Meet Dexter, a 3 and a half year old poodle mix.
Wilson and Dexter have meet a few times before, Dexter has been over at the house and is an honorary member of the Woofle Pack- meaning whenever he's in town with his owners they come out with us to the dog park.
I foresee a lot of work considering Wilson has dog issues, but aside from Cookie I know that Dexter is the next best dog to use in regards to Wilson. Dexter just doesn't care if Wilson's barking in his face or not, he just wants to play and if Wilson doesn't want to play then he'll go off and do his own thing. I know this cause of a few times when Dexter was over at our house, aside from Wilson barking at him lots nothing else happened.
Since Wilson will be moving into Dexters home though I have been reading up on how to introduce dogs that have dog issues just in case. I figure that I would be prepared and do this the right way,because even if Dexters go with the flow at my house doesn't mean he will be in his.
Anyways, the following is what I plan on doing to make sure things go as smoothly as possible and leave both dogs with good experiences.
- When I get there I'll take both dogs on a walk to get them reacquainted with each other on neutral ground.
- I'll let Wilson explore the house without Dexter around so he can look about this strange new setting.
- I plan on bringing baby gates to use to separate them so they can see,hear and smell each other but not touch.
- Wilson will be staying in my room when I am not home, there will be no dog to dog interaction if I'm not there to supervise.
- I plan on keeping a leash on Wilson once the baby gates are down so that way I have some control by holding onto the leash. That way if I can see a problem about to start I can pick up the leash and walk away from Dexter with Wilson. The leash will be removed if Wilson/Dexter behaves.
- I'll remove all items that they can fight over such food or much beloved toys from the area where they will be when together.
- And of course reward good behavior and habits from both dogs!
If you have any more suggestions for what I should do or if you think there might be a problem with one of my strategies then please let me know. Even if its a story from your experience with doggie meetings! I just want this to work out as best as possible for both dogs!