Introduce the dogs in a neutral area, like a dog park, with help from another person to ensure a positive first meeting.
Walk both dogs together, with humans forming a barrier between them, allowing them to get used to each other's presence.
When returning home, ensure people enter first, followed by the resident dog, and then the new dog. This creates a welcoming atmosphere.
Let the dogs decide who takes the lead; don't force a hierarchy. Some dogs are content not being the pack leader.
Feed dogs separately, provide separate beds and toys, and prevent resource guarding to avoid conflicts.
Determine what triggers stress or aggression between dogs, and try to eliminate those stressors, like closing curtains during mail deliveries.
Regular exercise helps release endorphins and reduces aggression.
Ensure your dog receives high-quality protein, which aids mood regulation.
Teach your dogs basic obedience commands to create predictability and reduce stress.
Massages, TTouch, and aromatherapy can help relax stressed dogs.