The determination of pet compatibility
- Ask the shelter or breeder. Ask the shelter staff or breeder about the socialization of the puppy before you bring it home. Ask the breeder or shelter staff about how your puppy interacts with other dogs and cats if they have any cats.
- Before your pet arrives, get to know one another. You can either bring a blanket or toy from home to help your puppy get used to the scent of other animals in the house before introducing them to your home.
- Find out about problems that have been identified. If you are interested in adopting a shelter dog, tell the staff if you have any pets. Before you adopt a dog from a shelter, make sure you let them know if you have any problems with your dog’s relationship with other animals.
- Give them time. You shouldn’t expect animals to instantly accept each other. Animals who live in the house must be patient and allow their new pets to become part of their lives.
Adoption of a puppy and dogs in the home
- Introduce your new pet to the dogs who are already living in the home. Take your puppy to a safe, small area with no other animals when he first arrives in the home.
- Attend the first meeting. When introducing a puppy to another pet in the home, a responsible adult owner must also be present.
- Begin animal introductions on neutral territory. Begin by introducing the dogs to neutral territory outside your home. The leash must be used to control the behavior of both dogs. Both dogs should be controlled by you. Allow them to examine and sniff each other.
- Be patient. If your dog doesn’t respond the way you desire, don’t get mad at it. Give your dog enough time to adjust to your new pet.
- Dogs should be kept on a leash. After establishing calm interactions between the dogs, you can let the animals loose from the leash. Allow them to enter the house together. If you have to quickly take the dog out, a leash is a good option. It’s easier to pull on the lead than to hold onto the dog with your hands.
- You should wait until you are certain that the friend will be a good friend. Once you’re certain that your dog can communicate calmly with the other dogs, you can remove the leashes upon your return home.
Important Tips for Peaceful Coexistence of Animals
- Female dogs deserve special attention. Contrary to popular belief, female dogs are more likely to be aggressive than male dogs which can make it more difficult for owners to resolve conflicts.
- The dogs should establish a hierarchy. Each animal must establish its own relationships and decide who is dominant. Dogs are pack animals and must be able to occupy a specific place within the group.
- Take care when you feed your dog. This is the time that collisions are most likely due to rivalry and feelings between dogs. You should give preference to the aggressive or dominant dog during these times. It is possible to even need to separate their feeding areas.
Introduce your puppy to your cats
It will be easier to introduce your cat to dogs if your cat is already familiar with them. The following guidelines will help you make the acquaintance process easier.
- Be calm and controllable: When introducing your dog, keep him on a leash. Reward your dog for being calm.
- Make sure the cats are not confined by the dog. You can set aside a space for them to meet. The cat will be able to hide if it is high enough that the dog cannot reach it.
- Give them some time. Don’t force your cat to get in touch with the dog. Let the cat have a relationship with the dog.
It takes time to get to know new animals and “old-timers”, and sometimes relationships between pets and their owners do not develop immediately. You will slowly learn about your dog’s personality and past experiences before she is placed in her new home. Also, be sensitive to the needs of your existing pets and your dog. This will help you create a peaceful environment for your pets.