Hi, I'm a newbie, and would really appreciate some advice. I have two older dogs, rescues, one female lab/hound and one GSD. We're thinking about getting a third rescue, another GSD, female. Any suggested methods/reading material I could get? My two now get along fine, some sibling rivalry, but they tolerate each other, no fighting. I was told by the behaviorist at the shelter to isolate the new dog and introduce her slowly for about a month, so the other two don't feel as though she's a threat to their rank. Thanks. Also, the advice on here really is the best.
I dont think there is any reading material that you can look up. Each dog is different to how they meet another. I have five dogs and with each new one, there is the process of getting to know each other. And I must stress SUPERVISION is the key.
Your rescue has given you some sound advise. All I did was sit with the dogs and have the new dog beside me. I let the others come up for a sniff. Any nastiness is dealt with a stern word and encouragement. If it doesnt work out the first time, then confine the new dog away from the others and try again the next day.
Let your dogs meet the new one on nuetral territory. Most of the new dogs I bring in are puppies, so I don't have a big issue. I have 5 dogs now, and working on 6. you definatly have to supervise and interactions between new and old for a while. Don't let them be alone for any lenth of time. Also, try to find out as much as possible on the newbie. I know it can be hard when they come from a rescue. Good luck