Most, if not all, here are dog lovers.
My son unexpectedly informed me he was getting a male golden labrador retriever [+/- 1 yr. old] from a co-worker. We have an older male border collie and a 3 yr. old german shepard [female]. We have cats too but they're good at holding their own space.
I'm looking to learn more about introducing a new dog to the pack and any favorite calming methods or natural supplements you have used.
This will be my 12th dog in my life so I'm well versed in ownership. The new dog, the lab, comes from owners who shouldn't have purchased a dog. He doesn't walk well on a leash, is very excitable, and it is apparent the old owners didn't do much with him. His name is Bolt. He is not aggressive.
Flyboy, the border collie is old...15yrs. and is mellow. I just have to watch that Bolt doesn't get too rambunctious with Fly.
Greta, the german shepard, is another story. She's the first GS I've owned and that breed is more sensitive in temperament than other dogs I've had. I raised her, as well as Flyboy from pups and puppies are much easier to introduce to an older dog.
Greta is not happy with having a new dog. I've got crates and doorway gates to separate but would like to get back to normal harmony as quickly as possible.
Here's the supplements I'm trying, currently:
* L-Theanine: this is said to produce alpha brain waves.
*Homeopathic Rescue Remedy for pets...I put this in their water.
*Valerian Root Tincture....this goes in their food, couple times/day.
To recap, looking for other natural supplements any have used with good results and calming methods,
Tips for introducing a new dog.
Tips for training a dog that lacks ease in handling, walking and living with other animals.
Thanking you in advance,
I was abandoned by wolves and raised by my parents.
updated by @michelle: 06/12/19 05:10:02PM