How do I introduce a new pet to my existing pet? February 10 2021
As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Introducing a new pet to your current one can be a bit nerve-racking, but if you follow these simple steps, your furry friends’ nerves are sure to be put at ease.
Dog & Dog Introduction
First and foremost, it’s important to take the introduction process slowly. Have your dogs meet in a neutral place and leave them on the leash so you can keep some distance between them. However, allow them a little freedom to maneuver. The idea is to acquaint the dogs with each other while avoiding any hostility or discomfort between the two.
Before going inside your house, it’s helpful to have the dogs spend some time in your yard. To start, keep them on their leashes until you notice more relaxed and positive movements from both dogs. Once they seem to be more at ease, drop the leashes so they can interact freely.
Bring both dogs into the house at the same time. Make sure you have created an environment where each has their own space and belongings: food and water bowls, beds and toys.
We recommend supervising play and not leaving dogs alone in the house until you’re sure they are comfortable with one another. Be patient and in due time, animals and humans alike will feel happy and content in your loving home.
Cat & Dog Introduction
To the surprise of many, it is possible for dogs and cats to get along – and in some cases, even become the best of friends! It all comes down to the steps you take to introduce the two. In this case, it’s important to ensure that your cat has an area and belongings to call their own, including a litter box, scratching area, toys, food and water.
Keep your current pet in a room while the new pet roams the house to get familiar with their surroundings. After this, set up short, controlled meetings with your dog on a loose leash and do not allow inappropriate behavior (barking, growling, hissing) from either pet. (However, do not punish, because each animal will then associate the other pet with punishment.) Bring each pet’s favorite treat and toys to this meeting and end the interaction before either pet gets aggressive or angry. Permit the cat to roam as he or she pleases and reward the dog for listening and being calm. Repeat these sessions until the animals appear to be getting along well. Then you can allow them to roam freely throughout the house. It is recommended to continue to separate the cat and dog whenever you are not present to monitor them.
By using a gentle, thoughtful introduction process, you can create an everlasting friendship between all your furry family members.