You’ve found the perfect pet-friendly apartment and you’re all moved in, but you’re not the only resident with a furry friend by your side. Introducing your pup to other pets on the premises will not only make for friendlier encounters in the future, your canine could make a few friends in the process! However, introducing dogs to other pets can take some time and patience. Here are a few tips:
Introduce Them One At A Time
If you’re lucky enough to have more than one dog living with you in your apartment, it’s never a good idea to take both of them out to introduce them to another animal. This can make it seem as though your canines are ganging up on the other animal, creating an unwanted, hostile environment. Introducing dogs one at a time can help both furry friends feel more comfortable.
Head to Neutral Territory
Never bring your dog to another dog or cat’s home, because the animal may feel like their territory is being taken over. Instead, have the animals meet in a neutral location like a park. Also, be sure to keep your dog on a leash–you don’t want it taking off or attacking another animal. When neither of the pups feel as though they’re being threatened, positive dog socialization can ensue.
Watch Their Body Language
When introducing a dog to another animal, look for tell-tale behavior signs in each furry friend. For example, if your dog has a relaxed, open mouth and loose body movements, it’s likely that it feels comfortable enough to be around the other pup. However, if it shows signs of stiff body movements, teeth baring, a tucked or raised tail and prolonged staring, it’s best to quickly pull the dogs apart to give them a good amount of distance. Before the two animals meet again, go through some simple obedience training with your canine to help it understand that it should behave and the situation is non-threatening.
Let Them Get to Know Each Other
Your dog and another animal may sniff each other for a brief moment. As they’re doing so, comfort them by using happy, positive-toned voices. You may not realize it, but dogs can be very sensitive to the mood that you’re giving off. So if you’re anxious or scared, they’re likely to feel the same way.