This blog was written by PennySaverUSA.com staffer Helen, a dog fanatic and owner of two dogs
Meet Nelly and Handsome, my two Australian Cattle Dog mixes. They look like they get along right? Not!
We adopted Handsome a little over a year ago when he was a puppy. He weighed about 6 pounds and Nelly wanted nothing to do with him. Since then, I’ve learned from my mistakes and at last there is some peace in my life.
Introduce the dogs in a neutral territory
When I first brought home the puppy, he was so cute that I couldn’t wait to show Nelly. I brought him up in a blanket and let him lay on her. That was a bad idea. Nelly was not into it and Handsome became extremely attached. After taking the dogs out of the house more, I found that the puppy became more tolerable in neutral territory, when he wasn’t invading Nelly’s space. When we moved to a new home, I made it a point to introduce my dogs to the neighbor’s dogs in the neighborhood park, rather than a driveway or in someone’s yard. This definitely let the dogs get to know each other in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Walk your dogs together
For some reason, I used to think it was a good idea to walk my two dogs separately. First the puppy, then the big one. It was a terrible idea. When I would take the puppy and leave Nelly, Nelly would start wailing. And even worse when I took Nelly and left the puppy. Let’s just say, that’s how we found out he was a howler. When I finally decided to walk them together, it was pretty bad. They would be pulling me in different directions. But, as every trainer will tell you, practice makes perfect. We went on longer walks so the dogs would get used to each other and it became a ritual for us. The great thing is, after a long walk, they get so tired that they won’t have any energy to fight!
Don’t favor one over the other
Sibling rivalry exists, even with dogs! Be sure not to fuel it by favoring one dog over the other. Whenever I feed the dogs, I always make sure that they’re getting equal portions. And when it comes to treat time, both dogs have to sit before they are rewarded with a treat.
Letting them play
Whenever I take the dogs to the dog park, they play. They will wrestle until they’re bored with each other. The great thing about having more than one dog is, they will keep themselves occupied. So throw a ball, or a chew toy at them and let them go at it!