How long does it take for dogs to become friends?

Dogs are known for being loyal and friendly animals, but how long does it actually take for them to become friends? Studies have shown that it can take anywhere from just a few minutes to as long as two weeks for dogs to form a friendship. In this blog post, we will explore the different factors that play into how long it takes dogs to become friends as well as tips for introducing your old dog to a new dog. We will also discuss some of the benefits of having dog friendships!

Dogs are social animals and need companionship

Dogs are social animals who benefit greatly from having a companion. When left alone, dogs can become anxious and stressed, which can lead to health problems. A second dog can provide companionship and reduce boredom, helping your dog to stay active and mentally stimulated. In addition, having another dog around can provide much-needed security and comfort, particularly for rescue dogs or those who have experienced trauma. As pack animals, dogs also crave the structure and hierarchy that comes from being part of a group. By having two dogs, you can help your furry friend to feel like part of a family and avoid feelings of isolation and loneliness.

It takes time for two dogs to become friends, but they will eventually bond

How long it takes two dogs to become friends can vary depending on a number of factors, including the dogs’ personalities, ages, energy levels, and prior experiences. In general, however, it usually takes a few days for two dogs to get to know each other and become comfortable around each other. This usually goes much faster when introducing puppies or even a puppy to an older dog versus introducing two older dogs. The first step is usually for the dogs to simply get used to each other’s presence. Once they are comfortable being in the same space, they will start to explore each other and interact with each other. This is when they will start to develop a friendship. How long it takes for this process to occur can vary depending on the individual dogs, but it typically happens within a week or two.

Introducing your old dog(s) to your new dog for the first time

Maintaining a happy, healthy home for your pets can sometimes be challenging – especially when you have multiple animals of different species. If you’re thinking of introducing a new dog into your home, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind in order to make the transition as smooth as possible for your old dog (see also ‘How to Take Care of Senior Dogs‘). First, choose a quiet time to introduce the dogs – ideally when there won’t be any other distractions or commotion in the house. Let them sniff each other out and become acquainted with one another’s scent before actually meeting face-to-face. When you do let them interact, supervision is key; keep a close eye on their body language and intervene if necessary. Finally, be sure to provide plenty of positive reinforcement in the form of treats (see also ‘7 Best Puppy Treats Reviewed’) or praise whenever they behave well around each other. With a little patience and planning, you can successfully add a new furry friend to your family without disrupting your old dog’s routine too much.

Additional tips for introducing your old dog to a new dog

If you’re like most dog owners, your furry friend is family. So, it only makes sense that you want to introduce them to any new members of the pack in a way that will be stress-free and enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are a few tips to help make the introduction of a new dog to your old dog go smoothly: 

  • Start by letting your old dog sniff the new arrival’s crate or bedding while it’s still in the house – this will help them get used to the new scent. 
  • Remember to take things slow. Dogs rely heavily on their sense of smell, so it’s important to give them time to get acquainted with each other’s scent. Allow them to sniff each other from a safe distance at first, gradually increasing the amount of time they spend together as they become more comfortable. 
  • Another important factor is body language (see also ‘ Can Dogs Sense Evil? ‘). Be sure to observe both dogs carefully during the introductions and look for any signs of aggression or fear. If either dog appears uncomfortable, separate them and try again later. If either shows signs of aggression toward the other, it’s important to separate the dogs and give them more time to see that the other dog isn’t a threat to them or to the family.
  • Once the new dog has settled in, take them for a walk together – this will give both dogs a chance to explore and get some exercise. Going on a walk (see also ‘The Best Gear for Hiking with your Dog‘) is also a way to distract them while they are still getting to know one another.
  • When you’re back home, let the old dog enter the house first and give them some time to adjust – then you can bring in the new dog. 
  • If either dog seems anxious (see also ‘Why Does My Dog Lick My Feet?‘) or aggressive, keep them separate until they’ve had a chance to calm down. With patience and positive reinforcement, you’ll soon have two happy furry friends!
  • Keep an eye on them for a while – leaving the dogs alone together too early in the relationship could be a recipe for disaster. As the dogs become more comfortable with each other and show they can get along, they should be fine to be left alone with one another.
  • Finally, remember that positive reinforcement goes a long way with dogs. Reward both dogs with treats and praise whenever they display good behavior around each other. With a little patience and effort, you’ll have two happy, furry family members in no time!

Dogs can be protective of their pack (or family), so it’s important to make sure everyone in the home is following the rules

When introducing a new dog into the family, it is important to have patience and take things slowly. Dogs are protective of their pack and may be wary of a new dog at first. It is important to let the dogs sniff each other and get to know each other before trying to force them to interact. Once they have had a chance to get to know each other, they will likely be more comfortable around each other. If the introduction is done too quickly, it could result in a fight between the dogs. So, take your time, let them get to know each other, and soon they’ll be best friends. Be patient with your dog – he or she will come around given enough time!


It’s hard to say for sure how long it takes for dogs to become friends because there are so many variables involved. Age, breed, personality and socialization all play a role in how quickly dogs form bonds. With that said, most experts agree that if you provide your dog with plenty of positive social interaction and exposure to other people and animals, they will likely be friendly enough for you to take them on walks around the neighborhood within a few months. Be patient with your dog – every dog is different, but he or she will almost certainly come around given enough time!

John Lowery

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