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Tips for successfully adding a puppy to your family

Looking at a puppy and saying "no" can be difficult for any pet owner. If the inability to say no is the reason you're adding a puppy to your family, this is an exciting time. But is it an exciting time for the older dog in your home? If you're unsure, these tips will help you make a successful introduction and ensure your pets get along with one another as they do with you.

* Make a gradual introduction. Your dog is more accommodating to gradual change than abrupt shifts. The same goes when introducing your dog to your new puppy. Avoid the urge to unite everyone at once when adding a puppy to your family. Instead, keep the puppy separated from your other dog for a few hours, a day or a few days (depending on your existing dog). While your puppy is secluded, your dog will be getting used to its scent. When you do bring your pets into the same room, be sure to keep early meetings brief and keep the puppy near you for reassurance.

* The right food for the right pet. Your dog and your puppy will not eat the same foods early on so give each of them a separate dish. Wysong's Adult™ Canine Formula is perfect for your older dog while Growth™ Canine Formula is ideal for puppies.

* Make sure your older dog has space of his own. Puppies don't know when to say when and providing your older dog with a place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet is sure to make him feel better about the family's new addition.

* Referee play time. Encouraging your dogs to play together may not be as easy as simply turning them loose in the back yard. A dramatic size difference or aggressive actions by your older dog could lead your puppy to feel intimated. Watch over early play sessions to ensure everyone is playing fair and having fun.

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