Adding a Second Dog to Your Family
Observe your dog’s behavior and preferences Is there a particular size or breed your dog tends to get along with at the dog park? Have you noticed if your pup favors males or females? While all dogs – even within the same breed – are individuals, observing your dog’s behavior and preferences will give you a good starting point. Feel free to ask us what types of dogs your pup gets along with at The Doggy Dojo, too!
Select the right dog Once you have an idea of what type of dog will fit in with your family, it’s time to start visiting some local shelters. Adoption volunteers will be happy to provide you with detailed information about each dog’s personality and energy level. For example, you probably won’t want to adopt an assertive dog if your existing pup is already the “alpha dog” at the park. On a similar note, you may want to consider adopting a more low-key pet if your dog is exceptionally rambunctious at home.
Ease into introductions The manner in which you introduce a potential new dog to your current pup is so important. After all, first impressions are everything! To start off, both dogs should be leashed with one person per dog. Walking the two dogs together allows them to interact on neutral ground. At this time, you can allow your dog to sniff his new potential brother or sister. Then switch. If this initial introduction goes smoothly, you can take the dogs to a fenced-in area to interact off-leash.
There are countless dogs awaiting their forever homes right here in Chicago. Once you make the decision to add another member to your family, it’s time to start your search! Browse local shelters and be sure to ask questions about each pup’s temperament and play style to ensure you’ll find a good match. Then, once your new dog is fully acclimated to her new home, bring her in for dog daycare at The Doggy Dojo. Her canine brother or sister will love showing her the ropes and helping her make some new friends. We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family!