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Introducing a New Puppy into a Home with an Existing Pet


It was November and I had spent 3 months searching for just the right puppy. Finally we had found what we considered to be the perfect one. Luckily she was already 7 weeks old so she could already be separated from her mother. I was so excited when we brought her home, our new addition to the family. I made sure I had all the required supplies; food and water dishes, food, a bed and a crate. We were ready. The fact that we already had a cat never really caused me much concern. I figured they would give each other a good sniff and surely it would not take long for them to become the best of friends and live happily ever after. I had visions of our little puppy all curled up with our cat in front of the fireplace.

Reality hit when I walked into our house carrying a crate with our newest family member inside. Our dog is a female so I will use she when referring to a dog. The cat seemed a little curious so in a moment of obvious brain freeze I took the puppy out of the crate to introduce the two. Our cat in a split second armed herself for battle. The hair was straight up making her look like I had just taken her out of the dryer and she started hissing and growling as if her opponent was a rottweiler rather than a puppy that could fit in my hand. The poor puppy could barely walk so she just fell into a ball and shivered and whimpered. I'm sure that as soon as we removed the dog and put her back in her crate, the cat went to her bed and stated plotting a way to have the new puppy just suddenly "disappear" like getting flushed down the toilet. She considered herself to be the queen of the household and it was obvious that there was going to be a battle for the crown. Boy had I called this meeting wrong! In an attempt to help you avoid a similar situation I'm going to outline a few pointers as to what you SHOULD do when you introduce your new puppy to your resident pet. This information comes from research done concerning raising a puppy, unfortunately the how to introduce guidelines would have been much more beneficial if found BEFORE the actual deed was done.

Firstly the introduction must be done slowly. If possible take a towel and rub the new puppy with it then bring it home and put it somewhere that your resident pet will frequent and be able to smell. This will also work if you take something that has the scent of your existing pet on it and put it in the carrier you bring your new puppy home in. When you first bring a new animal into your home she should stay quarantined from the other animals until it has seen the vet. Once she has seen the vet you will still need to keep her separate from the other animals. Allow the animals to smell the new puppy from under the door so they may become to each other. After a few days to a week you can try the introduction but make sure you are close in case you have to take on the roll of referee. If there is some growling or paw raising don't interfere unless of course you feel your puppy is in danger.

If your puppy is being crate trained you can put her back in the crate and continue to take her out for short intervals to spend time with the other animal. Make sure the amount of time you let them spend together is increased gradually. Most importantly never leave the two animals alone and be sure to flood the resident animal with love and attention so they feel secure in their place in the family. This will greatly reduce the risk of having the new puppy take a whirl in the toilet. If you want all animals to live in harmony you have to be patient and let the animals deal with each other in their own way and on their own time.

Cass Hope has been a writer for over 5 years. Cass regularly contributes to online and offline publications in a variety of areas. She also teaches classes in basic obedience for puppies. She is currently sponsoring this site: http://www.1st4dog-training.info

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When it comes to heated divorce, pets aren't people too  The Associated Press

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What Will Become of the Pandemic Pets?  The New Yorker

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East Bay pets of the week for June 25  East Bay Times

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Arizona shelter battles to stretch resources for pets forced to evacuate from wildfires  KVOA Tucson News

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Workplace Guidelines for Pet-Friendly Office Post-COVID  The National Law Review

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Essential oils are popular, but can be highly dangerous for pets  Marin Independent Journal

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OmegaQuant launches Omega-3 Index test for pets  Nutritional Outlook

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Derek Hough Reveals His Dog's Celebrity Twin and Why His Four Pets Are 'the Loves' of His Life  PEOPLE

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How to Tell If a Plant Is Toxic to Pets Before You Buy It  Lifehacker

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Practical tips for moving with pets | News | norfolkdailynews.com  Norfolk Daily News

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For AARF, social media became a lifeline to help more pets find homes  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

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Animal food bank helps pets and owners navigate food insecurity  KVOA Tucson News

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Summer is officially here in Vermont: How to keep pets safe while the weather is hot  Burlington Free Press

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Beowoof Provisions for Pets in Kalamazoo - mlive.com  MLive.com

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Tails Wagging over Launch of Pet Supplies Plus Autoship Subscription Program  PRNewswire

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7 tips to keep your pets safe during the July Fourth celebration  News 12 Bronx

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The Best Early Pet Deals for Amazon Prime Day 2021 | PEOPLE.com  PEOPLE

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The Internet’s Exotic Pets, and the People Who Love Them  The New York Times

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TikTok Pet Test: Is Your Pet Smart?  WFXB

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Homebound seniors in Lake County can receive pet food deliveries on monthly basis  News 5 Cleveland

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Pandemic Pet Adoptions Add To Chewy’s Tailwinds, But Is Sustainability In Store?  Forbes

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Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Gin  TAPinto.net

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Sen. Brodeur: Puppy sales at pet stores must end | Commentary  Orlando Sentinel

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Shelter pets moved: 55 cats, dogs flown from Louisiana to Ypsilanti  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Pet boarding facility reaches maximum capacity  WXOW.com

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Pets of the week: Hal is mellow. Hallie likes to hug.  MLive.com

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Pets of the week: Cute Kittens? We’ve got ’em!  The Willits News

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Help homeless pets in Broward County  WPLG Local 10

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Champ, Presidential Pet German Shepherd, Dies at 13  The New York Times

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Adoption event aims to find homes for hundreds of pets  KRQE News 13

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Is COVID-19 more common in pets than we previously thought?  Medical News Today

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Pet of the Week: Meet Avril  The Gazette

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Pets can get in on Prime Day 2021 with Chewy's huge Blue Box event  USA TODAY

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Mobile home destroyed, multiple pets killed in Millport fire  WENY-TV

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Be aware! Rattlesnakes are out and biting people and pets  FOX 31 Denver

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After 42 years, Westwood Pet Center in Bethesda closing its doors  BethesdaMagazine.com

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Deputy kills pet chimp in Pendleton after owner attack  KOIN.com

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Protix Invests in Pet Health, Hires Global Commercial Director of Petfood  Pet Age

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Welcome to West Bank’s Pet Palace  Yahoo News

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Clues and claws: meet the ace pet detectives  The Guardian

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Vets Go Upscale to Care for Pets (and Their Owners)  The New York Times

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Pet of the Day: Lilly  WQOW TV News 18

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Heat Wave Serves as Reminder for Pet Safety  Malibu Times

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From Tamagotchi to ‘Nintendogs’: Why People Love Digital Pets  WIRED

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11 pets killed in early morning house fire caused by fireworks  FOX5 Las Vegas

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Pet Advice: Managing cognitive decline in aging pets  KSNT News

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Why some urge adopters to give older pets a second chance at life  Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption  Tampa Bay Times

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Pet parents admit to caring more for pets than themselves  KVOA Tucson News

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Pets of the Week | ClarksvilleNow.com  Clarksville Now

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Harris County Pets waiving adoption fees for packed shelter  KPRC Click2Houston

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Having a ruff day? FM area bars, restaurants open patios to pets for a pawsome experience  INFORUM

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Cicadas and pets: What to do if your cat or dog eats them  NPR

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PetSmart Launches New Brand Platform Celebrating The Pet Lover In Us All  PRNewswire

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6 Tips For Getting Your Dog Ready For Your Return To The Office  NPR

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Pets at Home hits £1bn sales record as lockdowns spur ‘pet baby boom’  The Guardian

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Pet ownership surged during COVID-19. Veterinarians are exhausted.  The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Parasites pose greater risk to pets in 2021  American Veterinary Medical Association

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How to find a pet tardigrade and care for it  Boing Boing

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90 Day Fiancé: Mike & Natalie's Unhygienic Pet Rat Disgusts Fans  Screen Rant

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Pet peeves result from previous columns | News, Sports, Jobs  The Adirondack Daily Enterprise

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These top pet-friendly hotels welcome furry guests with gusto  CNN

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Dog Pound Pet of the Week  Hillsboro Times Gazette

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My Heart Is Melting After Looking At These 24 Celebrities And Their Pets  BuzzFeed

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Tampa Bay area pets hoping to find forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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The History of Adopting Pets from Shelters  TIME

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