5. Age is important.
If you currently have an older dog, you might want to stay away from a lively pup, or vice versa. If they’re close in age with similar energy levels, they’ll be better suited for each other, and you’ll all be a lot happier.
6. Be careful about introductions.
Be prepared, in advance, about how you’re going to make this all happen. Every situation is different, so think about what will work best for your current dog. Some dogs are better with slow and gradual introductions, and others prefer to just jump in and be best friends. You’ll know what’s right for your special dog.
7. Rescue Dogs can be a great option.
A shelter or rescue is always a great option for finding a new pet. Just the chance to save their life can make it all worthwhile. And they’ll love you all the more for it. Shelter dogs come in all breeds and sizes, so with a little effort you should be able to find the perfect dog for your family.
8. Don’t blame yourself if it doesn’t work out.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, it just doesn’t work out. Even though you take every precaution, sometimes the new dog and current dog just don’t get along. Do your best, but if you just can’t work it out, don’t be so hard on yourself. You can’t force a friendship and you don’t want them to be unhappy. Just work to find a new home for the dog you brought home so he has another chance to find his best future.
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