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of the most frequently asked questions

that I get is how to introduce a new

puppy with the other dog in the home to

ensure that they get along and start off

on the right foot right away so I am

going to show you how to introduce a

puppy this is Harper she's 8 weeks old

with an older dog

Ava who's 8 years old now the other

thing with Ava is that she hasn't been

great with other dogs so we have to make

sure that we do this really cautiously

and slowly and yes so that they can get

along right away the number one thing is

that we want to make sure that Ava the

older dog is not too stressed and

actually when you're introducing two

dogs the biggest thing that you're going

to want to do is take the focus off of

each other the more that you can shift

their focus off of the other dog the

better because if mentally the dog is

just focused on the other dog they're a

lot further from self control so as long

as you have a dogs focus I always say

you can get them to do anything and you

can prevent them from doing it anything

so it's super super important now when

we do this that we first start in the

neutral setting Ava the older dog is

also very protective over the mom so we

are just going to completely not have

her be in this introduction equation so

that there's no added trigger like the

protective instinct which you may have

to work through when you are introducing

your dog and you just have to go about

it in the same exact way just very very

slowly like we're going to do Abby is

going to have Ava and Cassidy is going

to have Harper we are just going to have

Harper set here in shell a lot of she's

a pretty chill puppy so this is going to

go a lot better and probably the whole

introduction period is going to go

faster than it normally would with a

puppy this age because typically they'd

be a little bit more rambunctious so the

number one thing that you would want to

do is just try to keep the puppy as calm

as possible this

out this whole introduction process it's

going to be really important that we

first just get the dog acquainted and

familiar with each other the hard part

about introducing a puppy a lot of the

times is that a puppy instead of it just

being a personality you have you know

the personality of the job but you also

have the craziness of a puppy so that

all at once it's typically too much for

another dog we are going to try to break

it down variable by variable and just

get them familiar with each other and

then the next variable would be getting

them familiar with each other

in the house trying to keep the puppy as

calm as possible and you want a vus

focus off the puppy I cannot stress that

enough because so many people do not

understand that part of it they're like

why would I want her to not look at the

puppy like when we're trying to get them

to get along but again if a dog is zoned

in on something she's in her own world

so one quick movement from the puppy if

ava is just completely zoned in on the

puppies that kind of she's not okay with

her feels threatened could lead her to

the growling or napping so especially

with her background of not being very

well socialized with other dogs it's not

getting along with other dogs we want to

make sure that this goes as smooth as

possible okay so step one is to find a

neutral setting neutral enough that's

not just like right inside the house so

right now we're descend a little

cul-de-sac in the neighborhood depending

on the dog may not be neutral enough eva

has an autoimmune disease so she can't

go places where a lot of dogs have been

and obviously the puppy isn't vaccinated


this is gonna be neutral enough again

this always really varies on the dog if

you have a dog that's very protective of

the house very territorial you're gonna

have to go further away from the house

so find that spot that you're not

working through that added trigger as

well if there's that protective instinct

whatever try to just make it so it's the

two dogs just greeting step two get your

dog's undivided focus on you and not on

the other dog so obviously we want her

to know that there's another dog there

but you want to be able to snap her out

of it and get her focus so right away in

the beginning when you stand in one spot

now ava has

really great focus and she's super food

motivated it's not going to be a bad

thing if your dog isn't as focused as

Ava is you're just gonna have to stay in

each spot longer what we're looking for

we are going to make sure that she has a

hundred percent self-control now what I

mean by that is most people to get

self-control they get the dog to sit and

focus on them I mean it's a little bit

more than halfway there for self-control

but the real test with everything one

yes does the dog do it with your

direction but two what happens when she

has mental freedom so what I mean by

that is in every single spot that we get

to we want to start by getting her focus

getting her focus whatever it takes to

get her to look up here you couldn't use

a toy treats anything oh we are going to

make sure that we have too much focus

first from Ava meaning like right now

how she's so focused here on a B we want

her to now look at the puppy it's like

let's let the focus go so until you get

to this point use a treat use this if a

dog is super focused on the puppy you

might literally have to like be on her

nose like Ava Ava over here don't even

look at the puppy hi yes oh yes oh don't

look at that puppy over there hi yes yes

good oh sit yes good also I'm looking

for her to not be super Pacey around as

well just because although she's not

focusing on the puppy you can kind of

see that excited energy walking around

so all you want to do is keep directing

her to sit and down be persistent about

that step three

now what we're looking for once we have

too much focused is letting Ava get a

little bit of mental freedom to look at

the puppy and look back on her own if

she stares at the puppy for longer than

three seconds Abby's gonna just call her

name back she still gets rewarded but we

know that she's not ready to go forward

yet until she can have the complete

mental freedom to look at the other dog

and look back completely on her own so

here we have to the tomb

much focus and I was like okay come on

can you look at the other can you look

at the dog so now we'll let her mind go

a little bit remember you cannot let her

mind go until you've first gotten to the

point of too much focus do you want to

say hi


yes and she looked right back at a be

good shop it's a really good problem to

have when you have to get her focus that

way so exactly this and then we'll move

forward so now when you get into a new

spot we reset get to too much focus

again cover sit yes

happy girl and this is going so amazing

most of her focus is completely on Abby

and even Cassidy nothing really about

the puppy we'll see how she does when we

get up closer but this is exactly what

you want okay now I'll let her mind go


yes good girl and we'll move forward

good girl now the amount of steps that

you take forward just really depends on

your dog as you can see ava is really

relaxing and she'll which isn't so

amazing but if you take two steps and

your dog is just like bolting for the

other dog you need to stop right there

you know instead of taking five feet

forward you would only go one foot

forward you know you really want to make

this process unique for your dog and

keeping your dog as controlled as

possible whatever that takes to get

there too much focus now this is really

important that we include the mental

freedom because so often with I mean so

many behaviors the dog is like totally

fine as long as they can be focused

right here everyone says like as long as

I can have a treat and have the focus up

here we're okay but it's that second

that we let any mental freedom go that

issues happen so it's important to start

introducing it right away to make the

greeting as controlled and as amazing as

possible I mean because our goal is

obviously to let them have full mental

freedom together and be able to get

along so it's really important to start

that right away okay we'll do one more

right here super important that when you

this close basically like in the bubble

a few feet from the other dog that you

spent a lot of time in this spot getting

them comfortable with each other at this

distance so many people they finally get

up to this spot and then they just want

to rush the meeting but this is where

you can really really get a good sense

of how she's feeling about the puppy you

know this is where the dog tries to get

the other dog and you want to make sure

that if Ava's unsure about the puppy at

all you see this here as opposed to when

she's getting up no sue knows with the

other dog so don't rush this part I

can't stress that enough

Ava just kind of tried to look at the

puppy that Abbie grabbed her focus back

super super important that's one thing

that I always say is that if your dog is

trying to get somewhere they're not

ready to go there yet so it's really

important that when we do tell her to go

say hi that's going to be when she

doesn't even want to go and say hello to

the puppy because that means we have the

other dog with us mentally as much as we

possibly can so this is perfect I mean

this is where Ava's really getting like

the smells of the other puppy and Harper

is doing so good

Harper is doing amazing just relaxing

again if this were too much if the puppy

all the sudden you know we're really

lucky because we have two very

controlled settings right here with each

of the dogs so if the puppy started

running around going crazy here barking

and it kind of set Ava off we would go

backwards so don't be afraid to go

backwards in this process if you have to

step for meeting the other dog nose to

nose so as long as everything is

controlled all the way up our next step

is to introduce the DA so when we do

this we want to make sure that Abbie

you're gonna have a VA's attention and

then we're gonna command her to go and

say hello know this is important with

greetings because when we tells the dog

to say go and say hi to the other dog we

are letting her know like okay you don't

have to be the judge of this dog

especially a dog was a past of kind of

feeling threatened of other dogs

associating other dogs with negativity

so we're gonna tell her to go say hi to

let her know like this other dog is okay

so when she does that

very very important that we keep the

introduction as short as possible the

longer Ava would be zoned in on this

puppy the more that negative

associations with the dog could

accumulate we want to avoid that from

happening at all so we're gonna keep the

intros very very short we're gonna go

let let her go and say hi for two

seconds call her back and then depending

on how difficult it was to get her

attention if it was super easy to call

her back will increase so we'll double

the time be two seconds and four seconds

in six seconds if it's very difficult

she's like smelling the puppy and we

have to kind of pull her back when we

call her out of it we're gonna stay at

that two seconds until she gets immune

to the two seconds and is able to come

back when called immediately all right

you guys ready and then praise her for

looking back at you you could kind of

see with her body language to the side

eye contact she was like a little bit

not sure about the puppy so anytime

she's not sure and comes back to you

praise her for that I know it seems

counterintuitive because you're like oh

I want her to be focused on the puppy I

want her to be there just keep her

comfortable looking at you because one

of the number one things that we want

Ava to always now if you feel

uncomfortable about Harper look to me

instead of taking it out on Harper so

we're gonna do that again

there we go yes

good set and good shot miss Harper good

shot that was so good Ava and you

couldn't tell that Ava isn't entirely

comfortable she's kind of backing away a

little bit but that's what you want

instead of her you know taking out

anything on the dog like imagine if she

saw the dog and we just let her walk all

the way up to the dog who knows what

could have happened and in that kind of

state of mind so this introduction went

as smooth as it could possibly go

amazing both of them did so great

oh he's sleepy okay so to recap the

introduction process step one find a

neutral setting to first introduce the

docs step two focus on getting your

older dogs focus as much as you possibly


step three slowly work up to the puppy

giving the older dog a little bit of

mental freedom step four

introducing the dog's nose to nose okay

so now that we've done the introduction

in a neutral setting we are going to go

over how the dogs should transition that

introduction in the house now what's

super important about this is that we

ensure that there's a boundary now

depending on the behavior from both dogs

this boundary introduction period could

last anywhere from an hour to two weeks

so what I mean by that is we really want

to see what Ava's behavior is going to

be like through a boundary so the

puppy's going to be in the crate a pen

will probably put her in a pen just

because she's super chill but if you

know you have a really rambunctious

puppy that would just be going nonstop

in the pen you can do it through the

crate you know this is the most exciting

time but don't rush this I can't stress

that to you or not I have seen so many

people just rush into letting the dog

get together inside the house and you're

just putting in too many variables at

once it's the territorial aspects the

rambunctious --mess of a puppy it's the

personality of the puppy it's a new

puppy coming in to Ava's house that

she's been the only dog in for eight

years so make sure that you view this

process there

slowly and cautiously I mean it's like

two weeks maybe max to ensure that

nothing bad happens between the dogs to

have a lifetime of just being able to

feel at peace that they're getting along

and no stress so I know it seems like a

lot to ask to keep your two dogs

essentially separated and isolated for

possibly two weeks but trust me on this

if one bad thing happens between the two

of them and there's a growl or snap or

something it could backtrack the whole

process so much and you just do not want

that just make sure that they can get

used to each other and the energy of

each other through that boundary before

you do the introduction in the home

without a boundary okay so with the

boundary introduction in the home what

we're looking for is essentially what

Ava is doing just not really caring and

of course Harper is so perfect right now

and she's sleeping so she's really just

allowing Ava to get comfortable with

this other puppy just being there

without all the crazy energy and all

that what you're not always gonna have

so what you would want to do is I mean

this is the best-case scenario honestly

very rarely do I see an older dog does

not care this much but that's exactly

what you want when the older dog is

sniffing through here you want to make

sure to keep those introduction periods

through the boundary very short as well

so again if she was over here if they

were sniffing nose-to-nose Abbey collar

yes and just praised her for being able

to snap out of it so we're really

looking for that self-control from the

older dog to be able to snap out of that

state and a really good judge of you

know how okay she is is when when Abby

said Ava she looked instantly if the dog

doesn't come instantly you're gonna want

to pull her back on the leash Ava

definitely we can take the leash off so

notice we started with the leash on with

the boundary as controlled as possible

and then we'll try to give a little bit

more and more mental freedom so it's

always easier to be a lot stricter and

beginning and then let the dogs have

more freedom than the mistake that

people make of too much freedom in the

beginning have something go wrong then

you have to go backwards and then your

dogs can only coexist like on leashes

together so always always best to do it

this way just to ensure that everything

stays very controlled and positive and

you might think like oh there's really

no need to be like calling her and

checking in because she doesn't care but

that's great we just want to check off

everything and make sure that the dog is

completely comfortable just before going

to that next step so this is amazing

we'll see how Ava does through the

boundary when the puppy wakes up and has

a little bit more energy that will be a

really good test at how fast she can

snap out of her focus on the puppy and

again that's just really important

because when they are out together you

want to make sure that you can get Ava's

focus off of her instantly if there's

like a growl something is threatening

her about the about Harper we want to be

able to take her focus off of Harper so

that nothing escalates really instantly

and just constantly calling Ava back you

know keeping her focus back on you just

ensures again that she has a lot of

self-control and is just with us

mentally that entire time