In episode 52, Sean answers a question from a listener who is thinking of adding a second dog to their family. Sean covers three areas:
1) how to decide whether it’s a good idea to add a second dog
2) some items to think about in finding a good match with your current dog
3) Some tips on your immediate game plan when bringing a second dog home.
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In this session:
Should you get your dog – a dog??
How long will it take to acclimatize a second dog in your home?
What are some things to think about in creating a good match between your existing dog and a new second dog?
Details In this Session
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People United for Pets (P.U.P. Dog Rescue)
Rescue Dog of the Week:
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Interview with the Director of PUP Dog Rescue:
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When is it not a good idea to add a second dog?
- Don’t get your dog a dog because your first dog doesn’t get enough time with you.
- Don’t get a second dog if your first dog still has some functional skills to improve on still
Things to Think About in Matching a New Dog with A Second Dog.
- Breed profile
- Relative Play preferences
- Relative dominance level
- Relative energy level
- Relative size
- Relative age
Steps When Adding a Second Dog:
Phase one: (Weeks 1-4) Very little contact between dogs and basic training and relationship building with both dogs
Phase two: (Weeks 3-8) Begin supervised and coached play session between dogs and introduce toys and resources when near one another. Lots of active coaching of policies.
Phase three: Weeks 8 and beyond) Focus on intermediate obedience skills and begin weaning off the need for active coaching when interacting with the other dog.
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