When you're introducing two dogs to each other, first impressions matter. How the dogs interact Have the dogs meet with leashes dragging. Keep this meeting. Your temptation will be to let the dogs meet and sniff each other first. Don't do that ! The reason that it's often a bad idea is that as two dogs approach each The only way you are going to do that is by being a supportive, calming . We decided on getting boy dogs, so there would hopefully be less rivalry. When the meeting occurs, have each dog on lead, each with a calm, relaxed adult Two dogs playing -- one is on his back and the other is circling around.
You and the other person should decide which direction you're going to walk in, and one of you should start off in that direction, with the other person following.
Let's assume that the other person starts, so you're the one following behind, for the time being. Praise your dog, no matter what they do. Any barking that they are doing is just their way of letting out steam. As you move on the walk, you will be letting the steam out in a positive way - teaching your dog an alternative to barky spastic-ness and aggression.
Think of yourself as saying "good dog, thanks for letting me know how you're feeling right now". If they are focused exclusively on each other, there is no way for this energy to dissipate unless you're lucky and they just start playing together, which is the way that two HEALTHY dogs handle the intensity.
Instead of them being both "about" each other, they will be "about" the walk they are taking - which is like them being on the hunt together. Yup, you are stimulating their hunting nature, which, as you may recall from this earlier article about being calm, assertive, and mooselikeis when dogs are the MOST social.
Slowly let them sniff each other as they are walking.
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Hey, that's what dogs do! Remember that utilization of the olfactory sense is an indicator that your dog is transitioning into hunting mode, so it's a good sign. The dog being sniffed will be reacting as well, so both owners need to be vigilant about what's going on.
After the trailing dog sniffs the forward dog it's generally a good idea to trade positions, so that the dog who just got sniffed has a chance to do the sniffing.
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Keep taking turns with each dog having repeated opportunities to be in the lead over the course of the walk. Think of it as a non-verbal way of communicating. Once the two dogs are eliminating in each other's presence, that's a very good sign that the dogs are getting used to each other. Watch for signs of play between the two dogs.
For one, if they're still on leashes that you're holding then you are running the risk of them getting tangled and the excitement of the moment turning into a fight.
If they're free to run, you're still running that risk - so keep walking, give them a chance to chill out a little bit, and be happy that they're showing you signs that they'll be able to get along.
If you know how to "push" with your dog, take breaks to do that - or play tug of war. This is a step I'll address more when we talk about more "heavy-duty" aggression.While dogs were fighting look what happened!!!
Cesar meets the veterinarians: The short version is that all of the dogs should meet in neutral territory and take a long walk together first, before coming into the home. Then, the humans enter first, followed by the dogs that live there, followed by the new dog. In this way, you are allowing the dogs to first bond as a pack on the walk, then allowing the dogs currently living in the home to bring the new dogs in.
Just shoving a new dog in through the door is an invasion; doing it this way turns it into an invitation from the existing dogs. Too late — now what? One dog fight does not make for a disaster, but your reaction to it can.
Even among the seemingly closest of pack mates, sometimes something can happen that will get them going at each other. Maybe a human member of the pack accidentally drops a high value food item on the floor and both dogs go for it.
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Maybe one of your dogs is experiencing physical pain and another dog nudged her the wrong way. The first step with the first fight is to break it up quickly and calmly. Cesar explains the steps to breaking up a dog fightwhere your instinct is the key.
Never yell or shout excitedly when breaking up a dog fight — this will only elevate the aggression. You can use a loud grunt or shout, but always in a calm manner.
The second and most important step with a dog fight is how you handle it after. Avoiding dog fights Dogs in the same pack fight for one reason only: This is why establishing rules, boundaries, and limitations for the entire pack is important.