers.
Greeting
The new dog is allowed to move ahead and his long line is relaxed. The resident dog’s line is later also extended to allow him to sniff the newcomer’s behind. This is a handshake in human terms.
If no resentment is experienced this procedure is repeated in reverse. The resident dog moves ahead and the newcomer is allowed to smell the resident dog.
Continue the walk with both dogs walking ahead next to each other on long lines away from the handlers.
If no problems are experienced, the walk slows down to a halt and the dogs’ behaviour is observed.
Return
Should the dogs get along with each other it may be possible to let them ride together in the same vehicle going home. Here careful decisions may have to be made.
Walking back to the home should follow the same relaxed atmosphere to the gate. It may be possible for both dogs to enter the premises together or the resident dog must taken into the house before the new dog enters the ground and remains outside to discover the garden and places to eliminate.
At this stage both dogs need to still drag their long lines while being observed by the handlers. This makes it possible to step on the lines and stop any trouble before it starts.
Feeding and Sleeping arrangements are usually decided beforehand and are determined by the resident owner.
Do not attempt this method unless you are very sure that you have studied it and have a good understanding of how to proceed with each step.

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