getting a second dog

by Christine DeLugan
(Norwell, MA USA)

Hi, I have a very friendly 9 year old male Jack Russell. We are considering taking in a 1 year old female Jack Russell. What is the best way to introduce them to each other. Any other recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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by: Robert

It's good that you are thinking about a Jack of the opposite sex. And having one friendly dog makes things easier. I would make sure the two meet on neutral ground - like a sidewalk near your house. Have each Jack on a leash and have one person for each Jack. Walk them by each other and let them sniff. You may get a little barking but that is ok. Make it very very brief and then walk away and reward each pup with a treat. Do that a couple times to familiarize them. And then you can move things to the house. Do the same thing inside until you feel they are ok to be in the same room. Still keep them on the leash in case they need to be separated quickly. Good luck, I'm sure everything will go smoothly!

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