First impressions matter! How the dogs interact in their first encounter together can set the tone for their relationship.
Start by letting them get to know each other slowly and carefully. Begin by walking the dogs together on the leash, keeping a distance (about 10 feet) apart so they can’t greet each other or stare. This will allow them to acclimate to each other’s presence without causing tension.
Have them meet on a leash in a nonthreatening neutral area. Keep both dogs on a leash but keep the leash loose while you remain relaxed. A tight leash may communicate that you are fearful or anxious which in turn makes the dog more fearful and anxious.
Allow the dogs to meet with leashes dragging but avoid confined areas like gates, doorways, or small spaces- the more room they have to move about the less tension they will feel. Wait two minutes while they sniff each other then call them away. If they play nicely and its going well let them play for a few minutes, then call them away. Always ending the initial session on a positive note!
Introduce the dogs to the house only after they have had a successful meeting outside. Take the resident dog out to the yard and bring the new dog inside. This helps the resident dog to behave less territorial once he is brought back into the house with the new dog. Keep the interaction short and pleasant. If signs of tension occur, separate the dogs immediately and try again later.
When introducing a puppy to an adult dog use the same steps as listed above. If the puppy is less than 6 months, both the dog and puppy may need frequent breaks from each other.
Finally, if you are not confident or comfortable, at any point, please seek help from a relationship based trainer who has ample experience with dog to dog interactions. And remember, Clumber Spaniels have a very long memory, so let’s make it a long lasting, positive first impression.
Stay well, stay safe!
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