How to Introduce Your Boston Terrier to a New Puppy (Step by Step)


Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time for any dog owner, but it can also be a bit daunting.

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If you already own a Boston Terrier, introducing them to the new addition to your family can be difficult.

Here are some tips on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Introducing Your Boston Terrier To A New Member Of The Pack

Step by Step – Introducing Your Boston Terrier To A New Puppy

Step 1: Establishing Structure and Rules

The most important step in introducing your Boston Terrier to a new puppy is setting up structure and rules before they meet each other. This will help ensure that both dogs understand their roles in the household and know that they must respect certain boundaries while in each other’s presence.

Make sure you set up house rules such as no jumping on furniture or no barking excessively and make sure everyone in the house follows these rules consistently. Both dogs should have dedicated places where they can sleep, eat, and relax without interference from each other.

Step 2: Create Separate Spaces for Each Dog

Before bringing your new puppy home, designate separate spaces for each of them where they can go when they need some alone time or want to escape from the other dog’s attention.

For example, give your Boston Terrier their own crate or bed in one area of the house and assign another area for the puppy so that neither dog feels like their space is being invaded by the other one.

Provide plenty of toys and chew items for both dogs so that they have something to do when they’re apart from each other.

Two Boston terrier puppies playing

Step 3: Introducing Your Dogs Carefully & Slowly  

When it comes time to introduce your dogs, it’s best to do it slowly and carefully so that neither dog becomes overwhelmed or anxious. Start by having one dog at a time enter an enclosed area (e.g., the backyard) with you present at all times.

Allow them to sniff each other out while keeping a close eye on their body language—if either dog seems overly aggressive or scared, then take things slower by separating them again until they feel more comfortable around each other. Be sure to have a leash on your Boston just in case they get overly excited.

Give lots of treats during this process so that both dogs associate positive reinforcement with being around each other.

Step 4: Gradually Increase Time Together

Once your dogs become used to being around each other with you present, start allowing them short supervised periods together inside the house (or wherever you plan on having them interact).

Be sure not to leave them together unsupervised until you are confident that both of them get along well together—it may take weeks or even months before this happens!

If either dog displays any signs of aggression or discomfort during these supervised periods then separate them immediately and try again later when things seem calmer between them both.  

Step 5: Praise Good Behavior & Reward With Treats

Throughout this process, be sure to praise good behavior whenever either dog behaves appropriately around the other one—this will reinforce positive behavior further down the line!

You can also reward both dogs with treats whenever they show peaceful behavior towards each other, which will help create fondness between them over time.

Essential Tips For Introducing Your Boston Terrier To A Puppy

1. Start With A Slow Introduction

When introducing your Boston Terrier to a new puppy, it’s important to take things slow. Allow them to sniff each other and get acquainted with one another before allowing them to play together.

2. Be Patient

It may take some time for your Boston Terrier and the new puppy to become friends. Be patient and allow them to progress at their own pace.

3. Keep A Leash On Your Boston Terrier

When first introducing your Boston Terrier to the new puppy, it’s important to keep them on a leash. This will help you to control the situation and keep both dogs safe.

4. Be Prepared For Some Barking

Boston Terriers are not known for being vocal dogs but don’t be surprised if they do some barking when they first meet the new puppy. It’s important not to scold them for this, as it’s just their way of expressing excitement or anxiety.

5. Reward Good Behavior

Whenever your Boston Terrier exhibits good behavior around the new puppy, be sure to give them lots of praise and treats. This will reinforce positive behavior and help them to form a bond with the new dog.

6. Avoid Rough Play

Boston Terriers can be quite energetic, but it’s important to avoid rough play when they’re around a new puppy. This can lead to injuries or scare the smaller dog. Instead, focus on playing games that encourage gentle interaction between the two dogs.

7. Supervise Their Interactions

As with any situation where two dogs are meeting for the first time, it’s important to supervise their interactions closely. This will help you to intervene if things start to get too rough or if either dog becomes overly excited or anxious.

Do Boston Terriers get jealous of a new puppy in the home?

It is possible for Boston Terriers to become jealous of a new puppy in the home. This is due to their territorial instinct, as well as their naturally possessive nature.

What is second dog syndrome?

Second dog syndrome is a phenomenon observed in some households where one pet is given more attention than another. It usually occurs when a pet owner decides to bring home a new dog and give it more attention than the first dog, leaving the original pet feeling neglected or jealous.

This can lead to behavioral issues such as aggression, disobedience or depression in the original pet. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to give both dogs equal amounts of love, attention, and exercise.

Read: 9 Ways to BOND with your Boston Terrier!

What NOT do when bringing a new puppy home to meet your old dog

– Do not let the new puppy run free unsupervised

– Do not allow the dogs to play too rough

– Do not leave them alone together unsupervised

– Do not give the new dog preferential treatment

– Do not force them to interact if they don’t want to

– Do not scold either dog for barking or growling

– Do not give up if the dogs don’t get along immediately

– Do not be too hard on yourself if the introduction process isn’t perfect

– Do not allow either dog to make physical contact without your permission.

What do I do if my Boston Terrier hates my new puppy?

If your Boston Terrier seems to be exhibiting signs of aggression or dislike towards your new puppy, it’s important to take action. Start by keeping your Boston Terrier on a leash when they are around the new puppy. This will help to prevent any accidents or injuries should things get out of hand.

Then, try to slowly introduce your Boston Terrier to the puppy in a positive manner by providing them with treats and praise whenever they exhibit good behavior. Be consistent and patient, as it may take some time for your Boston Terrier to become more accepting of the new puppy.

Finally, make sure to spend equal amounts of time with both dogs and avoid showing favoritism. With some patience and perseverance, you will be able to create a harmonious relationship between your two furry friends. Good luck!

Final Thoughts   

Introducing your Boston Terrier to a new puppy doesn’t have to be stressful if done properly! By establishing clear structure and rules before introducing your two pups, creating separate spaces for each one, gradually increasing their interaction time over weeks or months (as long as all interactions remain positive) and rewarding good behavior with treats throughout this process—you should be able to create a harmonious relationship between your two furry friends in no time! Good luck!

Be sure your dogs understand basic obedience commands; check out this article: 10 Most Important Commands To Teach Your Boston Terrier!

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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