How to Introduce a New German Shepherd to Your Dog Family

Interested in buying a German Shepherd guard dog for your home, but not sure if it will work with your existing pets? Don’t worry; most people who welcome a new pup into their home have a positive, pleasant experience. It’s all in how you do the introductions.

Bringing Your New German Shepherd Pup Home

Introducing a new dog is an exciting experience for a family. Along with the excitement, there is also usually a bit of anxiety. This is very normal, and part of the adjustment process and both your new dog and your family get used to having another dog in your home.

First impressions matter, so you want to make the experience as positive as possible. To help make the transition as smooth as possible, Scott’s Police K9 brings each trained German Shepherd protection dog home with us. This helps the dogs get used to being in our home with our families and our other pets.

Introduction of New German Shepherd Dog

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Introductions Away from Home

Introductions should initially be done away from the home.

This will keep your pets from defending their territory. It will also seem like a playdate, which is a fun experience for most dogs.

The first meeting should be done slowly. Let the dogs see each other through a fence or barrier. If there isn’t any aggression, allow one of the dogs to enter the area to mingle with the other.

Allow the dogs to sniff one another. If any aggression occurs, correct it with a loud sound. A bottle with pennies can get their attention and stop undesirable behaviors.

You will know the dogs are comfortable with one another when they are calm together.

Bring Them Home Together

It’s best that the dogs come home together rather than bringing the new dog directly into the home with the resident pet already present.

To do this: Have your new dog get into the car with your existing pet already in the vehicle. They will transition better into the home environment when they get to go into the home together (rather than having the new dog enter into the other’s territory).

Allow Existing Pets into the Home After You

You should be the first one to enter the home. Then, bring in your existing pets, and finally the new dog. This welcomes the new dog into the pack. You are the leader of the pack, which is why you enter the home first.

By letting your resident pet come in after you, the new one has the opportunity to welcome your new German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois.

Be the Leader

As your new family protection dog adjusts to life in your home, you will need to be the leader of the pack. Stay calm and authoritative.

Our family guard dogs are socialized to easily blend in with any family environment and to start working right away. Clients are always pleasantly surprised to see how affectionate our trained dogs are!

Buying a German Shepherd Protection Dog

Now you know how easy and possible it is to bring a new pup into your home. At Scott’s Police K9, we have many Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd protection dogs for sale in California.

Simply call us to discuss details about your personal guard dog needs. We would love to match you up with your ideal friend and protector.