Introducing A New Animal
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Introducing A New Animal

Introducing a new animal into your home can be tricky but easily done with the right information.

There are some very important facts about introducing a new animal into your home that are often over looked.  Many times a new pet is introduced because it is replacing a recently lost animal.  If you have more than one animal in the home remember that the animal that remains is stressed and grieving to some degree as well as you are. Often times the senior pet, or the pet that has been in the home the longest will resent the intrusion of a new animal.  There is also the concern that a lonely animal will be so excited to have a friend around that their excitement can get out of control causing fear or injury to the new animal.

When introducing the new pet to a current pet you must be very careful to make the introduction a negative impact on one of the animals.  This can result in resentment of the current animal. Once the animal begins to feel he or she is in trouble due to the new pet there can be risk of fighting and serious damage to either pet. This is especially risky if one pet is larger than the other.

It is not surprising that many owners will want to keep their dogs on a leash while introducing them to a new dog, this is often done so the owner can maintain control of the pet.  The problem is that when a dog is on a leash they will feel cornered when being inspected by another animal.  Because they are feeling trapped and unable to protect or defend themselves they begin to act aggressively to warn the other animal.  Of course we all know that aggression breeds aggression and you may soon find yourself in a situation that you are unable to control.

It is thought best to make sure that the animals have space to get away from each other and be around each other as they feel comfortable doing so.  Being in a place or area that a smaller animal can find a place of refuse if they feel the need to be is also important.  You of course will want to stay and supervise the interactions for at least a few hours, using a calming and encouraging voice to both pets is important.  Letting each animal know that you are there and this interaction is either acceptable or to aggressive will help them start to learn their boundaries.

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Comments (4)

Good positive advise. I have gone through this twice in the last two years with two new dogs.

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Thank you. I have a small older dog, a large young dog, a hamster and a cat!! lol


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Thank You.