Getting a new puppy or dog is a very happy event, but there is a lot to consider. Consideration towards other dogs, the new dog and how the new dog fits into the home. Also, it is a time to go over appropriate areas for dogs to do their business. New dogs will try to mark their territory and the other dogs may also try the same in the home. It's important that the new dog and the other dogs go outside to mark their territories.
|My first pup, Rambo and the Alpha Male in my pack!|
If a person has other dogs in the home, the puppy will need to be introduced to the other dogs in order to become one of the pack. It's important not to give special treatment to the new puppy or dog to avoid problems with the other dogs. The veteran dogs will think the new dog is the alpha dog if favoritism is give to the new member of the family. Dogs need hierarchy to know how to keep order amongst themselves. It's best that a new dog assume the order given by the other dogs to maintain a happy home.
It's important that a new dog feel loved and secure as well to know he is accepted in the home and the humans along with the other dogs. One way to do this is to give a dog is own special place to sleep if the other dogs have theirs. Another way is to give a dog special treats, such as a dog gift basket filled with goodies. The new dog will know he is welcomed and loved!