TIP #1: PLAN AHEAD
Living with multiple dogs brings a whole new set of challenges. Adding a second (or third, or fourth) dog means more fun, more love, more joy and more wonderful doggy companionship. But it also means much more from you: more time, more money, more energy, and more working through problems.
Here are a couple of things you can do to try to avoid problems:
1. Pay attention to the type of dog that your dog "likes" as well. While many puppies and young dogs play with just about anyone who will engage, mature dogs often have a few select "friends." Notice the personalities of your dog's friends. For example, pay attention if your dog generally does well playing with quiet females, but avoids rowdy adolescents.
2. If possible, have the dogs meet each in a neutral location before making a decision. Pay attention to how they respond to each other. If your instincts tell you it isn't a good match - no matter how much you adore the potential new dog - keep looking.
- excerpted from Adding A New Dog to a Multi-Dog Household.
TIP #2: CALL THE VET
If a house-trained dog suddenly has accidents, call your veterinarian. Your dog could have a bladder infection or another medical problem.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI