How to keep the peace between dogs and other pets.....Keeping the peace between dogs and other pets has definetely got its problems. Simply because-- introducing another dog to your home will change your existing pet's situation.
You might think that you are providing him with a new pal and companion--but he might view the newcomer as a threat to his position in the household. No two dogs are the same, but there are some breed characteristic's that make intergration a far easier prospect.
Consequently, rule number 1: Do your research in to the temperament of the breed of dog that you are going to introduce in to your home. If you forsee problems, maybe a re-think is in order.
What about your own dog's attitude to other dogs? Is he interested in other dogs? Friendly? Playful? In general sociable? Or does he tolerate them? Behaves aggressively? In general is unsociable?
OK--Its your belief that your dog is sociable, and will pal up with a new dog. You even arranged for a friend's dog [or a puppy, if that's what you have decided on] to visit your home, and things went pretty smoothly. Now you need to plan stage two:
Let them meet under circumstances that offer diversions in case things don't go as planned. The most obvious situation is a walk. Some dogs take to each other immediately, other's take time.
Establishing who ranks above who, is often very subtle, and sometimes invisible to even a keen observer of dog behaviour. Therefore, don't interfere in a natural process, unless an actual fight breaks out.
Usually introductions go well--Your first dog simply viewing him as a visitor on a prolonged vacation. The new dog, still finding his feet, reinforces this view. However, don't leave them alone together until your certain that canine harmony reigns supreme.
Your own commonsense, knowledge of your first dog, and a growing awareness of your new dog--will make things run smoothly.
Problems between dogs and other pets?
In all of the cat/dog relationships that I have observed, the cats have ruled the roost over the dogs. Consequently, it's my belief that this has to be the case, otherwise the cat packs his bag, and goes to live with your neighbours.
If things seem to be going okay, and everyone involved is behaving well. Then all concerned thoroughly deserve to be praised and rewarded with a treat..... Especially you, as this can be a particularly harrowing experience.
Making friends takes time, and your judgment is important in when to slip the lead. In fact your judgment from the very start is crucial, as to whether or not this budding relationship will work, or not.
Its often your dog that will have to be courageous enough to approach your cat and make friends. Or perhaps bow to will of the cat. None of this is going to happen overnight.
Keep on eye on each of them to make sure no canine/feline rights are infringed upon. Needless to say don't leave them unsupervised until your certain that they won't fight like "cats and dogs". That's all about dogs and other pets............