As a pet sitter, I am always introducing a new dog to my pack, and I was recently asked by a pet parent how do I go about doing such introduction, so I decided to share this information and experience with other pet parents and perhaps get some feedback as well.
This evening, after dinner, Cynthia and I took Alex, our dog, Walter and Dexter, furry boarders, for a nice walk. Walter stays with us very often so he is used to Alex, but Dexter, a Boxer mix, is the new kid on the block, therefore we needed to do a proper introduction.
I started by taking Dexter for a long walk as soon as his mom dropped him off. I walked him for about 10 minutes, and I then asked Cynthia to bring out Walter to join our walk. After about 25 minutes, during this time they were not allowed to interact with each other for all I wanted was to walk as one pack, we went to a grassy area so they can sniff each other and observe their body language while they are both on a leash. They were both relaxed and curious about each other which is what you want to see. I asked Cynthia to now bring Alex out while I walked Walter and Dexter. Once Alex and Cynthia joined us, we walked for another 20 minutes. Before heading home, we let them go to a grassy area to do their “business” and sniff each other again, and then proceeded to go straight home.
The walk we do as a pack is extremely important when I am introducing a new dog to my pack and this is what I do every time a new dog joins us. I also like to observe their body language during our walk and while they are interacting with each other for any signs of aggression.
They were all tired after our walk and decided to take a well-deserved nap. What a hard live my canine companions have, don’t you think?