Making Sure Dogs Get Along

Many shelters will ask you to take in other pets to see if a potential adoptee is a good fit.


Q. Will my pets like my shelter dog? 
A. Dogs are pack animals by nature and tend to get along once their "status” is established. Many dogs that are adopted come from shelters that house a very large number of dogs. For this reason, the shelter or rescue group will be able to help you identify the dog that will get along with your pets since they have already identified the dogs that may not get along together in their shelter. Keep in mind that the shelter environment is different from your home. Most shelters and rescues will encourage you to take your dog in to meet the potential newcomer. Be sure to call the shelter to confirm the meeting.


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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

10/15/2013 10:56:20 PM

Good information. thanks

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Annalyn   Ewa beach, Hawaii

12/23/2012 9:50:54 AM

Our dog Peaches was adopted and got along fine with other dogs before. But ever since, we got her she hated being with any dogs and growls at them. Walking her with other dogs around is a nightmare! However, we really wanted another dog, so we adopted one. Peaches is not happy and growls at our new dog Pepper. Pepper is very mellow and wants to play with Peaches. Any suggestions on how I can help Peaches and Pepper get along? I really don't want to have to get rid of our new dog...

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Richard   Fort Worth, TX

5/2/2012 5:02:08 PM


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Shannon   Algonquin, IL

8/20/2011 1:00:29 AM

We picked up our pooch from Animal Control last year and we've decided to go get another one. We know that Animal Control is a safe and trusted place, so we are looking forward to meeting and then introducing a new pet to our current pet very soon.

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