How should I introduce my new puppy to our other pets?

An existing dog will not necessarily welcome a new puppy enthusiastically.  After all, the puppy will cause a big disruption to his regular routine.  Routine is very important to any dog.  Try to keep your existing dog's routine as unchanged as possible.  While the two will very likely become good friends, it is important not to force them together.  Let both the puppy and the adult dog have room to retreat and let them choose the pace. 

Your older dog must be reassured that his position and standing in the family is not threatened.  Make sure he gets plenty of attention.  In these early stages he should always be treated as the leader of the two dogs.  He should be fed before the puppy, greeted before the puppy and let inside or outside first.  Make sure he understands that he is still important and give him some extra individual attention in the form of games and walks.

Puppies can be quite rough with an older dog.  Do not interfere if your older dog chastises the puppy, unless it gets out of hand.  It is good for an adult to teach the puppy some manners!

A cat and a puppy can become good friends and enjoy each other's company.  However, your cat may choose a relationship based more on tolerance.  Careful introductions are important.  Always allow the cat an escape route or a safe area such as behind a baby gate.  Usually a cat will retreat if feeling threatened.  Supervise the two when they are together to avoid any injuries or misunderstandings.  Don't let your puppy chase or annoy the cat.  Be patient until they have accepted each other.

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