Weimaraner Rescue of SC

Our mission is to guard the welfare of all Weimaraners in South Carolina by providing science-based information to owners; assisting families rehoming their dog; obtaining custody of all Weimaraners held in shelters; and rehoming those dogs by applying modern assessment techniques to match dogs to families to optimize success and the well-being of all.​

How to Introduce Dogs Safely

The following dog introduction information was provided by Sindar Kennel Boarding & Behavior  www.sindarkennel.com

When introducing dogs:

  • Start with a walk around the neighborhood with the dogs walking parallel to each other.  Do not do a greeting before the walk.
  • Then walk into a fenced area at the end of the walk (neutral location is best, not belonging to either dog, like a fenced ballpark or safe neighbors yard) and drop the leads out of your hands.
  • Leave the leads on the collar in case you have to grab them but do not hold the lead in your hand since that has a muting effect on a dog’s body language.  Also, being tethered on a lead increases fear so you want to mimic the absence of a lead without actually removing it.  You can remove the leads after a while, once it looks like the dogs are relaxed in each others presence. 

Introductions are best done outdoors, not indoors.  When dogs experience fear, the flight-flight response immediately kicks in. (SAM axis) http://dogzombie.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-rough-guide-to-fight-or-flight.html  Being outdoors gives dogs more of a sense of being able to “fly away” then does being in an enclosed room.  If a dog does not feel he/she can retreat when afraid, they will offensively aggress (fight).

If a fight were to unexpectedly break out after you remove the leads, a garden hose sprayed directly in the faces of the dogs stops a dog fight very effectively and keeps the humans safe.  Also, you can grab the back two legs of the dogs and pull them apart and away, like a wheelbarrow.  Never, ever, reach into a dog fight near the dog’s heads!Type your paragraph here.