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    So with it being just over a week before we get to pick up our new 6 month old pointer puppy Abbie, i've started doing some research on dog-2-dog introductions. We currently have a 6 month old staffy x, who we've had since he was 9 weeks old.

    We took Buckley down to meet his new 'sister' at the breeders last week. Abbie was very shy. She made a little snarl at him when he went to jump on top of her, but other than that, Abbie seemed more interested in us humans, and Buckley was more interested in discovering all the new smells. They didn't really have that much one on one time with each other because there was too much excitement everywhere.

    My partner seems to think we can just now bring Abbie into our home and it will all be great because they all ready know each other. But then i wasn't even so sure that dogs would remember brief meetings like that? I just want to make sure we do everything right

    so i was thinking it might be best to leave buckley at my parents for the day, so my partner and i could spend some alone time with abbie first. my other idea was putting one inside, one outside and then swapping over before letting them be together. or do we think that it would be fine to just bring abbie straight into the house considering they have all ready met??

    I'm probably over thinking this way too much! can't help myself! :$

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    With Pugs, I have never had to worry about intros. I simply walked outside with the new dog (always outside because new dogs may mark or my dogs might react by marking..and even females mark sometimes!)

    The common thought is to have them meet on neutral ground first, like at the park.

    Again, I really only have experience with Pugs and the new families that they went to who had dogs, but I have never done this and I personally thought it best to have the dogs meet on the territory of where they will live to ensure the existing dog was going to accept another dog in it's territory.

    In my view, both of these two are young and I can't recall you mentioning any aggression issues with either, so I would just introduce them in your home together. Let them have a sniff and a run and a 'body talk' and they will probably be fine.
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    I would prob take them to a park near ur home to meet then walk back together. That way you old dog may not even notice she is intruding on his territory.

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    I dont do intros.

    I just bring the new dog into the back yard and stand off to the side in case I am needed.

    5 or 10 minutes watching usually gives me an idea whether they are going to get on or not then I go inside.

    I think people sometimes can make too big a deal out of things....personally

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    When I moved here there were 3 established dogs. Two very territorial and one who 'followed' the others.

    I brought my things and a blanket that smelt like Batty two days prior. We went for a long walk with all four dogs the day I arrived. The owners of the other three dogs had tried just bringing the new dog in and it went really badly for them. The fourth dog they tried to bring in wound up being put to sleep. (ETA: This was a good 6 months before I moved in)

    So I highly recommend taking them for a long walk together then walking them both in at the same time.
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    We take on newfie Rescues.......We meet and greet at the breeders, which is where we pick up the Rescues. So we meet on neutral ground.
    We also let our dogs decide if they get on with The new rescue.
    Last February we had a choice of two.......Our three met both and the girls were not keen on one of the dogs. they chose Lukey and still get on really well with him. But I am used to "reading" dogs. And sometimes it can change at week three. It always seems to be around week three, when rescues seem to have their problems in the new home.
    We just throw ours together, because I want to start things of as to how I want them to be forever. We treat all equally and we give no "special" time to any of the dogs from day one.
    I think often people give the new dog more time and attention and that can lead to problems. We found that working obedience together, side by side really helps.
    Good luck wit your new dog
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    Lala, I agree. However, I deal with pugs and they aren't overly aggressive so I feel I look at intros in a far more relaxed way.
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    I agree with the park and neutral territory. The new dog, you may have to leave a lead attached to make her easy to catch.

    At puppy pre-school it took all four classes before one puppy decided it was ok with playing with the others.

    Some dogs are fine from day one. Others are not. Given that one dog has already had a bit of a snarl at the other - I think that intros should be managed carefully on neutral ground and if they're not happy together there, it's only going to be worse at home.

    Crates or separate sleeping quarters for when you're not supervising would also be good. And loads of treats for playing nice and restraint (not scolding) for any sign of hositity ie do not punish warning growls, but don't allow the dogs to attack either.

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    it doesn't hurt to take them for a walk first, its a nice step to begin the bonding needed between them, and obviously daily walks together as well as time away from each other is always a good idea. Both get time alone / with people as well as plenty of time together
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    When we got our pup I just set up a baby gate in between 2 rooms (one with metal bars, not a solid one).
    They sniffed each other like mad through the bars, but the puppy had a chance to walk away if he felt uneasy.
    Eventually the adult dogs got bored with the new pup and that was the time I knew I could let them together.

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