Tx is right, the dogs will work it out between themselves, who is boss dog. yup.
I've heard it is helpful, to introduce two new dogs in NEUTRAL territory, like a park. Especally if there is question of if they will get along. Is worth getting off to a good start. Ive heard the 'resident' dog's home is sometimes NOT the best place to make introduction.
I've never done this, but i've seen it several times on various dog tv shows. Go to some park, and you walk your 'resident' dog on leash, and someone else walks New dog on leash, about 30 feet apart, parallel, but going opposite directions...start with even more distance if needed, and keep passing back and forth, so dogs can slowly get accustomed to each other from afar.
With each pass, you both come in slowly towards each other, shortening the distance...passing back and forth, each time a few more feet closer.......if no signs of aggression,:doghappy: keep on making it closer. Let them introduce themselves and sniff and all that.
I"d keep both dogs leashed initially, while trying to avoid a taught leash on either, but leave leash on to pull them away if there is any real trouble....if all is going okay, Some dogs get honked off easier on a leash...be nice if you could find fenced in park to drop the leash if it is going well......Drop leash, do not take leash off.
I've seen on tv, when that does NOT work out, :dogangry:that walking both dogs in same direction for a while, (to avoid the face-to-face scenario) but some distance apart helped. And close in to a side by side thing...
(I've had several dogs that did not like a dog on first meet, but for some reason, SECOND meet, =best friends. Go figure. My ol Toby, never liked any dog at first, nope,:dognowink: Toby always required two meets to like any new dog. He was a crank though, ha ha, had arthritis... )
PLUS, they'll get a lil worn out, be more relaxed from all this walking and walking, and maybe won't have as much energy to protest if they dont' like each other?:msngiggle:
I"ve also heard, that sometimes, is good idea if possible, to close door or gate off new dog in some room, so dogs can get used to each other for first day, through the gate. I've always wondered if that isn't hard for New dog...?
Some folks say New Dog does need a ton of sleep anyway, is stressful to a dog to move. Ha, my new dog, Buddy, he slept sooo much the first day or two,:ysleeping: i thought he must be old?!!? (Vet says he is either 1 or 2 years old, and he is lively lil fella now!! )
Probably your dogs will do just fine, :cheers:and won't need all that separate room stuff!!!!!
HOPE IT GOES WELL!! LET US KNOW!! When does New Dog come home?
Also, be aware, is way easy to 'lose' New Dog, he does NOT know where he lives, you are no one to him yet, and there are great smells everywhere to be followed...