All in the Family: Getting Miniature Pinschers to Get Along with Other Dogs
How do you get your Miniature Pinscher to Get Along with Other Dogs?
If you’re a dog lover, you most likely understand the desire to have more than one dog. This doesn’t necessarily mean keeping to only one breed, but instead means having a variety of companions that you can come home to and enjoy. However, if you are considering getting more than one dog, especially in the Miniature Pinscher breed, you will want to make sure you know what all of the barks will be about.
The very first rule to owning any dog is to make sure that rules are set. All dogs, whether they are like my miniature pinscher or bull mastiffs, work as pack animals. This means that they will naturally stay with their own kind. If they are working together, they will naturally move with the other dogs in order to achieve whatever the goal is. With any pack, the strongest and oldest will be the one in charge, referred to as the ‘alpha dog’ or ‘top dog.’ This means that if you have more than one dog, you need to make sure that they understand the rules of the pack.
The first top dog with more than one animal should be you. All of the dogs should understand that you say what happens and when it happens. You can do this in several ways. First, reinforce the rules of the house. You can do this by telling your dog when she’s done something good as well as when she misbehaves. You can also set physical boundaries in order to make sure that your dogs know what is happening. For example, if you’re having trouble disciplining your dogs, you shouldn’t let your dogs sleep with you. Instead, give them a crate at the bottom of the bed. The dogs will relate this physical space to recognition that you are first in charge. Whichever dog is closer to you will be the second in charge. You can apply this same special separation at any point in time at your home in order to let your Miniature Pinscher know who the senior dog is and that you, above all, are the top dog.
Of course, there are other things to keep in mind with your Min Pin. If you already have a dog, make sure that he walks in and knows who the senior dog is and who gets the first priority. Your Miniature Pinscher will begin to notice this and won’t have a problem getting along with the dog. You may notice that every once in a while your Min Pin will try to challenge the senior dog. You can prevent this by showing your Min Pin that she can’t challenge the other dog by setting everything up so the senior dog has some priority. For example, you can do this with simple little gestures like these: you can feed your most senior dog first, you can play with him first, you can let him out the door first. If you do this, you’ll have fewer headaches relating to who the alpha dog is, and you’ll help prevent a lot of problems and fighting.
If you want to avoid confrontations and make sure that your dogs will get along from the beginning, then the best thing that you can do, even before setting the rules, is to make sure you get the right Miniature Pinscher. No two dogs are alike, and all will have various character traits. Finding a Min Pin that is a little calmer will help to avoid confrontations. You might also want to consider the gender of your new Min Pin. It is known that females are more territorial than males. If you already have a female dog, and especially a female Min Pin, you will most likely not want to get a second one, as the challenges for the alpha dog and for territory can become viscous. If you aren’t certain, make sure that you speak to the person that is selling you the Miniature Pinscher dog about characteristics and possible problems. Most good breeders will give you a chance to bring your Min Pin back if there are challenges and fights that are making any of the dogs uncomfortable or unhappy.
As long as you set the rules and keep everything in place, all of the dogs can be happy with a Min Pin being part of the family. All you need to do is remember that you are first in charge, and you say who is next in the pack. The dogs you have will understand and respect this, which will avoid challenges, fights and any miserable situations that may occur. If you want to keep the family happy, it first means keeping the family in order.
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