A successful introduction of your dog to your partner is a dream come true for most dog lovers. It will be heartbreaking if your partner is rejected. Most of the tactics you would use to introduce him to strangers will also work for your partner. The following steps can help you ease the road to a successful introduction.
Let your dog sniff your partner’s clothing.
Dogs use their nose as a means of handshaking, judge characters, or explore new places. To acclimate your dog to your partner’s scent, choose an item that your partner had worn but not washed. Allow your dog to sniff the thing and give him a treat. This will make your dog associate the scent with a positive feeling. Say your partner’s name in a lovely way as you offer the treats. Your dog will also learn to love the sound of your beau’s name. Recap the process occasionally before the actual introduction.
Introduce them on an impartial ground
The first-time introduction should not be at your home. Your pooch will likely be defensive of the space you share if you come home one night with your partner. Instead, let it be at the park. Let your dog be the first to approach your partner. They will be comfortable knowing that the new person respects their boundary. Once the dog has made the first move, your partner should offer him a treat at the palm of their hands. If the dog is reluctant, let your partner leave the treat near their feet. As the dog is eating, your partner should keep soothingly saying their name. This will remind him of the power of positive association.
Let your partner make the first eye contact slowly
During the first meeting, take note of your dog’s body language and any signs of anxiety and stress. If your puppy is relaxed, you have passed the first test. Your partner can now give the dog a scratch on the back and behind the ears. At this stage, the two buddies can cuddle, play and take time to bond.
If your puppy does not like your favorite person on the first day, don’t feel discouraged. They may be worrying about this person who is taking all your attention. Allow them to have several meetings, and eventually, they will get along. When taking your partner home for the first time, do it with your dog in tow. It will send a signal that the three of you are together.
Take your dog with you on dates
At this stage, your dog will be comfortable with your partner. At this point, the most critical step is proving to your dog that your partner will not still you away from him. The best way to prove your dog is by including him in your social life. Take your dog with you when going for picnics, walks, and road trips. At this time, your dog will already feel like they know your partner.
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