The thought of introducing your German Shepherd to another dog can be worrisome. And it can be very stressful for you, your German Shepherd, and the new dog so here are some tips to make the introduction hassle-free and worry-free.
Introducing your German Shepherd to another dog can be nerve-wracking especially for owners with less experience. Dogs like German Shepherds can be very protective of their home and family so their territorial instincts may kick in at the sight of a new dog in your home.
Here are the steps in introducing your German Shepherd to another dog.
Introducing Your German Shepherd to Another Dog
By introducing your German Shepherd to another dog in a neutral territory, you’re letting them get to know each other minus the territorial instincts. Have your German Shepherd and the new dog meet at the training center, the street, or the park. Make sure both dogs are on-leash.
Once they are introduced, take them for a walk together so they can get acclimated with each other’s company. Make sure to keep a distance between the two dogs on their first walk.
After their walk and still at a neutral territory, have your German Shepherd and the new dog smell each other for two minutes before calling them out. If the two dogs start to play, let them have fun for a few minutes. It’s also important make end of the playtime session a happy one.
After that, have your German Shepherd and the new dog meet in your home. Let them meet in the garden first before heading inside your home. But before the in-house introduction, take your German Shepherd outside first and let the new dog come inside. Let the new dog sniff around the house before letting your German Shepherd in. Keep the dogs’ interaction short and again, be calm but observant. If you sense that tension is arising, separate the dogs and repeat the routine later.
Once the dogs start getting along well, it’s still best to keep an eye on them. If you plan to leave the house, keep your German Shepherd and the new dog in separate crates, cages, or rooms or crates. By doing this, you’ll prevent the dogs from engaging in fights while you are away. This will also prevent the new dog from developing destructive behaviors like chewing.
Do not let minor things like growling bother you. Minor issues like that should not be a reason for you to prevent the dogs from interacting with each other and other members of the household.