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Introducing a New Dog into a Home with other Dogs

Introducing a New Dog into a Home with other Dogs

This short video introduces the training concepts we use to introduce a new dog into your home. The video was produced last year and has been featured in our newsletter before. However we get questions everyday on how to properly do this. We rarely feature the same video twice however we feel that most dog owners could benefit from watching this video and reading the article on the same topic.

Read more about Introducing a New Dog into a Home with Other Dogs here.

April 4, 2013   |   15 Minute, 1 Second

Leerburg Q&A
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Question: We have a adopted a beautiful dog that likes to bite other people. We need help selecting a muzzle.

Hi there,

We have adopted a beautiful dog, who likes to bite other people. In order to protect them and himself (from being destroyed) while we are trying to alter his behavior we are going to try a muzzle.

I’m not sure of the which one to get and ask for your assistance. Also, before proceeding any further, do you post to Australia?

Muzzle size – nose length from top (just below eyes) to end is 4”, and circum (fairly snug) is 11”. We have tried a plastic muzzle which was not the right fit and he hated it, managed to pull it off, so looking for something comfortable for him, but of a snug fit.

Could you please recommend which style may be the most suitable?

Cindy's Response:

We do ship to Australia, we have a large number of customers across the pond. I'm going to send your email to our office staff, they are the experts on muzzle fit and one of them will recommend a size and style for you.

I would also make a couple of suggestions for you along with a muzzle.

I will begin by saying that in EVERY dog aggression situation the solution always involves changing the way the owner lives with his or her dog. Many people mistakenly think the solution is a “lack of dog obedience.” For the most part obedience training is only a small part of the solution, changing the way you live with your dog is the most important part.

The majority of the time the real issue is a pack structure or leadership issue. In almost every case these kind of dogs don’t respect the rules that the owners expect them to live by, we call them pack structure rules. For example we expect our dogs not to be aggressive to people or dogs.

If pack structure rules are established when a dog is young its always a simple matter to teach the pup. But when an adult dog has gotten by with inappropriate behavior over a period of time it becomes much more difficult to change and the road to change is harder. It can be done but the handler needs to be consistent 100% of the time.

Controlling dogs like yours starts by micro-managing the dogs life. This means using a dog crate and a leash. It can never have free time. The dog is either in the dog crate, dog kennel or on a leash (even in the house). I also suggest that you run this dog through our pack structure program and the video that picks up where the article leaves off - Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Dog.

We also have a number of eBooks that may be helpful.

I hope this helps, our office will contact you about the muzzle today. Thanks.

Cindy

Thanks:

Hi Cindy,

Thank you so much for your email. I totally agree with what you have said as our dog, as beautiful as he is, needs to be corrected constantly if I want to change anything. He no longer pulls on the leash, but I still have to be on top of him, constantly reminding him to get back into the position I want him.

I also had a feeling that it was to do with the pack structure as even though he will train quickly, he seems to think I’m a playmate, mouthing and biting in play, but too hard and doesn’t stop when I want him too.

So, though the suggestion seems hard (yes, I have spoilt him with affection) it is becoming increasingly difficult to leave him anywhere (well we can’t) and have to tie him up when visitors arrive so they don’t get bitten. We don’t want to face a situation of having to put him down because he has bitten someone, which seems to be out of his view that he needs to protect us.

I will definitely look on your website for the pack structure program.

Thanks again for your help.

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Dog Aggression and out Q&A on Muzzles.

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

Have a question for Ed & Cindy? Try the Leerburg Q&A Search. If you can't find the answer to your question by using our search engine, you can email Cindy here at Leerburg at cindyr@leerburg.com. If you have your spam filter on, make sure you set it to receive our replies!!!

Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Previous Newsletter Comment

Hi Cindy,

I've been a Leerburg customer for many years, and have found the articles, videos and equipment to be of great value and use. I have given your URL to numerous "dog" people. I subscribe to your newsletter, and today find myself REALLY moved to comment on a Customer's Comments re: Leerburg's Dog Parks Article & (my phrase…) Idiots & Their Dogs. A LOT of the joy of having a dog in my little redneck town is dashed virtually daily, when I take my Malinois outside and off my property. We too, have "a leash by-law…" but I can't say that it is "in effect", based on the countless times my own dog has been harassed/accosted/attacked by Idiots' off-leash dogs. Just because there's a law in place doesn't mean all will or do abide by it… I think the majority of dog owners have their egos on a leash. But I digress…

I have learned that I MUST carry Bear Spray and a baton AT ALL TIMES when I am outside with my dog. I haven't used the spray yet (should have, though!) but I have lost count of how many times I have drawn the baton. It has often been the only thing between my dog and an aggressive dog, and fortunately I've never actually needed to use it forcefully… I have never struck a dog with it. But I am quick to say there are too many Idiot Dog Owners who could use some (un)common sense beat into their thick and apparently empty skulls… It is obvious that in this town one cannot hope to avoid off-leash dogs by staying clear of the all-too- numerous city-sanctioned off-leash areas. Idiots are everywhere… sadly and very annoyingly…

Amazingly, my dog is NOT dog aggressive, although she has become, understandably, very dog wary. Nine out of ten dog encounters we've experienced are negative and that includes many of the Chihuahua's From Hell and other little "chew toys" (my phrase for small dogs) that think they run the planet. If my dog behaved like most small dogs do, I'd have to have Liability Insurance on her, pay a very high annual Special License, keep her muzzled at all times when off my property, and keep her very securely locked up when on my own property outside. I believe that the ONLY reason she isn't dog aggressive is simply because, with Leerburg's website support, I HAVE BECOME DOG DEFENSIVE, verging on aggressive myself, and my Malinois clearly KNOWS that I RUN THE PLANET, and that I will handle whatever untoward actions others take against her. That means that I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY IN PROTECTING HER from Idiots & Their Dogs. That also includes everyone who thinks they can touch her without my permission. It has been 5 years since I brought home this solid little Malinois pup, and in all that time I have had to escalate my social skills to include yelling loudly at Idiots & Their Dogs, having numerous "phrases" on the tip of my tongue, and also taking an overtly defensive stance, being willing to learn how to use, and practice using, various defensive equipment that I ALWAYS carry when I am outside with my dog. Oh, and also putting the Police By-law Officers' number on a speed dial button on my cell phone. Anyone who has a "negative" encounter with me (what is actually, in all truth, an ASSERTIVE encounter) has learned that I don't suffer fools gladly, and I speak my mind loudly! However, I am obviously not speaking loudly enough… The Idiots & Their Dogs just keep on keeping on…

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

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