Bringing A Dog Into A Home With Other Pets

Often, people wish to adopt a new animal into a home where there are already other pets. This isn’t always an easy process, but as long as you understand the basics and you are able to make a few changes, it shouldn’t be too hard. Sometimes, owners are forced to adopt more than one animal and they won’t know where to start – with our methods, we hope that the process is fairly straightforward.

Consistency In Training Is Important

To successfully train both your dog and other pets to get along, there are a few key steps to success. First of all, you must be consistent throughout your canine’s training program – this means that you will have to have a routine that you follow regularly. Without a regular routine, your dog can easily become confused and not interested in learning. You must also be very dedicated with your efforts to ensure that they are successful – if you don’t believe that the training is going to work, that’ll show in your voice, and neither will your dog. The nature of both your cats and dogs are also dependent on the success of the training – some animals will be completely against learning and adapting.

Dogs and Cats Who Are Friends

Training Dogs To Be Friendly With Cats

Before you even start, study your current pets and possible future pets carefully. Try your best to find two animals that have similar personalities so that they will have a chance to interact in a friendly manner. Choosing a dog that is not very active and fairly aggressive may not be the best to adopt if you already own a cat that is very playful and energetic – the two personalities will clash and is likely to cause problems.

When starting to introduce the dog and the cat, you must ensure that your pets are safe around each other – keep dogs on a leash or in a cage. Keep your cats in a separate room while you are introducing your dog to the home so there is not any aggression – you’ll also want to keep your dog on a leash for the first time he enters the house so it feels like a controlled experience. You can keep your dog off his leash after you are able to control him under distraction.

While your dog is in the cage, he should be quiet – if he barks at your cat, they will feel harmed. However, dogs won’t always be silent in a cage – to keep them quiet, you can cover their cage with a light-proof sheet. Keep in mind that you should never let your best friend out of the cage unless he is on a leash during this training period – we recommend that you don’t let him out at all if he has barked at your cat in the past seven days. This doesn’t mean that you should keep your pup in a cage for a week at a time – give him time outside the cage while the cats are not around.

Results After Training

Assuming all of the above has gone well, your dog and cat will eventually become good, if not best, friends. Remember to stay calm, or your dog will activate his prey drive – this could mean harm for the cat! Even if your cat is too playful, your pup’s instincts may kick in. You’ll want to have your animals living in a relaxed environment.

Of course, some dogs will accept another pet into their home better than others – it completely depends on the personality of both the dog and the cat. If your first pet isn’t the friendliest of animals, it may be a good idea to forget about adopting that other pet.

There is no definitive answer as to how long the training program should last. It’s unfortunate that some dogs won’t learn quickly, so it could take a good few months before any improvement is seen – on the other hand, some dogs may learn to mingle with cats within just a week or two.