introducing the new dog

NEW HOME
Introduce your dog to his area as soon as you bring him home. Put his toys in his crate and show him the location of his food and water bowls. Your dog will soon know which special little corner of your house is his. Respect his right to be undisturbed while he is resting, sleeping or eating.
CHILDREN
Many children love puppies and vice versa, but it’s important to teach your children about proper animal care. Introduce your puppy to children gradually during short, supervised periods of time. Children must learn not to pull a dog’s tail or ears, squeeze or poke him, make loud threatening noises or move toward him too rapidly.
YOUR BABY
To a dog, a baby is a totally different creature than a child or adult. A baby smells different to him, and doesn’t look, move or sound like an adult. So it may take more time for your new pet to adjust to a baby. Let your dog smell a piece of the baby’s clothing or a blanket before he meets the baby. On first meeting, the dog and baby should be kept 10 to 15 feet apart and brought close very gradually, a foot at a time.
VISITORS
Introducing your new puppy to visitors is an important part of his socialization. It will help lessen his fear of strangers and help make him friendly. Do not let him jump on people. Give your new dog the command “Sit” and help him into this position. Have a treat ready for his reward and don’t allow guests to pet him until he is “sitting.” Have him hold this position while being greeted. This will help him learn how to accept greetings and praise calmly.

OTHER PETS
(To older dogs) When an older dog meets a puppy or new dog, it is advisable to have both pets on leashes. Do not leave them alone together until you are sure they are comfortable with one another. A puppy or young adult can be too rambunctious for some older dogs or be easily intimidated by a much larger dog. (To a cat) If you are introducing your new dog to a cat, consider putting a wire or mesh gate in a doorway. This lets the two animals get acquainted, while allowing the cat to jump out if she needs to get away from the puppy. Do not allow the dog to chase or bark at the cat; this might cause fear or anxiety.