Whenever a new pet is introduced into a home, the entire social organization of the household is disrupted. It can take some time for all of the animals to reorganize themselves into a new social dynamic, and this can sometimes lead to conflict or stress between between pets. It is important to follow the proper steps for introductions to ensure that they go smoothly, with as little disruption as possible.
Plug in an Adaptil Diffuser into the area of the house where your dog spends most of its time 24 hours prior to the arrival of the new dog.
Leave your dog at home when picking up your new dog from the breeder, shelter, etc.
Introduce the dogs away from your home, on neutral territory. This may be on a walk down the street, at a park, etc. Consider using Adaptil Spray on a bandana on each of the dogs, to keep them feeling calm and secure during their first introduction.
Keep both dogs leashed, but allow them to approach each other without pulling them back.
Do not force interaction between the dogs.
Once the dogs seem calm, relaxed and less interested in each other, you can take them home.
Keep them separated while home alone until you are comfortable that they will get along.
Plug an Adaptil Diffuser into the area of the house where your dog spends most of its time 24 hours prior to the arrival of the new cat.
Leave your dog at home when picking up your new cat from the breeder, shelter, etc.
Place the cat in a carrier or kennel for the ride home, and leave them in it while you bring them into the house.
Place the cat in a separate room with food, water and a litter box. Open the carrier door but do not force your cat to exit. See the Feliway website for tips on how to make the transition into a new home easier for your cat.
Leave the door closed and let your dog and cat become accustomed to each other’s scents and sounds through the closed door. When the dog and cat seem calm, allow the cat to exit the room. Ensure the cat has access to a safe place such as a high cat tree, a room separated by a baby gate, or under some furniture should she feel frightened.
Keep the dog and cat separate if you are not going to be home until you are confident that they will get along.