MULTIPLE DOG HOUSEHOLD TIPS
Deacon brought his little brother by for his 2nd lesson.
Here are some tips I give on multiple dog households:
Deciding to get another dog:
Never get a second dog because you think it will fix issues with the first dog! It’s always best to get your first dog trained, calm and confident before introducing a new dog into the mix. Otherwise, the new dog is very likely to pick up any issues the first dog has, including fear, aggression, barking, etc. So, work with a trainer or behaviorist to ensure your first dog is stable and ready to help positively shape a new sibling.
When introducing 2 dogs for the first time, it’s best to do so in a neutral area, preferably on leash. Use lots of treats and praise to make it a happy occasion. It’s a great idea to have your existing dog meet the potential new dog first before making a decision to adopt. So, bring him to the shelter or adoption event to make sure they like each other.
Multiple dog households are always a little more challenging. When one dog starts barking, it’s hard to stop the other from joining in! The key is to train them independently to behave and THEN put them together for training. Otherwise, they will keep feeding off of each other and make it nearly impossible to work with them.
Walk & play separately (sometimes):
Make sure you walk the dogs separately at least a couple times a week to better form your relationship with each dog and give them a break from each other.
Most people always walk their dogs together and play the same games with them (fetch, chase, etc.). But it’s actually important to make sure to spend some time with each of your dogs separately. It lets them get a break from each other and gives them some precious one on one time with you
Just as you would take one child to soccer practice and another to ballet lessons, you need to allow your dogs the freedom to grow and learn apart. They each have different personalities and needs, so make sure you’re taking that into consideration when training, playing and exercising them.
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