By adopting from AWL, our team will help you introduce your new dog to your resident dog.
In addition, here’s our guide to help your fur-baby make new friends in the future.
Step one: the first glimpse
Introduce your dogs to each other while they’re on-lead, from a distance of at least 4m. Watch their reaction - your dogs can approach each other if they both do any of these:
- Play bows with a wide/broad tail wag
- Can look away from the other dog and focus on their humans
- Show mild interest in the other dog (without showing concerning behaviour)
- Show moderate interest in the other dog but looks back at their humans at least twice
Step two: approach
Bring your dogs closer together and walk them parallel to each other, so they pass side-by-side, not nose to nose.
- The dogs will move freely with loose movements – they won’t be stiff or upright
- The dogs are showing an interest in each other but are not obsessive
Step three: meeting nose-to-nose
- Allow the dogs to reach each other and watch how they react - make sure the first nose-to-nose greeting is for only one second before stepping away from the other dog and calling to your dog.
- Keep walking in a big loop, and then do another nose-to-nose greeting. This time allow the dogs to say hello for two seconds. Repeat this a few times while gradually increasing the time they are allowed to interact.
Step four: loose-lead contact
Loosen the lead tension and let the dogs interact. Remember to move with your dog so their leads don’t get tangled.
Step five: free play
If both dogs have responded well to each other so far, remove the lead and allow short play. Let the dogs play for about one minute, then call the dogs away separately (don’t pull their collar). If you feel comfortable, release dogs for another two-minute play.
NOTE: If you have any reservations about the free play, leave the leads on and drop them so they trail behind. That way, you can pick up the leashes and move the dogs if needed.
Signs to look for:
|Good signs||Okay, but stay alert||Stop the meeting|