Bringing a new Boston Terrier puppy into the family can be an exciting but daunting experience, especially if you already have an older dog. Introducing a new puppy to your home and your existing pet can be tricky, but with some preparation and patience, it can be done successfully. We have just welcomed a cute little bundle of joy that we named Whiskey. The following are the steps we took when we brought him home. So far, everything is going great!
Puppy-Proofing Your Home
First of all, make sure your home is prepared for the arrival of the new pup. Puppy-proof your house by removing any potential hazards such as small items that could be chewed or swallowed. Set up baby gates to keep the pup in certain areas and away from any dangerous items or places.
Organize and secure any open shelving so the puppy won’t be able to access cleaning supplies, medications, or other hazardous materials. It’s also important to ensure windows are secure, as puppies can easily fall through them due to their small size and lack of coordination.
Be sure to cover any exposed electrical outlets with protective covers and block off access to cords and wires. Provide plenty of toys for the pup to chew on instead of furniture or other household items. Finally, create a warm, comfortable environment where your pup can relax and explore when they’re not supervised.
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Introducing Your New Boston Terrier Puppy
When you bring the puppy home, let them explore each room in turn so they can get used to their new environment. Make sure to introduce them to your existing pet slowly and carefully. Allow them to sniff each other and give them plenty of space and time to get comfortable with one another.
Allow the two dogs to interact for short periods of time and give them plenty of space and freedom to get comfortable with one another. Gradually increase the amount of time they spend together until they’re comfortable enough for unsupervised playtime.
Supervised playtime between your two pets is an important part of helping them develop a strong bond. When supervising their interactions, watch for signs of aggression and intervene if necessary.
Encourage positive behavior such as gently playing together, snuggling up together, or exchanging toys. Reward them with treats or verbal praise when they exhibit good behavior during this time.
When unsupervised, provide plenty of toys that both animals can enjoy and access to different areas of the house. It prevents fighting over the same space. Make sure to check in on them periodically to ensure there isn’t any aggression building up and intervene if necessary. Finally, be sure to create a safe place for each pet so they have somewhere to retreat if needed.
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Be patient when introducing the two dogs as it may take some time for them to adjust to each other’s presence. Be consistent with training both dogs so they understand what is expected of them in terms of behavior. Resist the urge to scold either dog for bad behavior as they are still learning what is acceptable and what isn’t. See below how it can be done.
Everything Will Work Out Great
Finally, make sure you give both dogs plenty of attention and affection so they feel loved and secure in their new home. With patience, consistency, and love, you will soon have two happy pups living together peacefully!
Thanks again for taking the time to read our blog. We really enjoy life with our dogs and we love to share our experience. We do this because we want you to have a life full of joy and love as much as we have. Don’t wait, go get you own new Boston Terrier Puppy!