Oh yes, I am a Minnesota dog and I love winter, but when today when I howl at you about break the ice, it has nothing to do with the frozen stuff! We have a three dog family, we have a lab cousin Lena, and we also have several friends in the neighborhood. It can be a lot of fun to have friends over to play in our fenced yard or stay with us at our place while their humans are away, but what is the best way to break the ice with that territory issue? We find it to be a walk!
Some dogs can be real territorial about their house or yard, other dogs can sense a territory and are afraid to enter. With Katie, Bailie, and I, we all have different feelings depending on the dog, so what is the best way to invite a friend over without any issues. To break the ice at our pad, the rule is to always go for a walk with the newcomer before they enter our house or yard.
Last year our old pal Buddy was staying with us, but he doesn’t care much for other dogs, and cousin Lena was going to be staying with us as well. When Lena arrived, Mom ventured out with all four of us together for a very short walk after which everybody was fine with each other. We have to be on long leashes to get any kind of photos when we are walking as Mom can barely hang onto us let alone try to snap a picture!
The most amazing get together we had was our own “private dog park”. We were out walking while Buddy was staying with Katie and I. On our walk, we ran across our friend Cody who had his cousin staying with him. We all wanted to play, so after walking together towards our house for about ten minutes, we all went into our yard and had a great time playing. Even Buddy, the dog that doesn’t like dogs had a good time!
Introducing dogs to each other on neutral “walking grounds”, is a wonderful way to help ease any territorial issues before attempting to add one or more dogs to your yard or house.
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