Introducing my dogs Tess and Heidi

Tess and Heidi lying on a sofa

I’m Holly and I’m currently doing work experience at the RSPCA. I’ve always loved animals and I’ve had pets all my life, from fish to rabbits and now, two dogs.

Both my dogs are springadors (a labrador and a springer spaniel cross); the eldest, called Heidi, was six this year, and the other called Tess turned one in January.

Tess and Heidi running in a fieldTess came to live with us when she was 6-months-old because her previous owner was no longer able to care for her.

After considering if Tess would fit in the family, we visited her and found she was a perfect match!

A slow introduction for Heidi and Tess

Heidi, our existing dog, hadn’t always loved unfamiliar dogs, not to say she isn’t friendly, but she’d always preferred the company of people.

Bringing Tess home out of the blue might have been a bit stressful for Heidi, so we introduced them at a local park, under supervision. This gave them a chance to meet in a neutral area and allowed them to get to know each other before we took them both home.

Keeping a routine

To ensure that we didn’t change Heidi’s routine, we made sure to give her just as much love and attention as we gave Tess. We also made sure she had her own space in the house to get away from a hyperactive puppy.

I think it’s important to show your dog that a new puppy won’t change the love they get from their family, doing this may mean they’re more likely to cope with the new addition. To make the transition easier for both your dogs, keep your existing dogs routine as normal as possible and make sure there are enough toys and beds for each dog.

Luckily, although Heidi was a bit unsure to begin with, she warmed up to having Tess in the family soon after her arrival.

Tess (left) and Heidi holding a ball (right)The best of buds

After having Tess in the family for over a year, they’re now best buds.

Tess is still as hyper as when we got her, and after adding another dog to the family Heidi definitely seems to show more natural dog behaviour.

Every dog is different

One thing that might be handy to remember is that if you get a new dog, they won’t be the same as the one you already have.

For example, Tess likes to chase birds or butterflies when out on a walk. This means we mostly keep Tess on an extendable lead. Heidi, on the other hand, has never run away when out on a walk.

The differences between each dog’s personality is something embrace and love, every dog is unique and it adds extra things to love about each of them.

Having two pups is a lot more challenging than one, but there are twice the cuddles. If you’re looking at getting a puppy or adopting a dog then take a look at our rehoming advice.

Holly Mason

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