a new pet to an older one
Whenever you bring
a new pet into the household there will definitely be a big
adjustment period as your older pet defends the family against
what he or she sees as an intruder. Here is how you can make
the adjustment as easy as possible.
You first want the pets to get used to each other's scent.
So place your new pet in a room (and even in a kennel in the
room) with the door closed so that your other pet gets familiar
with the scent.
Introduce the pets in a room where you can monitor the initial
meeting. You should expect some barking or hissing when they
first meet, and this is normal. But be ready to react if one
of the pets becomes aggressive towards the other. You might
want to give each pet treats as rewards for a positive meeting,
and this will help them both associate the other with positive
feelings. You should keep your kids out of the room for the
initial meeting incase you need to step in, it is natural
for a child to feel they need to protect the older pet, and
you don't want your child to accidentily get in the way.
Make sure your older pet gets plenty of attention, such as
extra grooming or playtime. This will help prevent your pet
from feeling jealous of the attention a new pet inevitably
Do not leave your two pets alone together unless you know
they will get along fine. This might mean you need to separate
them when you are out of the house.