In a couple of weeks, after Merlin's next vaccination on March 5, I'll be bringing him by my parents' house to meet our bichons for the second time. He met them both on the day I brought him home, but the vet suggested waiting until Merlin's older, since the bichons go to the groomer and are boarded some.
I was very careful with the first meeting. Chrissy (the oldest of the two) sniffed Merlin a few times and then walked away from him to go stay in her bed. Gizmo (the younger one) came over, sniffed him, barked, and then ran off to join Chrissy. While I don't expect them to be able to spend extended periods of time together, I'd love to be able to bring my dog over and have them coexist peacefully in the backyard for an hour or so.
When we brought Gizmo home four years ago, Chrissy struggled with it and put him in his place, but she always was forced to live with the fact that Gizmo wasn't going anywhere. Merlin, however, isn't staying at the house forever.
It doesn't help that Chrissy and Gizmo weren't socialized with other dogs outside of our home.
So, how have you all introduced dogs to each other? Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.
Should the bichons come to my place first, instead, or will a backyard introduction at my parents' be ok?
This is all kinda new to me, and while Merlin will most likely be really enthusiastic and excited to meet new dogs, I don't know how the bichons will handle it when they realize that Merlin isn't just disappearing from my life.