HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR DOG TO OTHER PEOPLE AND OTHER DOGS
The right introduction can make or break the comfort level between the new people and animals in your dog’s life.
Meeting other people
Dog should spend their first several days with only their immediate family unit. This allows them to feel settled into their new environment. If your friends and family insist on meeting your dog, limit group activity to two faces at a time. While you may want to instantly invite your friends and family over to greet him, a large welcoming committee may frighten him into a stressed-out state.
When outsider meets your dog, ask him to not reach over or pet the top of your dog’s head, since some dogs perceive this is a threat. Instead, ask that he greet the dog with a cupped, open hand, and gently rub under his snout or muzzle. This way your dog can smell the sweet glands on the stranger’s hand and identify him by his smell. If your dog backs up, your visitor shouldn’t force himself on the dog. Fell free to inform your friend that dogs like to be stroke behind their ears and on their chest, shoulders, cheeks, and face. This will put your friend in good standing with your pet!
It’s important to gradually teach your dog that his new world is safe and enjoyable. To avoid behavioral problems, socializing a puppy (after he’s fully vaccinated) at play-training classes, dog parks, or private play dates. Introduce him to new sights and smells during walks and backyard games. Just be sure to use caution with an adopted adult dog, since you’re new to his behavior and quirks.
Because your new dog will follow your example, set an overly good one for everyone who enters and exits your home. An overly excited greeting on your part can encourage your dog to pounce on you, guests, and the delivery man. Be respectful of your guests, and teach your dog to stay down.
Meeting other dogs
There’s no easy way to predict which dogs will get along the best with yours before they meet. Most people assume that size and breed point to compatibility, but this isn’t necessarily true. And if a large dog is too exuberant or rough, different sizes can cause safety issues and physical damage to the smaller dog.
Your dog will look for body language cues from other dogs, it’s best to match the energy levels of two dogs when you set up play dates (energetic with energetic, calm with calm). It’s a myth that large dogs are afraid of small dogs and that small dog think they’re big dog.
Before you let two random dog sniff each other, you should first ask the other dog’s owner: “is your dog friendly?” if the answer yes, say, ”Hi!” and exchange small talk while your dogs get to know each other. Do not feel like this is an intrusive request, and always be honest about your dog’s temperament.
Dogs are territorial, and they like to take care of their home and family. So if you want to introduce your dog to a friend’s dog, or if you plan to send your dog to a sitter who has his own dog. First letting all dogs meet outside the home and on neutral territory: down the street, outside the gate, or in a dog park. Also avoid walking the two leashed dog right up to each other and then standing still. This greeting can be too intense for the dogs. Instead, walk the two dogs side by side, down the street, and allow them to sniff around until some of the novelty and stress has worn off. At that point, you can allow them to really stop and sniff each other. Without this initial meeting, the home dog’s instinct will be to protect his family unit, and the new dog may cause him initial anxiety when entering the picture. When dogs show they’re happy and don’t see each other as a threat, bring both dogs into the home. Here, one dog will establish who is boss in a healthy way; you’ll know that all is well by the dog’s relaxed eyes and body language.