Not Registering the Microchip
Microchipping your dog is only half the battle—many owners don’t realize you have to also register the microchip with your name and current contact information for it to work. Many registries charge a yearly fee or you can opt for the free microchip registry by Michelson Found Animals, Gilbreath says. Make sure your information is current every year, she adds. Moving soon? Learn how to make the process less stressful for your four-legged friends.
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Dropping the Leash and Telling Your Dog to “Make Friends”
Some dogs are immediately comfortable with other animals but many are not, and throwing your dog into a situation with another dog to “make friends” is a recipe for disaster, Gilbreath says. Start by making a careful introduction, looking for signs of distress in both animals. “Never force an interaction and have a place for each dog to go if they feel threatened—you can slowly bring them back together after they’ve had time to calm down,” she explains. Did you know you can make these amazing pet products yourself, in your own home?
Expecting All Your Pets to Get Along Perfectly From Day One
Introducing a new dog to your existing pets requires planning and patience, Gilbreath says. Make the first introduction on neutral ground (as in, not your home), keep both dogs leashed at first to maintain control, and have plenty of treats on hand to reinforce good behavior, she recommends. The struggle is worth it: Check out these 19 dog adoption photos that will melt your heart.