I have a two-year-old male Golden Retriever and want to adopt another. Is it ok that I adopt a female Golden Retriever? How should I introduce the two each other? Will it be fine to mate the two in future? –

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My advice depends on your objective of keeping two dogs. Many pet parents plan to keep second dog hoping to reduce behavioural problems like separation anxiety or loneliness, etc, but the truth is that another dog is not likely to change that behaviour. Whatever your reasons you decided to add another dog to the family, just be aware that bringing in a new dog is a huge change for an older dog, and unless you go about it the right way, it could create a lot of stress. With the new dog and older dog on a leash held by someone else, let the older dog sniff, lick and explore the newly adopted pet. A couple of minutes will be more than enough time for this initial introduction. Remove the new pet from the room and lavish your older dog with attention and praise.

Question by – Mandy, Goa

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