Many people do not give two dogs time to adequately adjust to one another before deciding that having two dogs will simply not work.
It can take up to one month for an old dog and new dog to really settle in and accept each other’s position in the pack.
How long does it take for dogs to get used to each other?
It may take several weeks for the two dogs to get used to each other, so patience is required. But most of the time, dogs are accepting of other dogs, often welcoming the companionship. It’s just a matter of an owner setting expectations and being consistent.
How do I get my dogs to like each other?
Let your dogs sniff each other and greet each other normally. Give them positive reinforcement through calm verbal affirmations. After letting them play for a while, put both dogs in a “sit” or “stay”, then let them interact again. Finally, take them on walks together, allowing them to sniff each other along the way.
How do I get my dogs to stop fighting?
No matter which method you use to stop the fight, remain as calm as possible. Avoid yelling at the dogs and other people (unless you’re calling for help). Take a deep breath and focus on the task at hand.
How do I know if my dogs like each other?
Loud, continuous growling and snarling; again, exaggerated. Play-growling may sound scarier than serious fighting. The dogs voluntarily make themselves vulnerable by “falling” down and exposing their bellies and allowing themselves to be caught when playing chase. They take turns chasing each other.