New Puppy at Home, What the Older Dog Is Feeling?

Posted by Dog Citizen on 23/Oct/2015-

Many people overlook the importance of a good presentation of one dog to another, especially when a puppy comes already resides in a house where another hairy. If the first contact of both generate aggressive reactions or even a fight and onslaught of elder (which represents danger for the baby), the relationship between the dogs can be engaged throughout their lives, leading to dangerous situations.

The first tip for a proper approach is to ensure that the first contact is at a neutral location. Can be in the street, in a park or Plaza, preferably without too much noise around. Noting that the Cub in phase of vaccination should not have access to the floor, but may be in the lap of one of the family members, while another person walks with elder in the Guide, making a fun and exciting ride!

After all get together at home, the approach should occur gradually, starting with a good distance between the dogs. Important to remember that an older dog may not tolerate the effusive banter of a puppy, especially within your environment. So it is very important to control the puppy isn’t allowing him abruptly near the older, not to jump up and bite the new friend.

You must be well aware of the reactions of hairy, especially the older one. Signs as face each other blankly, by the neck, tail erect and Bristly property can mean discomfort, and the distance between them should be increased.

One must, on the other hand, enhance the desired and expected behavior for this situation: If the dog even already having seen the other, remains in a relaxed position, he should be commended and rewarded enough, preferably with something he appreciates too!

The goal is that the approach to occur gradually, always watching the reactions of both dogs, you must be quiet and carefree for the record on that point forward. This can take several minutes or even days, and it’s very important to have patience and keep the supervision: this will ensure years of tranquility to the furry and, possibly, even a true friendship!

Even with a careful approach, the older dog may show signs of the presence of the cub is being unpleasant. This is relatively common and can take some time for him to get used to the new family member. What elder can be feeling? Possibly might be insecure and even stressed by the change in routine, on account of the arrival of the puppy. Can occur, including jealousy related behaviors, especially when the baby is around.

In this sense, it is important to give attention to the older dog when the puppy is present in the same environment. So, he will associate the presence of small to something important to him: attention of the tutor. Unfortunately, many people tend to fight with the older, don’t understand why he still does not want to “make friends with a chick so beautiful”. But this is a human interpretation, not applicable to the early relationship between two dogs.

At first, the oldest dog of the House can give signs that don’t like the chick, avoiding him all the time, hiding in places inaccessible to small. But this situation tends to change, especially if they are made positive associations between the two whenever they’re together, through games, rewards and attention.

Anyway, it is important to note if the usual behaviors of older dog changed much and are continuing, as, for example, lose appetite, don’t play anymore, always be hidden. It can be stressed to the point of not valuing more activities than before were part of your routine and may even develop health problems. In this case, the practice of positive associations should be intensified and interactions must always be controlled, especially with the pup, ensuring that everything that is important and valuable to the oldest is maintained.

If the oldest always associate the presence of chick to more attention, interaction, games and rewards, and not to the loss of resources that were important to him, probably soon will interact smoothly with the new partner.

In fact, when the two begin to interact effectively, can start those games more noisy, with some growls and barks, beating the Paws in the ground. And how do you know if they are playing or fighting? The body postures of a joke are more relaxed, usually they roll on the floor, beat the paw each other, neither tries to escape. Already in a fight, you can tell easily that the interaction is not nice: the body stays rigid, the animal never drop your guard and tries to escape.

Being a joke or fight, you have to be very careful, because if there is strength and size difference between them, it may cause accidents that cause injuries. Therefore, the supervision and control of these interactions is very important, especially at the beginning.

Remember that we must always respect their time. You cannot need how long one would have to insist on the positive associations and in control. Each dog is an individual with a distinctive temperament, created differently and all of these factors influence the time that adaptation can take. It is precisely there that doubt arises: is it better to return the puppy? This issue is extremely difficult to be answered because, in some cases, adaptation is very fast, but, in others, it may even seem impossible. Thus, the most important thing is to check if only small advances are occurring, if day to day well-being of both being guaranteed to make the prospect of success and happiness in this relationship.

By Cassia R Cardoso dos Santos, student and Citizen Dog Team behavioral consultant.

Source: BitCão.

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