I am receiving a lot of calls from people adding a puppy to the home where there is already a dog.
I love that people have more than one dog! Kind of like eating chips or peanuts – you can’t stop at one ☺
If you are considering adding a second, third, or…….,  do so with some planning vs coming home and surprising the resident dog.

Before you even bring the puppy home consider leaving something with the scent of your resident dog, such as a towel or old t-shirt with the breeder so the pup becomes familiar with it.
The same is true the other way around. Ask the breeder to give you something with the puppy’s scent. 
The breeder should send the puppy home with the scent of his littermates as well.

One of the first things to consider before bringing the pup into the home is a puppy confinement space such as crate, exercise pen, or gated off safe area.
This is important for a few reasons but these are my top reasons. 
1) the puppy is not ready for full run of the house. 
2) both dogs will need time apart from each other during the day.
3) each dog needs alone time with their humans.

They may absolutely adore each other, snuggle up and cuddle but alone time it important too. The resident dog needs time to simply roam around his home, puppy free.

It’s important to remember the puppy will not know life without another dog. It’s critical he experiences time apart from the older dog and feels safe and confident when not together. It can be a huge shock to be the one left alone if he’s never experienced it before, whether one is at the vet clinic, groomer or more seriously, has died.

Puppies can be relentless with jumping, biting, grabbing, playing, tugging, and just being a puppy! Even if your resident dog loves the puppy and plays happily and often, he needs time for himself, without the added concern of being pounced on at any moment ☺
The puppy also needs to learn he can’t be in the other dog’s face all the time and simply needs to chill.

Meals
There is usually one dog who eats faster than the other. Meal times should be served apart from each other to avoid having one visiting the other’s bowl. 
1) Meal time should be stress free.
2) You need to know how much the puppy is eating, or not eating. The same is true of the older dog.
3) When feeding with food puzzles (I always recommend dogs get meals via puzzles), they need room to roll around and engage without the other taking over. 

Walks
It may be convenient to take both out at the same time but consider doing one walk a day individually.
The older dog benefits and appreciates one on one time with you. The puppy needs one on one time for bonding as well as to learn leashing walking skills. It’s challenging to give the puppy the attention he deserves when walking together.


There should be a nice, workable balance between alone time and together time. Every family is different. The time you have to devote to your dogs and training is different but either way, try to make time for each dog.