Introducing A New Dog To Your Home — Make it Stress-Free!

February 17, 2018 in Articles


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Contemplating Introducing A New Dog To Your Home?

Are you thinking of introducing a new dog to your home? Or maybe a new cat? The answer may be “Yes” but you are somewhat concerned about how your original pet or pets may react to the new addition. This is a concern that many pet owners battle with and wonder if it would be wise to add another pet to their home. This very thought crossed my mind in the past.

In August of 2017, I lost my very best friend and still cry today when I think about her. My precious, smart, beautiful, loving and kind dog of 15 years left us, and we were all heartbroken, especially me! This dog was the most special dog I have ever had the pleasure of spending my years with! I had a special bond with this dog. Do not get me wrong: I loved (and do love) ALL of my pets VERY much! So after some time, I thought (long and hard) whether or not we should bring a new pet into our home. Six months later, we are the proud pet parents of 2 pups! There were times when I had just 1 dog, 2 dogs, or even 4 dogs.  Most of the time, we had both dogs and cats living together in harmony!  I believe that following the advice I’ll be sharing with you in this article will work.  It has worked well for me and so many others!


Finding Your Dog A New Best Friend Forever

Okay, so you have decided that you want to go ahead and introduce a new dog to your home. You really want to find your loving pup a new BFF — it is something that you believe will make your dog happy which, in turn, will cause you to be happy. (This principle can also apply to introducing a new cat!) Since animals survive by protecting themselves and their resources (food) in the wild, it’s just natural for them to feel threatened when another pet enters the home. Do not dismay — it is possible for this to work.  Just follow the tips offered here.

Best Buddies

Provide A Safe Meeting Place

A very good (and safe) way to introduce your old (your current dog) and the new dog is to have them meet in an open space (such as your backyard or a park).  Be sure that both of the dogs are leashed and slowly have them sniff each other and meet.  It is much safer this way, rather than having your new dog meet your current dog in his or her favorite room in the house!

New cats can be brought home in their carrier or crate and have them stay there for a few days, with their own water, food, litter box, and toys. In this way, the new cat will become accustomed to the scents in your home, and the older pets will begin to adjust to the sounds the new cat makes and also their scents. 

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Show Some Extra TLC And Avoid Food Fights

Since you do not want your original fur baby to feel left out and no longer loved, you will want to now spend some extra time giving more TLC than you normally do.  This should include playing with your current dog for a longer time than usual and giving more hugs (you can never give too many hugs or kisses)! In this way, your dog will realize that he or she is still very important to you and will not be as jealous when the new dog is introduced to your home. Remember that you can also give a treat as a reward, but do not overdo it with the treats because too many will put on those extra pounds, which you do not want.

You will want to avoid food fights between your dogs or your dogs and cats. A good way to do this would be to have your kitties eat their food in a separate room from your dogs (where the dogs cannot gain access).  Even putting the cats’ bowls in an elevated place, like on top of the washing machine so that Fido cannot devour it before your cat even gets a chance to start nibbling.  I know that my former, precious, fur baby used to listen to everything I asked — except with sneaking down the cat food, which was not healthy for her! For the dogs, you will want to keep them in different places in the house when they eat, at least until they learn that “this is your bowl of food, and this is her or his bowl of food.”  The same idea goes for the cats … eventually, they learn which is theirs.  It helps when you have a plate for each pet so each one will eat from their respective one.


Go For It … If You Want Another Dog (or Cat)

I know that you may still be contemplating whether you should introduce another dog into your home. As a huge lover of dogs and cats alike, I am confident that, if you give this some time, it will work! Just follow the tips I’ve provided to you in this article; go ahead and bring another precious fur baby into your life and the life of your current dog. Sometimes things may seem a bit too complicated and we get flustered giving it too much thought. When we sit down and rationalize that there are actually ways to overcome the obstacles that may (or do) occur, then it makes things a lot more simple! It also can make your wishes come true; in this case, adding a new dog to home so that your current dog has a buddy to play for many years to come.  So, do not dismay and do not dismiss this idea if you really want another pet in your household. It can surely be done, safely, and with just a little effort on your part! It is my wish that you enjoy many, many happy years with your pets and have them live harmoniously with one another!

Puppy and Kitten Getting Acquainted

Introducing A New Dog To Your Home — Make it Stress-Free!


    1. Hi Cathy. What a wonderful post. You know, I am animal lover regardless of which one it is. I am very sorry to hear about your dear loved one.
      These are some great ideas on how to introduce new animals to your other ones. I do love the idea of letting the 2 dogs meet out in the open like in a big yard or at a park. Letting them test the waters. And great suggestion about the treats. I love all of these ideas. Thank you I am not looking to get another animal anytime soon but I will keep these in mind when I do.

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Melissa,

        I am glad that you enjoyed reading the post and the suggestions that I gave regarding introducing a new pet into your home. They do work if you take the time and have patience.

        That’s great that you will keep these things in mind for when you get a new pet!

        Hope you visit again!

        Thank you.

    2. Hi Cathy
      I’ve had dogs all my life from a child, but always considered them to be “just dogs”, and never wanted to be around cats at all. A few years ago we wound up with a 3 year old Schnauzer that doesn’t seem to be all that smart at times.

      Anyway I have come to really love my dog in ways I never thought possible. But lo and behold 2 kittens showed up a few years ago, and we fell in love with them also. The dog can’t allow himself to like the cats, even though I know he does, but the cats really love the dog.

      Your article about introducing a new dog to your home was really good, and I could relate. However, I hope I don’t need to do that anytime soon. We’ve got about all the dog and cat love we need these days


    3. Cathy says:

      Hello Mike,

      Thanks for the comment! I’ve had a great love for dogs ever since I was 11 years old when my parents brought home my first pet, a beautiful, black German Shephard. Ever since that time, my love for dogs (and cats) grew as the years passed.

      I agree with you that we love them in ways we never thought possible. They are just SO special, for sure!

      You may want to try some of the things I mentioned in the article so that your dog finally comes around and will actually be more friendly towards your cats. It does work, but it requires time and patience. : )

      I’ve had dogs and cats living together in our home for the past 22 years. Sometimes, the dogs were here before the cats and vice versa. I’ve implemented the things mentioned in my article and they do work! With some pets, it takes longer for them to “get acquainted” and not attack each other. While, other times, you pretty do not have to put much effort into getting them to live in harmony with one another.

      Glad you liked the article! Hope you will visit again.


    4. Luke says:

      Great tips Cathy! I have a 13 year old Afghan Hound that is starting to slow down and experiencing some health issues. The thought of losing her is unbearable but it is inevitable as you know.

      So sorry for your loss! I want to acquire another puppy but I’m just not sure that this is the right thing to do. Is it fair to my current dog? Will she feel like she is being replaced?

      There are also two cats in the house and they all seem to get along with my pooch. After reading your article, I do feel more comfortable in bringing a new pup into the house and use your recommendations
      in the greeting process.

      Thank you for sharing,

      • Cathy says:

        Hello, Luke!

        I’m sorry to hear that your precious dog is experiencing health issues. I can see that you love her dearly, and I can certainly relate to this.

        Your dog may actually love having a new canine friend! : ) As you know, puppies are normally very active and playful so you will need to take the steps mentioned to make this transition work smoothly.

        I have several friends who have used large dog kennels for when their dogs sleep at night. I have not used these but they seem to work well. So, if you do get a puppy and you want to have your dog get some peace and quiet at night, you can have the pup sleep in a comfy, large kennel overnight. You will need to be the judge of this, of course! : )

        I’m happy that you feel more at ease (after reading my article) about bringing a new pup into your home.

        Best wishes, and blessings to you and your dog!


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