Bringing home a new puppy

Well today is the first annual Tayla Day. We are currently driving to the airport to pick up Tayla. In about half an hour a drugged up little husky will be flying into Adelaide Airport.

We’ve been doing a lot to get prepared for bringing Tayla home and we think we have it all worked out. Here’s a few of the things we’ve considered:

The Resident Dog (Logan)

In all of the excitement of the new puppy it is easy to forget the needs of the resident dog. But considerations to the resident dog can make the whole process much easier.

For your resident dog to accept the new dog it is important that the resident sees how the new dog will benefit him. The new dog needs to be seen as a new playmate and a good addition to the dogs life.

The resident dog needs to get as much attention as he got before the new dog, he needs to have as many toys and get played with just as much as before the new dog came along. When the new dog comes into the home the resident dog needs to be able to retreat to their own bed for some space.

If the new dog is seen as taking attention or belongings away from the resident dog then some resentment may develop and territorial behaviors may emerge.

Introducing the dogs

The way that you introduce a new dog to the resident dog is very important for the wellbeing of both dogs. A well planned introduction can help to make the new dog comfortable, reduce any territorial behavior from the resident and reduce the likelihood of any unfortunate incidents.

Introduce the dogs at a neutral location. Walking the new dog into your living room will force the resident dogs territorial instincts to kick in, especially with two male dogs. It is best to introduce the dogs in a park or on an oval where neither dog has been before. This way neither dog can be seen as the ‘intruder’.

Anyone else expecting new dogs soon? How bout have experience introducing new dogs to resident dogs?

Watch this space, lots of photos coming soon 🙂

4 thoughts on “Bringing home a new puppy

  1. I have a 6 week old husky and she’s waking up about every two hours during the night! How long will this last? And sometimes it’s every hour, and I have researched and some say that squirting in the face with a water bottle to discipline will work?

    1. The squirting in the face thing is generally used for other issues that require a quick response, for example jumping on counters, snapping, etc. Waking up and barking during the night is common for puppies, and is often due to the pups not being use to sleeping alone, being away from it’s mother, etc. Squirting may work, but given the circumstances probably isn’t the nicest thing to do.

      When we got Tayla I actually set up next to her crate for a couple of nights. She would wake up in the middle of the night, see me there, and then go back to sleep. If you don’t want to resort to that you could always set her bed up in your bedroom so that she is able to see you when she wakes up.

      From what I’ve seen it usually lasts between a few days, to maybe a week or two. Given that your pup is so young I’m not surprised that you are having this problem. Pups are usually kept with their mothers a few weeks longer than that.

  2. We have two huskies in our home. one a female the other a male. The grandson wants a puppy,not a huskie but a slightly smaller breed of dog. Is this an ok idea? What should we expect?

    1. So long as the new puppy is introduced to the household properly I don’t think it would be an issue. I’ve seen husky households get new kittens, babies, etc without too many issues, so a smaller dog should be fine.

      Good luck.

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