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What is the best way to introduce a new Doberman into an existing pet household?

Hi everyone,

I am looking for advice on introducing a new Doberman into my existing pet household. Currently, I have a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever and a 3-year-old cat who have been living together peacefully for a few years now. I have always wanted a Doberman and recently found one that I fell in love with at a local shelter.

I am a bit nervous about how my current pets will react to the new addition and want to make sure that the introduction goes smoothly. I have read some articles online about the importance of slow introductions and allowing the animals to get used to each other's scents before any face-to-face interactions occur.

I am also open to any training techniques or tips for ensuring that the Doberman is well-behaved around my other pets. I want to make sure that my Labrador and cat feel safe and comfortable in their own home.

Any advice or personal experiences with introducing a new Doberman into an existing pet household would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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sigrid54

Hello,

In the past, I have introduced a new Doberman into my existing pet household, which comprised a 5-year-old black Labrador and a 2-year-old Siamese cat. The process was daunting and I think the key idea is to take it very slow and keep control over everything.

Right after the Doberman's arrival, I kept her isolated in a quiet room with enough space and provisions to help her feel comfortable. I started by introducing her scent to my other pets, so they got familiar with her smell before her physical arrival.

Then, I started with short interactions through a baby gate. I would supervise their interactions closely and praised good behavior while reprimanding bad behaviors. Rewarding good behavior is important as it boosts the pets' confidence and aids in developing a sense of security among them.

Gradually, I let the pets interact with each other on neutral grounds outside the house, so they could get to know each other better in a comfortable environment. At first, the Doberman was on a leash to ensure that she would not act on her instinct and prevented any accidents.

Finally, once everything seemed calm and composed, we allowed them to interact directly in the garden. Praise, treats, and positive reinforcement helped in developing a positive relationship among animals.

In short, introducing a new Doberman to an existing pet household is all about maintaining a healthy boundary and fostering a peaceful environment. I believe that taking it slow helps develop trust and respect between all the members of the household.

lwuckert

Greetings everyone,

My experience with introducing a new Doberman into an existing pet household was quite unique. I had two cats and a chihuahua and I was apprehensive about how they would react to a new family member.

My first step was to introduce the animals to each other's scents through various articles of clothing such as blankets, toys, and pillows. This helped in familiarising the animals with each other, and as a next step, I introduced the Doberman through a gate on the very first day.

It was important to closely monitor the interactions between the Doberman and my chihuahua and praise both the dogs for good behaviour. Once the initial introductions were over, I started to plan for feeding and fun activities together, which was the next step of the process.

Incorporating the Doberman into our daily routine, such as walks and playtimes, allowed me to build trust between the pets. Gradually, with constant supervision, all four animals began to understand each other's traits and adapted to each other’s company.

Although it is recommended that caution is maintained when introducing different breeds to each other, my experience has taught me that every pet has their unique personality and starting slowly helps in making the process less stressful. The friendship between my pets today serves as a reminder that every pet deserves love and a stable family.

hheathcote

Hello,

I have introduced a Doberman to my already existing pet household several years ago which had a 9-year-old Labradoodle and a pair of rabbits. Introducing a big, curious Doberman to adult rabbits may seem like a recipe for disaster, but it's possible.

I started by introducing the Doberman to the rabbits slowly. I first began with a brief introduction through the glass door of the rabbits' hutch so that they could get used to each other's smells. Over the next few days, the Doberman was on a leash and I would slowly walk her over to the rabbit hutch and allow her to sniff around.

Once the rabbits were calm and comfortable with the Doberman's presence, I would let her off the leash in the same room as the rabbits but maintained a safe distance until I knew for sure that she wouldn't cause any harm. Over several weeks, I allowed them to have more interactions, increasing the time they spent together outside their cages.

As for training, I taught the Doberman to follow basic obedience commands such as "leave it" and started practicing them during the introduction process. This allowed the rabbits to feel more comfortable around the Doberman, and also helped me in preventing any unwanted situations.

After a few weeks, they started to get used to each other's company and even started to interact with one another. They would hop around the room and play and the Doberman would even lay down next to them while they rested.

It was a long process, but it was worth it. Each pet became a part of this big, happy family and they still get along well years later.

obatz

Hi everyone,

I recently introduced a Doberman to my existing pet household, which included two small Yorkshire Terriers and a cat. One of the dogs was a rescue with a history of aggression towards larger dogs, so it was important to be careful during the introduction process.

The first step I took was setting up a separate room for the new Doberman, where she could get used to her surroundings slowly. I then introduced her scent to my other pets through her bedding, toys, and blankets. This helped them get familiar with her smell even before meeting her.

I started by allowing the dogs to interact on opposite sides of gates so they could get used to each other's presence. Once I felt that they were comfortable enough with each other, I brought them together on leashes, positively reinforced good behavior and kept the Doberman's energy level low to prevent any aggressive behavior.

To further ensure that they felt comfortable around each other, I would take them all out for walks together, which allowed them to be in a neutral space and bond on common terrain.

I also made sure to give each pet their own personal space and attention, so they never felt left out. I trained the Doberman in basic obedience and commands to maintain control in any situation.

It took a couple of months, but the dogs now play and sleep together, and the cat also feels comfortable around the new Doberman. I found that taking the introduction process slow and keeping a close eye on their behavior helped tremendously in creating a peaceful, loving household.

jaron.johnson

Hey there,

I have introduced a new Doberman into my pet household just a few months ago, which already had a 2-year-old corgi and a 6-month-old tabby. It was a bit complex for me as the Doberman was holding ground on everything which made the corgi uncomfortable.

What helped me with the introduction was giving the new pup her own space, far away from other pets. This way, she was being able to adapt to her new surroundings without any interference from the other pets. I started with baby steps, ensuring that my other pets got some time to sniff around the door of the isolated room.

While introducing them face-to-face, I started with leashed interactions, just to make sure that everything remains in control. I praised both dogs regularly for coming together, and calmed the Doberman down when I felt she was being too aggressive with the corgi.

The next day, during a feed, I kept the dogs in separate rooms with the doors barely open so they could smell each other while eating. Gradually, I began shortening the distance between them at mealtime.

It took a few weeks for the dogs to get along well, but it was worth it in the end. What really helped was sticking to a schedule and ensuring that everybody was getting equal attention and space, which really helped ease the tensions.

xeffertz

Hi there,

I recently went through the process of introducing a Doberman into my existing pet household, which consisted of a 2-year-old Golden Retriever and a 1-year-old cat. The introduction process can definitely be nerve-wracking, but I found that taking it slow and being cautious was the key to success.

Before bringing the new Doberman home, I made sure to have a separate room set up for her with all of her necessary supplies. This gave her a safe space to acclimate to her new surroundings and get used to the sounds and scents of my other pets.

Over the course of a few days, I gradually allowed the dogs to meet through a baby gate, which allowed them to see and smell each other without any direct physical contact. During these interactions, I made sure to give each dog plenty of positive reinforcement and treats for good behavior.

I also made sure to supervise any direct interactions between the dogs and the cat, as she was understandably nervous about the new addition. Over time, they all started to get along better and now even cuddle together on occasion.

In terms of training, I made sure to introduce basic obedience commands such as "sit" and "stay" to the Doberman early on. I also made sure to give her plenty of exercise and playtime to burn off any excess energy.

Overall, introducing a new Doberman into an existing pet household can definitely be a challenge, but with patience and persistence, it is possible to have a happy and harmonious household.

shaniya04

Hi everyone,

I recently introduced a new Doberman to my existing pet household, which had a 6-year-old Boxer and a 4-year-old Beagle. The process was a bit challenging as the Boxer had aggression issues towards other dogs.

The first thing we did was to allow the pets to smell each other's scents through blankets, toys, and bedding before meeting face-to-face. After that, we introduced the new Doberman by allowing her to be in a separate room and the Boxer and Beagle could get a sense of her presence.

Then, we had the dogs meet in a neutral location outside the house on a leash to prevent any physical contact. We ensured that they had positive interactions and provided treats and positive reinforcement where required.

We gradually introduced the Doberman to the household one at a time, always with supervision. We made sure that we provided the Boxer with ample space and attention to avoid any potential disagreements.

Training the new Doberman was crucial. She was taught basic obedience such as "sit", "stay", "leave it", and other commands that proved to be beneficial with overall interaction. We made sure that she had enough exercise to release any pent-up energy.

It took a few weeks for the pets to reach an equilibrium, but now they all co-exist happily. The Boxer and the Beagle even play with the Doberman and treat her like their own. In my experience, patience and positive reinforcement are a key to making the transition as smooth as possible.

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