Making Introductions

The first few days of owning a new puppy will be hectic enough for both of you without the added pressure of entertaining guests. Your pup will likely be tired out from her journey to your home, and too much excitement in the first few days of a new situation can make her very anxious. Aside from spacing out visits from friends and family you may also want to create a buffer period for the pup to get used to her new home before she meets any other pets.

Meeting Family and Friends

Don't overwhelm your pup the first day. Of course, everyone in the family will want to make her acquaintance, but hold off on introducing friends and neighbors for a while. Everything is new to the pup right now, and too much too soon will be upsetting. Let your Yorkie settle in for a few days before starting to schedule visits. Even then, you should space out meetings so the pup realizes that her new home will not be a three-ring circus at all times.

Meetings should be kept low-key. Even adults may be inclined to squeal over how cute your new addition is. Coach them on cooing instead. Loud noises could make your pup fearful of greetings. Even if you don't have children in your household, there are bound to be some in the neighborhood. Remind them to be quiet and to move carefully around the puppy. Don't let them pick her up. Instead, suggest they sit on the floor to meet the puppy on her own terms.

Meeting Another Dog

Yorkies are terriers that seem to imagine themselves as bigger than they are. They won't necessarily be submissive to bigger dogs. If you have another, larger dog, your first step is to arrange a meeting on neutral ground. Walk the dogs, separately, to a nearby park or a neighbor's yard. With them both on leash, but taking care to keep the leashes slack, let the dogs circle and sniff each other. Canine greetings can involve a certain amount of posturing, but keep an eye out for any bristling hair or lifted lips. Give them as much time as they want to make each other's acquaintance. Don't be alarmed if your puppy throws himself on his back. This is just a proper way of submitting to the older, bigger dog, and this move shows good sense on your pup's part.

Because puppies are so irresistible and so needy, people often spend all their time fussing over them and forget the faithful dog already in residence. This isn't fair to your older friend. Be sure to make time just for the older dog every day — a special walk, riding with you on errands, or playing fetch.

When they're either no longer interested in each other or have started offering to play, walk them home together. Check for any reactions when you reach home territory — some dogs-in-residence may be less gracious on their own turf. If any tensions arise, crate the puppy and let the older dog have free run of the premises. Pet and play with the older dog, and praise any positive interest in the pup. Then put the older dog on leash and bring the pup out of his crate, also on leash, and let them meet again.

If you take some time doing this, and remember to reserve time for your older dog so she doesn't feel usurped by the newcomer, you'll probably be fine. Keeping the pup on leash or baby-gated in a room will allow the older dog to make contact or stay away, as she chooses.

Meeting a Housecat

Before bringing your puppy home, be sure your cat has access to and is accustomed to using some high places. Any opening, such as a cat door, big enough for a cat will also let a Yorkie through, so only the heights are safe zones.

Because your puppy will be on a leash or otherwise confined, the introductions will be up to your cat. She may stay out of sight for a time, sit safely out of reach of the pup and observe, or boldly walk right past your pup. Don't fear for the cat — she's well equipped to fend for herself. Just keep your puppy from charging at the cat or barking up a storm. If you're going to turn the puppy loose in your safe room, be sure the cat is not in the room. Let them get used to each other at a safe, restrained distance.

Even if the two get off to a rocky start, chances are that they will soon become friends or at least learn to live with each other. Because a Yorkie is so small, most cats will not feel very threatened by the dog and won't try to assert dominance. You may even catch the two snuggled up together for a nap before long.

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