Q. We will be adopting a 3 year old Pit Bull this weekend. We have a 9 year old Dashaund already in the house. What should we do to help him adapt?

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A. Congratulations on your new dog. I am assuming he has already been tested with your dog and vice versa? When you bring the new dog home, I suggest having both dogs on leash and meeting again outside of the home on neutral ground and taking a pack walk together once they have calmed down and seem okay. From there, once in the home you can keep the new dog leashed and just kinda let him wander around and explore the home. You may want to invest in a crate until he has proven to be house trained but keep the crate a positive space. Other things would be a new dog bed, dishes, toys, chew treats, etc. Also slowly transition him to your preferred food if it's not the same he's used to.

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