How to make two dogs live together

If having a dog is a wonderful experience, imagine multiplying it with the love of two furry dogs.

However, we can doubt whether or not to expand our family for fear of a bad coexistence. If you are thinking of adopting another dog, it is important to do things following an order and with great patience.

Next, we will tell you how to do it in the safest way to be able to enjoy a harmonious, rewarding and calm coexistence between dogs.

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What to take into account in the coexistence between dogs

The coexistence in harmony between two dogs It is a wonderful experience for the whole family, but if some key aspects are not paid attention to, it can turn into hell.

The character of both dogs

The first thing of all is to stop and think about the character of both dogs, especially if there was already one at home and we are looking for a new member in the family.

Certain relationships can be very complicated, for example if both dogs are very dominant, show aggressive behaviors frequently or have suffered traumatic experiences with other dogs.

A frequently asked question is whether two male dogs can live together. In this sense, it is not a question of sex, but the ideal is that both dogs complement each other and have common goals.

Available space in the home

It is also important consider how much space we have in the home for a good coexistence between dogs. There will be times when the furry ones will want to share time together, and others when they want to be alone.

This can be frustrating if they don’t have the ability to do so, which will generate a stressful situation and, therefore, a problem in living with your dogs.

Accessories and complements for each one

Finally, we must have accessories and complements for both dogs, At least in the beginning. This refers to having two feeders, two drinkers, two beds, toys, etc.

We should not pretend that they share their things as soon as they meet, this is a process that they must work on little by little and it is they who must decide when their partner can access their “property”.

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How to introduce two dogs that are going to live together

The presentation between both dogs is the most important step, which can determine the success or not of the future coexistence.

πŸ‘‡ These are the guidelines that we recommend you follow:

  • The first contact should be made in a neutral place. A very common mistake is to make the presentation inside the house, or in the territory of one of the two. The ideal is to do it on the street, in a park or in an area that neither of the two dogs usually frequent. We will let them interact and get to know each other without our intervention, their body language will tell us if everything is going well.
  • Take a walk together. Once we have made the presentation, we can go for a walk. It should be a quiet walk, where they can smell, without tension and allowing them to interact with each other. Stroll about the bond and they can become great companions in battles.
  • Prepare the house: It is very important that before introducing both dogs, we prepare the home. As we mentioned before, we must have two beds, two feeders and a toy for each one. Let’s not forget this step, since if your furry feels like a threat when the other catches his ball, a very tense situation can be unleashed.
  • Enter home. When we have gotten the dogs to know each other in a neutral place, we see that they get along and feel calm with each other, we can take the next step. When entering the house, where the future coexistence will be, we must leave them to their own devices but we will always be alert.

β†’ It may interest you: How to get your dog to socialize with other dogs

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New measures to take at home

Two dogs are two wonderful beings, but with different needs. One can demand more affection than the other, or be more active in front of the other sleepyhead, or both be two time bombs.

Although the rules of the house should be the same for everyone, it is important to attend to the needs of each one individually.

At the beginning of the coexistence between dogs it is necessary to make things easy, and for this we will avoid competition. We will feed them in separate rooms and, in this way, there will be no dispute. Little by little, when the hierarchical order is established, they will be able to share the space at that moment.

However, even if we follow the steps to the letter, things may not turn out as we expected.

Aggression between dogs that live together, and more so if they have just met, is a fact that can occur. Of course, before a fight we will have to intervene, but how?

  • First of all, Calm down. If we panic, the dogs will get more nervous and the outcome will be worse. For this, it is important that we always show ourselves calm and relaxed.
  • We must be attentive in case a problem arises that requires our intervention, but the smaller our interaction, the better the results.
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These are some tips that can facilitate coexistence between dogs they just met. If you still have problems with your furry friends, we recommend you go to a professional to study your case in depth.

Surely, with a little patience and help, your two best friends can adapt sooner than you think.

If you already enjoy the company of two or more dogs, do you want to tell us what your experience is like? How was the beginning of the coexistence?

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