How To Introduce Your Puppy To Your Other Dog(s) – Professional Dog Training Tips


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  1. Bernese Of The Rockies says:

    Great tips! I love your videography! Chris

  2. Vickie Raburn says:

    This is seriously the best puppy introduction video out there. I enjoy all your videos, thanks for sharing your knowledge hopefully it will help educate many dog owners!

  3. Bijou Poodles says:

    Great information. Well spoken concise valuable information on your videos !
    I have referred many of my puppy owners to your classes and videos

  4. Angie Wirthlin says:

    Love this ! Where did you get the lightweight long line ?

  5. McCann Dog Training says:

    Have you introduced a new puppy to an older dog? Did they become the best of friends? Did they take a while to warm up to each other? Let us know in the comments below!

  6. Karen Cooper says:

    Currently, my 3 girls have all developed great bonds with me and with each other.  However, one of them is getting ready to have puppies, of which I plan to keep one.  How do I make the bond with me greater than the bond with her mother, who will still be with me and showing with me.

  7. Soo_LetsGo says:

    I just got another dog and this dog is calm and mine is the hyper one. So this information is great to have

  8. Brian's Quest brianslifequest says:

    I guess u don't walk your dog ?

  9. kneecalleyyy says:

    This is the best video ever. I have been looking for the best video on how to introduce a new dog to the house. Will be getting a new dog next week! 💖

  10. Anita Hardesty says:

    I rescued 2 7 week old female puppies from horrible living conditions. one of them could barely stand. I have a 4 year old male neutered mini Australian shepherd. It's been 2 weeks and he is still growling, sometimes snap and then move away. I am always there when the puppies are near my older dog. I am hoping so much he will accept them. We did keep them separated the first 3 days so the puppies could get used to us. It's so hard with 2 new puppies but they would have died if hadn't taken them. Any tips you could give would be so helpful. Thank you so much for your video!!

  11. Zoe Costin says:

    I’ve just recently brought a puppy home and I’ve currently got a 4 year old dog. I slowly introduced him to my current dog but he doesn’t want anything to do with the puppy . When the puppy goes near him he gives a side eye and growls and hides in another room. Do I just separate them for a while ? What can I do to help for him to accept the new puppy.

  12. LoveMyConures says:

    Hi McCann Dogs! I have 2 stupid questions for you guys… later this year we will be adding an Australian Shepherd puppy to our family! We currently have 2 spayed female Huskies, sisters from the same litter(bad idea…littermate syndrome is apparently a very real thing). They are 3 years old and are actually pretty laid back for their breed in most ways. Nix, my husky, is the easiest. Listens well, loose leash walks like a champ, learns tricks fast(she's learning your Best Buds trick now), and is my shadow because she's on the shy side. Maya, who belongs to my brother, is the opposite. She's outgoing, not afraid of anything, more dominant and pushy but not mean, walks ok on a leash but not great, and is stubborn as a mule with everyone but my brother. They have very mild separation anxiety from one another but usually after a while just sleep. We hike, visit thre large dog park regularly, and have a small fenced in yard they romp around in… though they don't play fetch or anything. Both are higher prey drive. Anything smaller than a Westie and moves, they look at as a toy and get over excited. They've never bitten another dog but they hover and get pushy and obsessive. They love to harass and try to play with my cat. But have never grabbed her.

    We had a corgi who we lost this year and the house just isn't the same. Add that to the fact we found out Nix has the beginnings of mild hip dysplasia and has light restrictions for activities, and things just aren't the same. Nix's restrictions are in place to keep it from getting bad. So while we can still walk, do small easy hikes, and she can enjoy the park…she's limited on how far/where she can go.

    So we made the decision to bring another dog into our lives again. We found a great AKC breeder and are on the waiting list! But I have afew concerns and i'm hoping you can help me 🙂

    1.) What's the best way to introduce a younger dog to 2 sisters with a higher prey drive? We plan on the puppy staying in my room for the first 3-4 weeks with limited interaction through a hall gate, until the puppy is larger. But i'm worried a puppy may cause overexcited behavior and they may scare him. (We were told to get a male so not to add more female tension)

    2.) What's the best way to keep jealousy down? Nix listens well and is used to her being my main walking partner. And while we plan on the girls still getting their daily walks and park visits, and hikes, it will be a while before the puppy will join us in these things. I don't want the puppy to feel left out either. A friend offered to walk with us and watch the girls at the dog park while im on the other side in the puppy area. (Its set up split for small and large dogs) Add that to the fact im sure the puppy will get most of my attention with training and him staying in my room, i'm sure Nix isn't gonna be happy.

    I do the main walking with them. The girls are couch potatoes at home, especially when hot….but we walk each night 3-5 miles each, one at a time. And on cool days we used to hike about 6-14 miles. Usually it's just Nix and I on those long ones, because when Maya they get a little over rambunctious and pull a little more. But with Nix's restrictions she will no longer be able to join on those long hikes and id feel awful leaving her home alone. So the puppy is too be my new hiking partner for long runs, while Maya keeps her sister company. And when we do local short hikes, the girls will join myself and a friend like always.

    Im just not sure what the best way to introduce the puppy to them is, and how to ensure things go smoothly so they can live together nicely. Our other dog could have cared less when we brought the girls home at 9 weeks old. These 2, however, are nebby and persistant, and are annoying with small things. And while the girls get along great, i'm not sure how a puppy will shift their worlds.

    If you tell the girls leave it, normally Nix will just look at it or ignore it, while Maya feels the need to look at the object of her attention and get excited or hover it. But with the cat if we say leave it, she sits close and stares with her tail going crazy and she licks her lips. So Maya will be the hurdle iin that way, while I'm worried about jealousy from Nix.

    Any advice or videos to check out? We are continuing working with Maya on getting her focus..but unless it's my brother she could care less Haha.

  13. Priscake C says:

    Any advice for introducing two younger dogs in a house with a size difference? One is a pit/catahoula (60lbs) & one is 10lbs shih tzu/bichon. I’m nervous to bring the two together because my catahoula has so much energy 😭

  14. shaneeda! zoinks says:

    You tube viewers: she sounds like she knows what she is talking about, but keep in mind 1# she is working with border collies, very intelligent and not aggressive. 2# food training, although easy at first, your signing up a life time of giving the dog treats to get him or her to do what you want. consider praise reward. Tx

  15. Jennifer Newberry says:

    Using one of the older pack members to help train the puppy is a great tool as well. Placing puppy where she can watch as you work the older dog. E easy peasy lemon squeezy LOL

  16. Ashley Nicole says:

    I am looking to get a puppy in the new year but i also have a cat, do you have any tips for introducing a new puppy to my cat?

  17. Chan H. says:

    Wow this was so helpful! I wish I would have watched this before bring my newest dog home. I think i've done something unique or really crazy? I figured two puppies would automatically love to want to play with each other. I have a 4 mo old Goldendoodle who I had for 3 mos prior to bringing in another puppy. My Goldendoodle, then was the first and only puppy and he is 35 pounds, and he's younger. The Older Dog is only 9.7 pounds. . It gets confusing sometimes as to who is the actual baby because the Malshi is so tiny. I feel bad because my Goldendoodles is so big that I try to keep him off my furniture now, (he is house broken), but when he first came I had him on the furniture because he was so tiny. Now the smaller slightly older dog (the newest one) gets to be in my lap more and on one end of the Couch. So I had to start letting the bigger younger dog get back on the furniture because he was getting jealous and started leaping on the furniture and chasing the smaller slightly older dog all over my expensive sectional. Lol smh. I adopted this 6 mos old Mal-Shi who was from a friend who needed to surrender him. So Thankfully I introduced them outside before bringing the newer dog inside the home, once they got inside they played and then immediately started fighting, (I wish I would have known to bond with the newest one more, he only had about 10-15 mins, because my golden was with me when I went to pick the Malshi up.)
    They play a lot but they always turn into loud fights. So I always have to separate them into their kennels. Walks together have been really hard but I'm figuring that out tool. LOL.. I really stepped into it with this one. But I love them both and will get it right. Thankfully the newer slightly older dog answers really well to his name and will come when I call him and will seek attention from me.

  18. Alex M says:

    Please help! Yesterday rescued a puppy and brought him home with my 3 adult poms. Like you said, I keep them separated, two poms are curious but don't bother him, the youngest one barks all the time and tried to bite him. The puppy is in my room at night cause he cries, during the day he's with my sister's cats, they get along. I'm not sure if I can take the puppy for a walk, he's very small. I'll follow your video and work with my dogs so they can live happily.

  19. Liz Kirk says:

    Thanks for the great videos! I have one Frenchton and just got a second Frenchton puppy. The puppy gets a lot less upset when she shares a crate with our adult dog but it’s bigger so she’s pottying in the crate. Would you recommend putting her in her own crate even if she gets upset? I could take out the blanket and shorten the crate they are sharing but my adult dog would really be unhappy without something comfy to sleep on. Thank you!!

  20. maria iribe says:

    Hello. I'm assuming I may not get a respond seeing this was posted in 2016. But I figured I would give it a try anyway. I have a 1 1/2 year old pitbull. We recently got a 6 week old pitbull. Both are female. I can tell the older one is unsure of the smaller one and seems tense around her. On top of that, if I hold the puppy the older dog jumps on me to sniff her. I tried putting the puppy down, but the older one does not seem fine with that. What can I do to help ease my older dog tension? They currently sleep apart and will not interact unless I am present.

  21. Nathan GLOran says:

    Hey so I got a Maltese poodle mix with chihuahua yesterday I’ve been building tryst with her and my family, I also have a one year old husky , before I seen this video I tried to introduce them and my husky is perfectly fine and doing all the right things like smelling her and laying down in front of her , although the problem is my new puppy is really scared of her even tho I have showed her that she is no threat. Can you please help me ? I need a better solution

  22. Don Black says:

    We have a 12yr old male BC, and two weeks ago got an 8wk old female BC. The elder is aggressive towards the younger. I think he does not realize she is actually a canine. what to do????

  23. McCann Dog Training says:

    Are you looking for more Puppy Training tips? Check out our "Good Puppy Management" playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BBgLulherme4idlvhGWSxsb5HHDyF_Q
    Thanks for watching! ~Ken

  24. Suzie Q says:

    She is in love with you! Goodness!

  25. Ed M says:

    Interesting that you say to keep them separated from the other dogs, we are in the process of getting a puppy ourselves and the number 1 concern I have is around our older dog. Both dogs are the same breed.

  26. quantised says:

    My 4-year-old dog started growling once I introduced him to my puppy so I had to quickly separate them. What should I do?

  27. Google User says:

    Oops!
    Screwed that up, 14 months ago! Lol! Wish I'd seen this sooner.
    It's not too late to fix… but an ounce of prevention…

  28. Debra Levesque says:

    wish i had known this when I got my puppy home

  29. Debra Levesque says:

    my new puppy has been in our home 3 weeks now and I didn't do any of this and her attention is on my other dog and not me, is it to late for me to do this with her?

  30. Debra Levesque says:

    I am afraid that my puppy is not bonding to me and mostly wants to get away from me and she not listening to me she just wants the other pets in the house, Im really worried about it I wanted her to be a very close bonded dog and sleep with me and any way its not working out like that, if i have food she is focused on the food and when thats gone she wants to run off and doesn't want to stay with me , its not very fun for me and I find myself being disappointed in her

  31. tnt mac says:

    Do you have, or could you do a video on training two pups at once?

  32. Lida Verner says:

    I love the concept of this. The concern that I have is that I have a very jealous 7.5 year old velcro Golden Retriever. My concern is that if I “lock away” my older dog, she will resent the little intruder even more that she already will. I desperately want to create that bond with the new puppy I will be getting in September just as I have with my heart dog, Káva and I want the two of them to bond ….. so how does one deal with jealousy? When I got Káva, I was working from home and she was the only dog so the bond happened naturally, now I will be introducing s new member to the family and I work outside the house. I plan to take vacation time if I can’t convince my boss to allow me to telework for a while but that does not negate the issue of bonding.

  33. Kristina Dorantes says:

    I thinking about what this lady says is nonsense try watching Cesar Milan he's excellent. His professionalism training is totally better and more quickly than this lady.

  34. Alex Plays says:

    I have a 7 year old German shepherd and 4 year old pit bull lab mix. We got a new addition chihuahua 3 months old. My pit bull seems uninterested. But we have not put them together because of the size difference. But I have problems with my shepherd that follows me everywhere where I go while having puppy in my hands. She also tried to snap at puppy one time. We do take them for a walk together. Any advice on how we can get my older dogs get accustomed to a new puppy? Thank you

  35. Katelyn Winn says:

    My 2 year old male american bulldog jumped into my boyfriends arms and bit our 2 month old female pitbull in the nose while he was holding her. i'm afraid to let them anywhere near each other. the bulldog seems to snap out of nowhere at the pitbull and shows no negative body language until he snips at her. i've been keeping them seperate and only letting him near her for brief periods of time while he is in his harness. i'm worried that he will refuse to accept her and not sure what steps to take next 🙁

  36. Olias Of Sunhillow says:

    Several years ago, we introduced a female Cocapoo puppy to our older male Maltese and they got along great but we had to put our male Maltese to sleep recently and within a week, we got a female Maltese puppy and we tried to introduce them slowly but our female Cocapoo runs, hides and growls at her, and won't eat until we start feeding her by hand until she starts eating, in another room! It has been five days now and she is still the same! When we let her out in the fenced in backyard, she won't come back in until we go out and bring her back in! She still loves our cat but won't tolerate our new puppy!

  37. Cheese says:

    I know this video is a little old but great content. I have two pit bulls that are just over two years old and we got a new border terrier mix puppy. She is only 9 weeks old and really small, she is as big as my male pits head..lol. But we are following your advice so well see.

    Thanks!

  38. Sheep in the flock says:

    This is brilliant! Thank you sooo much!!!

  39. Curtis Harrison says:

    What do I do if I have a 4 year old female Staffordshire bull terrier and a new puppy whose the same breed but she tries to him my new puppy and he keeps biting her so she will hump him

  40. Ryan Unsworth says:

    Try doing that with a couple of mastiffs who are alot more stubborn and harder to handle than collies as you have.

  41. Octavio Villarreal says:

    Getting a new puppy soon, but I haven’t decided if I want a male or a female. I have a male right now, who is a friendly dog, but I was wondering if getting the same sex or opposite sex would be better. Any thoughts?

  42. Millennialmaiden says:

    Thank you for this video! Would I still follow this if I have only one other dog?

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