The Best Way To Introduce Dogs

A big problem people experience on the walk is the over excited dogs andBest Way To Introduce Dogs they try to introduce them to other dogs on the leash.

All breeds from Great Danes to Chihuahua’s can get so excited they cannot control themselves. It becomes frustrating when they try to meet other dogs and they practically pull you over and drag you along. It can be scary, dangerous, and embarrassing until you feel out of control and at the mercy of your dog.

Aggression or Excitement?

Since dogs cannot communicate with us, it is hard to know what they are experiencing and feeling. Their behavior may be a combination of excitement and stress. However, this may not be the right condition for your dog to meet other dogs. There is more of a chance that things can go wrong.

You should avoid approaching other dogs if your dog is barking, eyes bulging, rearing up their hind legs, or gasping for air…you get the picture.

In this post, you will have three options to choose. You will have a simple and basic approach to select one of the three, then go and practice with your dog.

It is important that you realize that there are ONLY 3 options to choose from and that you have established yourself as the pack leader – this is crucial.

1. Approach the other dog – If your dog is calm then you may decide to simply approach the other dog on the leash. Remain silent as you walk your dog towards the other dog and let them meet. In other words stay out of it and do not upset the calm environment in front of you.

2. Stay away – If your dog is opposite as from the first option, then he is out of control. If he is barking, pulling on the leash then your gut instinct should tell you to avoid approaching the other dog and just walk past by. It could be a number of reasons. Maybe you feel you do not have time to work with your dog to calm him down. Maybe the other dog appears too aggressive, a little unsure, old or small. An important reason is to show your dog that he cannot get to meet and sniff every dog on the walk.

3. Calm your dog and then make a decision – Do some training to calm your dog down. After you have done this you may choose to approach the other dog or not. You make the decision. Your focus here is by showing your dog that if they calm down they will be rewarded. Within time your dog will learn that by staying calm they can meet other dogs.

Which option is right for me?

All three options are right for you at different times. In fact, it is very likely that you will choose to use all three options at some point depending on the situation.

Younger dogs will probably need a bit more calming down than older dogs and working with your dog will definitely pay off in the long run.

Guaranteeing it will work

As mentioned earlier, you must be the pack leader…this is the secret toThe Secret To Calming Your Dog calming your dog in this situation. The training will take a little time but it is not that difficult.

Learning the 5 Golden Rules of becoming the pack leader by Doggy Dan’s, The Online Dog Trainer, your dog will respect you and will know you are in charge. You can visit the Doggy Dan’s video website here to learn how to become the pack leader.

Avoid This Fatal Mistake

A big mistake people make is rewarding bad behavior without realizing it. Imagine there’s a dog across the street. Your dog barks because he wants meet the other dog. You simply cross over to have them meet, even though the meeting goes well you have just rewarded your dog’s barking and excitement. So what will happen? Every time your dog sees a dog in the walk he will bark and become excited until it is almost unbearable and eventually you realize you have a big problem!

All dogs can learn to be calm as they approach other dogs. A bit of your commitment and patience can turn them around, it is not complicated once you know how.

Take time at home to establish yourself as the pack leader. Your dog will take notice of you and what you are doing. They will see you as the one in charge.

To learn more about the 5 Golden Rules of becoming the pack leader Click HERE. Remember, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days.

I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any questions or comments, please post them below.

28 thoughts on “The Best Way To Introduce Dogs”

  1. Very interesting! I have two dogs, one that is not so friendly with stranger-dogs and another who is quite the opposite. Yet sometimes they can be quite unpredictable. Great read, this gives me some really good ideas on how approach this situation in the future. It’s important that you note not to inadvertently award bad behavior. Thanks for sharing!

    1. When people reward a dog’s bad behavior they are basically following their lead. Their barking and excitement will continue to increase and the pet owner will no longer have control of their dogs.

      I’m glad you found the article helpful. Thank you so much for your comment.

  2. My dog is VERY well trained and very well behaved in public – he always looks to me for guidance when other dogs are about to cross our path. The problem I find is with other dog owners, who allow their dogs to take charge instead of remaining in control. I’ve struggled to find a way to address this with other dog owners without sounding rude, do you have any ideas?

    1. Hi Shirley,

      You must have spent a lot of time training your dog. That is great. I’m sure many dog owners are not happy with their dog’s behavior and are frustrated. Maybe you may have crossed path with someone who may feel this way. The best recommendation is direct them to The Online Dog Trainer website. I hope this helps.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  3. Hello,
    thank you for sharing a very interesting article about the best way to introduce dogs. I have to point m out, you really explain in detail everything we need to know about introducing the dog. Your article is very informative and easy to read. Keep up the good work, wish you all the best

  4. This is a good read. I think the most important thing is being the pack leader, as you say. I find that a lot of people don’t realise how often they not only let their pets decide, but reinforce the sometimes-negative behaviours of their pets.

    I admit, I used to make a lot of those mistakes myself, until I took the time to learn more about how to properly interact with my dog.

    What would you recommend in the case of your dog barking and being nervous/ excited, but the owner of the other dog approaching you after you’ve made the decision to keep away?

    1. Hi Craig,

      First of all it’s important to recognize if your dog is being aggressive or just excited. Being excited may not always mean your dog is aggressive. The best recommendation is work to calm your dog down. Once you’ve calmed him down then slowly let your dog meet other dogs, but be watchful and alert. Calming your dog is the key. I hope this has helped.

      Thank you for your comment and let me know how it worked out with your dog.

  5. Wow, This is a very helpful and interesting post, not only for me but also for anybody that has pets because I think we can relate to that situation.
    When we don´t even know how to calm our dogs.

    I had 2 dogs for almost 6 years and recently I adopted another one and they have been having issues when they are together.
    This post has been very helpful to look at this problem with the perspective of the dog.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Santiago,

      I’m glad you found this post helpful. I hope the information provided tips you can use to solve the issues with your dogs.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  6. I really love the tips and advise you give on dog training, and will definitely try it with my dogs. I will be looking forward for more tips and advise and will try out your suggestions on dog training. I really appreciate it, and wish you the best with your success, thank you!

    1. Hi Abraham,

      Thank you and I’m glad you found the article beneficial. I look forward to posting more tips very soon.

      Again thank you and I appreciate your comment.

  7. Hi there, I have a dog and whenever I take him out he gets angry and violent when he sees another dog I think I did the fatal mistake you mentioned in the post, anyway I can fix this issue?
    Thanks for this detailed post, I love how you are knowledgeable in this topic!

    1. Hi Anis,

      An aggressive dog can be trained. Doggy Dan provides training for all kinds of problems on dogs, large or small, old or young. I posted an article that may help with dog aggression. I hope this gives you tips you can use to help you resolve the problem.

      Thank you for stopping by and I appreciate your comment.

  8. My Mom has a dog, that is a yappy little thing, she always gives her a treat to quieten her down, and I always try to tell her it is not such as great idea because the dog has learned that she can get her own way by being noisy when she wants.

    It is interesting too because just in your example, she shouts when she sees another dog but then when the meeting happens, she is super friendly, excited, waggin tail, lots of nice sniffing and will even sit still for a while with the other dog, and my mom gives her a treat, I think she has also figured out if she shouts at other dogs and says hello she will get a nice biscuit.

    Overall I think she is a calm kind of dog, because she never really gets super excited, just makes a lot of noise.

    Best wishes


    1. Hi Neil,

      How cute! Some dogs are just so friendly. You are right…when she gives him treats to quiet the dog may lead to a behavior that may become a problem later on. But it sounds like her little dog is just a calm dog.

      Thank you for stopping by and giving a comment.

  9. Hello

    Great information in this article on introducing dogs, your tips are very good and do work. I have been a dog owner all my life and this is how I approach introducing my dog to new dogs and even people, the doggy on your banner looks so sad maybe he needs a friend?

    1. Hi Jeffrey,

      Sometimes people don’t take control of a situation by calming their dogs down, so there may be a need to educate the dog owner.

      Hmm..he does a friend, doesn’t he?

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  10. Hi there,
    I’ve found your article fascinating!
    I have two big dogs and to be honest I’ve never trained them, and I pay the price today! Each time I meet other owner dogs in the field, I get into a panic and attach them right away. My dogs are unsupportable with other dogs. They are willing to attack as soon as they see other dogs. It is a big problem for me! Today, I take them separately, and it is way much easier to control the dog.
    I will try what you have suggested in the article, but first with one dog and then with both!
    Just a question, please. Do you think that the problem is because they are together? How to behave with two dogs when meeting other dogs?
    Thank you for this excellent post!

    1. Hi Daniella,

      Dogs are naturally pack leaders and this is why they behave by aggression or any other dog behavior issues. The best recommendation is to work on calming your dog while out on a walk if he becomes excited or on a panic mode. But in order for any training to work or succeed you have to become the pack leader, the one in charge. I previously posted an article that explains more about dog aggression.

      I hope this helps. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  11. I think dogs are like babies 🙂 – they test you to see the borders they can cross and the borders they can’t cross. Once a border is crossed, it is very hard to re-establish it.
    I had a dog – he was trained and we did well but he was very keen on meeting other dogs. He was always very friendly and excited till that one time when the other dog suddenly became very aggressive. We barely separated them and I learnt my lesson – you cannot be 100% confident about any animal. If you are certain about your dog, the problem could arise from the other dog.

    1. Hi Arta,

      The incident you experienced reminded me of an experience I remember about my sister dog attacked by a neighbors dog.Her dog was an Irish Setter and the neighbor’s dog was a pit bull. The Irish Setter’s name was Red. Red was a very lovable dog. While he was outside walking in front of his home the pit bull came running from his home across the street charging at Red and attacked.

      Between my brother-in-law and a friend tried to release the pit bull from Red. The pit bull’s jaws were locked on to Red and I remember hearing Red give out a cry. The owner of the pit bull did not take any responsible action.

      The point is sometimes the dog owner is the one responsible for their dogs actions or behavior.

      Doggy Dan provides training for all types of dogs, young or old, and helps people train their dogs for all types of dog behavior issues. But he helps dog owners understand their dogs so they can succeed in their dog training.

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it.

  12. I tend to not let my dog meet other dogs on leash. It creates a lot of tension since the dogs know they can’t escape if they need to.

    If its someone I know and we want our dogs to meet we will first parallel walk them. Maybe on opposite sides of the street for a bit and gradually get closer together. Once the dogs are comfortable walking near each other they are usually okay to meet on leash.

    Good point on not rewarding bad behavior. Positive reinforcement has worked for my pup.

    1. Hi Katie,

      That method is a good plan. I’ve watched Doggy Dan in one of his videos use this method in training dogs before letting dogs to meet. Have you seen his training?

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  13. This is actually so interesting.

    Of course my dog has met many other dogs on our many walks, and while he’s usually very well behaved, I didn’t realize that this was something you could put so much thought into!

    You make a lot of really good points here, and give some great advice. The last thing anyone needs to is have their dog getting out of control every time they see another dog!

    Honestly, thanks for sharing. This is something I will definitely be keeping in mind in the future.

  14. I really like your web page.

    My wife and I have a small yorkiepoo. He has very good behavior and not overly excitable. But, we have yet to really give him any good training. He is 4 years old now. He is of course house broken – hasn’t had any accidents in the house since he was a puppy. He comes we when call him and is good on his leash. But with all that said we have never really trained him to sit, or any of basic commands outside of coming when we call him.

    Luckily he has no bad habbits, but it would be fun to train him to do some tricks.

    Now, my sister’s dog is a brute to deal with. He’s a springer spaniel and a great dog, but no discipline at all. I am certainly going to share your website with her. Hopefully she will pick up on some of the many great instructions here.

    1. Hi TD,

      I appreciate your comment. I’m glad to hear that you don’t have issues with your little dog. Sounds like you have a good relationship between you and your dog which is what many people would like to have with their pets. Maybe your sister would consider looking into some of tips offer on this website.

      Thank you for your comment.

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