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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Introducing a New Dog




   AmigosYou’ve decided to bring home a companion for Fido, who has been your best (and only) buddy for several years. How do you make the transition from a one-dog to a two-dog, family?


First, introduce Fido and Fluffy on neutral territory—at a park or a friend’s yard. Enlist a friend to help you so that each of you controls one dog. Keep them both on-leash even if they seem accepting of one another. If, after about fifteen minutes, they’ve been engaging in respectful play, drop the leashes and observe them.


If the dogs exhibit signs of anxiety, keep them separate and at a distance from one another. Gradually decrease the space between them so they become accustomed to one another’s presence and no longer appear fearful or assertive.

   Keep working with both dogs until you can safely bring them onto Fido’s turf. Remember, a dog that has claimed territory as his own may not willingly accept an intruder.

   My book, Training Your Dog with Love and Compassion is available on, Amazon Kindle, and In it, you will find the answers to many of your training and behavior questions.

   It is also available at the Gloucester City Public Library.

 Pictured, Dawn Watson, Miguel Perez, and Brandy

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson, Owner,

Miguel Perez, Trainer

Brother of the Wolf, LLC