You already have a dog, but you have decided to adopt another? Note that the arrival of a new pet into your home cannot be improvised. Today Yummypets gives you some tips to help you with your newcomer.


If you choose to adopt a puppy, be sure to to wait until they are 8 weeks old. Also, be aware that a dog who has spent several weeks with their siblings will be more sociable. If your current dog is a senior dog, they might have some problems accepting an excited puppy. If you prefer to adopt an adult dog, ask about their character and behavior with their peers ahead of time.

Get your dog used to their new companion before they arrive!

As everyone knows, odors  are very important for our furry friends. Give your dog a piece of fabric with the smell of their future friend on it before they meet!

The first meeting

Although some dogs easily accept new companions, some precautions must be taken. During the first few days, separate your dogs during meal time. This will prevent the new dog from eating from your current dog's bowl.

If you want to cuddle your new dog, do not do it in front of your other dog, as it might make them jealous.

If during the first meeting, your dog growls or barks, do not worry because it is part of the discovery process.


If you adopt a puppy, a relationship with the older dog should be calm because the older dog will be their natural superior. However, growing up, they may question their authority.

As long as the situation is safe for both dogs, the owner should not interfere or the natural hierarchical order would be disturbed. Behavioral problems could then occur.

We hope that these tips will be helpful! If you have adopted a second dog, share your experience with us in the comments below.

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