Have you been contemplating on getting a new dog in addition to the one you have? Although getting another dog may help give more life to your older dog as he will now have a companion to play with and entertain each other. However, at the same time, it may be difficult for some to accept the new dog. Regardless of the situation, it will take time and the proper steps to help both get adjusted to each other. Read on to see what you can do to help your older dog adjust to the newcomer.
In most cases, dogs normally will get along with each other. It is common for the older dog to growl or ignore the younger puppy to show the newcomer that he is the boss and that he was there first. In most cases, the newer dog will instinctively learn to respect the older dog. It usually won't get more severe than the growling and snapping, so you don't need to interfere unless it seems like one dog will injure the other. If the younger dog is more aggressive or does not get along with the older dog, then you will probably need to spend some time training the puppy.
One great way to help the dogs bond is to take them out for a walk together. When you show your leadership while taking your dogs out for a dog, you help them both see that they need to listen to you. They will see that they both see you as the big boss in the house. Try to also make sure that when the younger dog is around that the older dog experiences good things. If you tend to scold the older dog or ignore him while the younger one is around, it can cause resentment. Make sure to reward them with treats when they are calm and respectful around each other.
Try to make sure not to make the older dog jealous. Try not to show extra favoritism to the new dog. Spend quality time alone with your older dog so that he doesn't feel that he is being replaced. You may also need to consider give them separate rooms or places where they can eat and sleep so that they don't interfere with each other. It may also be a good idea to provide them with separate water and food bowls.
It will take time and patience on your part to get the two dogs to adjust to each other. In most cases, it will work out fine and having a second dog in the family will do more good for everyone!