When should I introduce my second dog?
Many behaviorists recommend waiting a year before getting your dog a playmate. It can take upwards of 6 months for a dog to adjust to a new environment, followed by another 6 months of quality bonding with owners and learning house rules and commands.
Is getting a second dog a good idea?
If your dog has any history of fighting with other dogs or any kind of dog-dog aggression, then adding a second dog is not a good idea yet. That means training each dog separately, then training the two together. It’s a lot of work! Having one poorly trained dog is bad enough, but having two can cause chaos.
How do you train a second dog?
The recipe is fairly simple:
- Find 5-10 minutes during your daily interaction/play times with your dogs.
- Add two eager to learn canines.
- Pick the behavior you want to teach.
- Have really tasty treats.
- Make it fun!
- Mix all together and after a few sessions you have two canines eagerly performing the desired behavior(s).
How long does it take for a dog to adjust to a new dog?
Time to Adjust
You can gauge the time it might take for your dog to fully acclimate to his home in threes: three days, three weeks, three months (Drs. London and McConnell)1. We think of that first 3 days (at a minimum) as the initial “detox period” as the dog transitions from the shelter to your home.