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6 Helpful Tips to keep the peace in a multi-dog household.
As dog lovers, who have adorable canines in our homes, we truly do, love being surrounded by our four legged furry friends.
They complete our homes and our hearts! We treasure, all the laughs, the fun, the walks and ofcourse, the snuggles!
We can’t get enough of the love!
& Sometimes one just isn’t enough!!
Whether you're just considering about expanding your furry family or just wanting to learn how to manage your current wolf pack, these tips are useful for everyone!
We can all agree that there are a lot of benefits to having more than just one fur baby in your home!
…Having multiple dogs is beneficial in so many ways! Here is just a list of some of them!
As lovely as it is, It's also a lot of hard work!
Pet owners that DO have more than one dog in their homes know that sometimes, it can be stressful!!! it may even feel a bit...chaotic!!
Are you ready to be the "Pack Leader" in your home?
No Need To Stress!! There are ways to help keep the peace!!
We've got 6 Helpful tips
on how to get rid of the chaos
& bring the structure into your multidog home!
1. Create A Comfortable and Careful Introduction
Remember Dogs feed off our energy! If you're nervous, it's more likely that your dogs will become nervous, which is NOT something you want while you're trying to introduce a new member of the pack, this may lead to aggression!
Be sure to create a safe and positive space for the first time meeting!
2. Don't Pick Favourites!!
Just like you wouldn’t single out a child as a favorite, you shouldn’t do it with dogs either!
Every dog should receive an equal amount of affection!
Especially when it comes to cuddling and belly rubs, leave no dog unloved!
This can lead to aggression through jealousy and or an unestablished power struggle within the pack. You should be the leader of the pack and give out equal attention, gaining respect from all of your dogs!
3. Training, Training, Training!!!
When managing multiple dogs, having universal commands that both dogs will easily understand (commands/basic obedience) sets a better structure and gives you more control over your pups!
Get on top of basic obedience training as soon as a new dog enters the household. Every dog should obey your commands and know that you are in charge.
If your dogs are properly trained and exhibit good doggy manners, you’ll find that your multi dog household will run smoother.
Feeding time manners are a must!! Sitting and waiting to be fed shows respect and self control!!
Dogs must be separated for feeding time, initially. Over time together they could develop a wonderful level of trust for one another, but this can't be forced. Let them eat in their own spaces until they are really comfortable with one another.
One aggressive encounter during feeding time can really set their relationship back and could take months or more to fix.
They must feel like they have their own space to eat their food without having to worry about their pal eating their leftovers!!
if you already have a dog who knows these commands, he or she may be able to teach the new dog a thing or two!
4. Monitor Playtime
For dogs, wrestling, play biting, tugging and grabbing necks is all part of the game.
You need to be watching to ensure that play time doesn’t escalate to fight time.
Be aware of the dogs’ energy and bring it down to a manageable level if you feel that it could escalate.
This will help the dogs develop self-control and lead to well behaved play time in the future.
Healthy play is encouraged and is great for dogs learning to interact with others and detect other dogs body language!
The benefit of having more than one dog in your household, is that they have one another to tire each out!
Remember secondary dog is NOT a substitution for daily walks/exercise!
Your pups will still need daily activity/exercise!!!
5. Watch Your Dog's Body Language
Learn your Aggression and Calming Signals!!
Knowing these will help you detect a situation before it occurs, they'll also let you know how your pet is feeling!!
Here are the most common signs of aggression in dogs:
What are Dog Calming Signals?
Calming Signals are a set of communication skills our dogs have to resolve conflict. In other words, instead of fighting another dog or predator, they display these signs to help their opponent understand they’re not interested in conflict.
Some calming signals include..
6. Lead the pack and claim your dominance!
You want to be the Alpha? You have to act like one!!
Stay calm, dogs can sense your doubt. Act like the alpha of the back and show your dog who is boss.
We hope these tips will be useful for you and your four legged friends!!
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