At Home Together

Introducing Children

Chihuahua and a little girl.

Children often don't realize the need to be very careful with a small puppy. A responsible adult should always be there to supervise when Children are playing with or meeting a puppy. When you bring your puppy home, it's best to have the children sit down and let the puppy come to them. Explain that they should not scare the puppy by moving quickly or making loud noises. They shouldn't rush at the puppy or try to pick the puppy up. Explain that, while sitting on the floor, the puppy will probably climb on them anyway.

Introducing Older Dogs

Rottweiler and a Chihuahua playing together.

If you have an older dog and he's lived in the house for along time, he may have a hard time adjusting to sharing his space with a new puppy. He may be unhappy to see somebody new and he may growl, bark or try to hurt the puppy. 

Or your dog may be easygoing and friendly and may like the new puppy. Some dogs become friends right away and even play or sleep together. Until you know how your resident dog is going to react, you should take precautions so that your puppy doesn't get hurt or scared.

Try introducing the dogs in a neutral area (not your home) where your resident dog may not be so protective. Make sure both dogs are on a leash and that they can be controlled by you. Let them sniff and investigate each other.

Do not yell at the older dog if he doesn't react the way you want him to. Give him plenty of time to get used to the puppy. Dogs have their own rules, and your young puppy know what the rules are - in the same way that the pup's mother helped him to learn - by growling.

Supervision

Puppy with a flower.

Can you imagine leaving a three-year-old child alone in your house? Don't be in hurry to allow your dog total freedom all over the house. It may take months or even a year to reach that goal.

Confining Your Puppy - Confinement in an area of the house where you normally spend time will prevent many housebreaking and chewing accidents. When you are in the kitchen, you can't see the puppy chewing on the living room carpet while you are busy making dinner.


Supervised Exploration - Let your dog explore his new home, but only under your supervision. Block off your puppy's special area with baby gates. If you must be away from the house or can't supervise the special area, put the puppy in his crate. Reinforcing acceptable behaviour often just means preventing misbehaviour. 


TIP

* Avoid public places with your puppy until it has all three immunization shots. They can pick up parasites and viruses on their paw and they are not immune to it yet.

The same applies to a dog groomer or dog trainer as they are working with grown up dogs and any virus can be easily transferred.