Today I’m answering a very common question that I get asked. Pommy Mommy’s Instagram friend Lauren asked about me about introducing a new dog into her Pomeranian Mufasa’s life.
Lauren: I’m thinking of introducing a new member to the doggie family and I’m nervous about how my Pomeranian Mufasa is going to take it. He is my baby and I don’t want him to hate me. Any ideas? How did your babies take it?
Pommy Mommy: Great question Lauren! Bringing a new Pomeranian into the home is something to give serious thought to. Make sure Mufasa gets along with other dogs first. Bring him to a dog park, friend or family’s home that have a dog similar in size and temperament to the dog you are thinking of bringing home.
I rescued all of the Pommy Mommy Girls at different times. The first thing I did was introduce the dogs in a common “safe” area.
For example: When I brought Sophia home I already had Maggie and Yoki. I brought Maggie and Yoki outside in the yard and let them get to know Sophia by sniffing and trying to play before I brought her into the house. All dogs are territorial and I didn’t want Maggie and Yoki to have that “You’re in my territory little dog” kind of attitude!
Little Sophia came to me shaved and very abused and was a little fickle… to say the least about people and other animals. She was only 3 pounds when she came to live with me and she was very protective of her personal space. If the other girls got to close to her face she would snap at them. After a few weeks and a lot of playtime, the “snapping” died down… she still growls (… a cute little warning grrrrr… letting them know she’s there.) She’s so small sometimes the other girls step over her! Maggie would come up to her and lick her face and she finally felt like she could trust her and Yoki. It just took a little time for everyone to get used to each other.
I don’t think Mufasa will hate you if you treat him as the “King”. At the Pommy Mommy home, I call Maggie the “Queen” and treat her as such. She and her late sister Shieka were the first Pomeranians that I rescued, so she has seniority.
When I brought Yoki home I made sure that Maggie did everything first. She
would always get her treat first, get in the car first, be picked up first… etc… This also lets the new dog know that there is a “Alpha dog” and a so-called pecking order in this new home. Make sure to give Mufasa the attention that you always have. It’s so fun to give lots of love to a new pup, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just continue to love and adore your Mufasa first and then share your love with your new one. (I know you will!)
All photo credit for this post belong to Lauren and Mufasa. Instagram @romanceandcigs