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I Need Your Help . . . Introducing a New Puppy to Existing Dog!

You may recognize the pooch on the left as the sometimes mischievous B-Bop. Well, this lucky dog just got a new lil sister, the equally adoro Rocksy (short for Rocksteady) – what a musical family!However, Renees3 is worried about what kind of not-so-lovely tunes these two will create when left to their own devices alone. She writes:

Do you have any tips for helping to introduce Rocksy to our current two-year-old dog? I want to make it as easy and calm as possible for him. He has full run of the house while we're gone, but I can't trust a puppy to not get into things. Is it OK to crate (or contain) one and not the other?

I definitely think it's a great idea to give the new pup her own crate/exercise pen where she can escape and adjust to her new lifestyle and family – it's not a good idea to leave strange pups alone together regardless. Other than that I've never experienced this problem firsthand so that's where all of you come in: Anyone with multiple pet households, please share stories or suggestions to help this process go smoothly in your comments below.

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Renees3 Renees3 7 years
Thanks for all the advice! So far so good! We've been crating her and separating them when we're not around. Luckily, B-Bop is doing better then expected! Now the only problem is getting Rocksy used to her crate. B-Bop loves his after just a couple days, but Rocksy still cries a lot. Needless to say lots of lack of sleep for me! But they're awesome, and i love having them both. Yay for doggies! She's got so much energy I'm still looking for one of those busy balls, I think she'll like that!
jw2 jw2 7 years
We just got a new puppy in December and had to introduce him to our 2 other dogs. Our older dog was great, our little dog needed a little time to learn he was no longer the "baby". At first there was a lot of growling and hiding from the new puppy, but we let them work it out as long as they weren't hurting each other. It took a couple of weeks, but now they are bff and do everything together. I DEFINITELY recommend crate training. Our new puppy LOVES his crate. He is in there whenever we aren't watching him carefully and he loves sleeping in there every night and plays in it even when we have him out. Just recently we have started leaving the new puppy out during the day to play with the other dogs. We started with a couple of hours at a time to make sure the new puppy behaved and the other two dogs were okay with it. Just this week they have spent all day together for 3 days this week and they are doing great. Go slow, give them time to adjust. They may not like each other at first, but give them time, space, supervision and lots of love. Praise all of them for their good behavior. Walking them together is a great idea. Also be sure they each have their own space they can escape to if they need to. Sometimes we all need our own space and downtime, no matter how much we love one another. Good luck! Those are 2 cute puppies!
moonlissa moonlissa 7 years
I am thinking about getting a friend for Sadie Grace. She is not territorial at all. I think it will be more traumatic for me than for her! She just wants to play with any pup that comes to her house. I am lucky that she will share space, toys, food...anything.
ladyr ladyr 7 years
Oh, and walking the dogs together is a very important part of the bonding experience! They are on neutral territory and moving together in the same direction. Very positive!
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
oh and Auggie hasn't had a problem with any other puppies since then. My sister in law just got a puppy and he "puts up" with her much better than he ever did with Sam....but Sammy needed the training!
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
I've done this recently, and it can be A LOT of work. We started by introducing the two dogs to each other even before the second came home. Then when we went to pick up the Sammy we brought Auggie with us, so that is where they met. The car ride home was quite difficult. (We hadn't yet gotten them a car seat) I would suggest having two people with you, one to hold or calm each dog and a third to drive. We tried everything to keep them calm in the car, but Auggie the older one went nuts trying to attack Sammy....It was then that he realized Sammy was here to stay I also worried us a little. But I was trying to control them both by myself while my husband drove which was nearly a disaster. He ended up having to hold Auggie b/c Sammy started crying and needing more attention, def. not safe. I would by all means recomend bringing the first dog to pick up the second, but plan for help in the car just in case. From their meetings we didn't think there would be a problem!! At home gradually introduce them to each other in small supervised doses. It took A LOT of work to calm Auggie down around Sammy during the first few days. He must have been incredibly confused with what was going on. We tried letting them sniff each other through closed doors and made sure to keep their toys as separate as possible. We also gave Auggie special privileges at first, like sleeping in the bed, something he wasn't allowed to do very often. Just so he knew he was still important. Gradually increase the length of the supervised meetings, depending on how they do with each other. For us, this was a very slow and worrisome process, so just be prepared for it to go either way. We both took a few days off of work to help with this process. We also continued to give Auggie the run of the house when we did go back to work while Sammy was in his play pen. Sammy didn't like this one bit, our neighbor actually tried to break into our house b/c he was crying all day long and she thought he had hurt himself....he was just lonely. That was the hardest part for Sammy, he came home to another dog, but was still "alone" for part of the day. Auggie got used to being at home by himself more easily b/c their were no other dogs their to tease him!! However, despite our difficulties getting the two dogs acquainted with each other, they are now best buds and cry if we ever separate them. We knew they were going to be ok when Auggie marked Sammy after about 2 weeks. (Yes full on marking....Sammy got a nice bath for that!)
ladyr ladyr 7 years
When we got a new puppy a few years ago, we crated him in a separate room from our other dog when we were not there to supervise. We did this for safety reasons, potty training reasons, and general house manners training reasons (not chewing up our stuff, staying off the furniture, etc.). The great thing about the crate is that they can't misbehave when you are not there to correct it. This makes the learning process much less confusing for puppy. Our pup never became destructive (except to his toys) and was successfully potty trained very quickly. I believe that this was largely due to our positive approach to crate training. In the early months, we also put him in there for naps sometimes since puppies need extra sleep just like babies, and our other dog (who was herself only 9 months old when we got the 2nd one) wanted to play with him all the time at first. When we put him in his crate for a nap, she would usually go take a nap too. When we returned home or got him up from a nap, we always took the dogs outside together and brought them back in together. One mistake you do not want to make: Do NOT use the crate for punishment. We did put our other dog in there sometimes when she misbehaved as a puppy and, while she still doesn't mind sleeping in her crate, she does not have as positive an association with it as our 2nd dog does. Congratulations on your new puppy and best of luck!
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
don't have any advice, but i just wanted to say how much i love those names! :) gotta love TMNT
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
Always, ALWAYS introduce new dogs to existing dogs by having them meet in neutral territory. If you don't, the dog you've had will feel threatened by another dog in its territory. When you leave the alone at home, think about getting baby gates and putting B-Bop in one room and Rocksy in another. This will help desensitize B-Bop to Rocksy but prohibit him from trying to kill Rocksy if he feels threatened. Make sure to leave plenty of toys in each room and for Rocksy, make sure to leave pee pads if he hasn't been house trained. When they become more used to each other, take away the baby gates. Crating one dog and not the other may create jealousy and even hatred. It's either both crated or neither! You can also consider buying nanny cams so you know what the two are doing when you're away and spot and correct problems.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Too cute. I see nothing wrong with crating the puppy. He'll have to learn the order of things in the house just like B-Bop has. Just remember, if they ever get into a serious fight, don't get between them. I know they are little, but they can still hurt you. Throw a blanket over one of them or a laundry basket.
sjivs131 sjivs131 7 years
They are both SO adorable! I think its definitely a good idea to crate the little pup, and let the older one go about his normal routine. I wouldn't feel safe leaving them alone until they really get used to each other. Our trainer told us, when introducing our pup to another family dog, that dogs will always establish their own hierarchy amongst themselves, and nothing you will do to force it can help. They'll work it out on their own, and be two cuties together!
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