Guide to Dog behavior around a new Puppy
Bringing in another dog to the family can be fun for both you and your current dog. You must, however, know that your older dog might feel jealous of the new puppy since they have to share toys and attention. Over time the two will learn to live with each other, but before that happens certain precautions have to be taken to ensure a proper relationship between the two. When being introduced to new puppies, older dogs will tend to exhibit certain behaviors. Some of the dog behaviors with new puppies have been discussed below.
Common Dog behaviors with a new Puppy
Body language: This can be used to identify dog behavior when introducing a new puppy. A dog’s posture will enable you to understand if things are going okay or not. If a dog is comfortable with the new puppy it will express certain dog behaviors such as play bows and having a relaxed open mouth. If it is the opposite, some of the dog behaviors with new puppies that can be expected are growling, long periods of staring, and teeth baring.
Sniffing: This is considered a canine etiquette. What we would consider rude and inappropriate is a common dog behavior when introducing a new puppy, as it will sniff the new dog in unmentionable places. This also applies to the new dog. It is, however, important that the older dog goes first, as he is the dominant one. Also to prevent any tensions from arising, the sniffing should not be allowed to go on for a long time.
Aggression: Being aggressive is a common dog behavior when introducing a new puppy. Dogs are generally territorial and will always protect their turf. Expect your dominant dog to act aggressively as the new dog will be seen as a threat. To ensure that aggressive dog behavior around the new puppy does not occur, it is wise to introduce them in a setting where the adult dog doesn’t have the upper hand such as a park. So, to encourage positive dog behaviors with a new puppy, feed, pet and acknowledge the resident dog before the puppy. This will likely reduce aggression and encourage positive dog behavior around the new puppy.
Carefully monitor Dog behaviors when introducing a new Puppy
The above mentioned are briefly what to expect in terms of dog behavior towards a new puppy. Dogs do adjust to puppies when given time, but it is important to note that not all dogs like puppies. This could lead to dog behaviors that are harmful to the new puppy. It is therefore important to monitor dog behavior around the new puppy to encourage a good relationship. If the resident dog’s behaviors with the new puppy tend to be overly harmful, it might be necessary to find a new home for the new puppy.