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Old 31-01-2007, 02:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi ya, I was wondering whether anyone can give any advice on the best way to introduce a puppy to other dogs, when the dogs are in their own home.

Milly is a bit late in socialising, due to problems with her vaccinations, but in a weeks time she'll be raring to go. I want to take her to my brother's who has two springers.

Is it going to cause any problems though if Milly meets them on their own territory? Or would this be a good test for her?

The springers are friendly and get on well with other dogs.

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TBH when we introduced Ruby to known easy dogs we just brought her into the house - my mums old Collie who is 14 (13 when Ruby was teeny) just sniffed her and that was it.

My training school when Ruby was teeny recommended that we put the older dog on a lead and so the puppy can get away but not sure that sounds right to me now. :?
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Thanks Vicky,

I think when I take her to meet my brothers dog i'll keep her on a lead just incase they don't like the idea of another dog in their home. But if all is ok after a few minutes I'll let her off.
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By keeping her on a lead you will be restricing her natural doggy body language. If, as you say the springers are good with other dogs I would imagine they will have a good sniff of her and then get involved in a game with her, or walk away because they are not in the mood to play.

Meeting new dogs should always, where possible be done off lead to ensure that they can communicate appropriately between the 2 dogs with no human interaction - we are not dogs, so what we may view as aggressive/submissive behaviour could really be the total opposite.

Just take her to your brothers and perhaps let all the dogs in the garden and let them get on with it - if Molly gets a little bolshy let the springers tell her off - they wont hurt her but they will tell her off better than you will :wink:
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Old 31-01-2007, 02:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi Sarah, I never thought about the body language. Sorry not done this before!

I'll do that then, let them play in the garden together and sort each other out :wink:

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I am sure they will be just fine :wink:
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Old 31-01-2007, 06:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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" By keeping her on a lead you will be restricing her natural doggy body language. Meeting new dogs should always, where possible be done off lead to ensure that they can communicate appropriately "

I have to say I respectfully disagree. there is a certain period, maybe a few seconds, maybe a few minutes where infact it is very prudent for safety sake to check inital reaction to two newly meeting dogs.

Vicky actually suggested that the OLDER dogs were put on a lead for a brief time to gauge their inital reaction. NOT the puppy. This would be a very sensible approach. The minute you see that neither are going to immediately wade in and give her a bashing they can come off, but caution should be used with young puppies as, friendly as they are, we do not know how well socialised the Springers are with PUPPIES and caution can only be a good thing in moderation.

After an inital sniff, prod and maybe a few mutters to say 'behave youngster!' by all means let them rock and roll, but just initally, the older dog will not have any body language restricted by being on a lead, his vocal, facial, body and tail motions will all be natural BUT the owners will have ultimate emergency control 'just in case'.

BTW - as an aside, if the Springers are both up to date vaccinated and you know this for sure, then by all means don't wait for your dog to finish its jabs, get it over there as soon as possible. Your pup will only possibly run into problems meeting unvaccinated dogs whilst she is going through her own innoculations.

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Hi Di, Thanks for replying.

They are fully vaccinated, with annual boosters, so I will get her over there as soon as possible.

I will commence with caution.

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Hi Gill,

I'd agree with Di, and also say to help Milly catch up with her socialisation and education, try to find as many people as possible, with friendly dogs, who will let her play with them in a safe environment and taking the precautions mentioned above.

You cannot over-socialise her and knowing how to read the body language of other dogs is an invaluable tool for her in later life. Adult dogs will be quite tolerant of her mistakes as a puppy, but less so when she is an adult.

Hope she has fun with the springers.
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Hi, just an update.. everything went fine on Milly's first introduction to dogs. We kept her on the lead for a couple of minutes so that they sussed each other out then they were let off and played in the garden together.

Its funny when you watch puppies. They have so much energy, that when an older dog wants to sit down and relax, she goes upto them and smacks them around the face with her paw, as if to say so no sleeping on the job

She been socialised a lot since then. Thankfully we can now start to take her out for walks. Hurrah.

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