Why Your Dog Drools Around the New Puppy
It’s an exciting moment for your family. You have just brought a new puppy home and can’t wait to introduce him to your other dog and family members. What you didn’t anticipate is a strange reaction from your dog. Your dog starts to drool like crazy in front of the new puppy. Here are some reasons that may explain this behavior.
Your Dog is Anxious or Excited
Dogs are social animals so they can get anxious or excited whenever they meet someone new. The presence of a new puppy is likely making the dog anxious or excited. Drooling is a natural reaction for dogs when they are in such states. You may have also noticed your dog drooling whenever you take him to the dog park to meet other furry companions.
Indication of a Health Issue
If the increase in drooling coincides with the time when you brought the new puppy home then the cause of drooling is likely related to stress, anxiety, or excitement. Otherwise, the excessive drooling might be an indication of a health condition. If the excessive drooling doesn’t go away after a few days then it a consultation with the vet might be worthwhile. Dogs can produce excessive saliva due to a number of conditions including dental diseases and allergies.
If you would like to make your dog feel less anxious about the new puppy then here are some simple tips. First, give your dog plenty of time “away” from the puppy. Make the introduction more gradual. For the first few days or weeks, your dog shouldn’t be expected to share the same space with the puppy 24/7. You should also give the dog plenty of treats and praises while he is around the new puppy. The dog will start to associate the puppy with positive things and will drool less over time.