Introducing your dog or cat properly to new family members is critical to building positive relationships and safety for everyone. Properly socializing a dog or cat with other pets means giving them the skills they need to have a successful relationship and encourage positive associations.
Dogs and cats are able to live quite happily together, and it’s even beneficial for children to be involved with taking care of a cat or dog. However, cats and dogs have natural instincts and behaviors that need to be managed when interacting with each other: teaching them what to do when they feel overwhelmed and proactively managing the environment to ensure safety and peace of mind contributes significantly to harmonious family behavior. It’s up to us to introduce them to other animals in a positive and safe way.
How to introduce your dog to your new cat
- Find a good match. Ask the shelter or rescue service which cats have experience with dogs. Look for a cat up for adoption that is sensitive to dogs, confident but calm. You don’t want to introduce a fearful cat (or a high-energy cat) that might run when around your dog, triggering a dog’s natural instinct to chase. If you’re adopting a dog and you have a cat at home, choose one that has a history of living with cats, or a puppy that can be socialized from a young age to being around a cat.
- Provide separate and safe areas for your dog and cat. When you first bring your new cat home, make sure they have somewhere to go that the dog isn’t allowed. Keep them separate outside business hours when you can ensure supervised interaction.
- Keep your presentations slow and positive.Use gates and lanyards to provide distance when needed.
- Reward calm behavior. Give him a treat every time he looks at a new cat and keeps his cool. If they get too focused or excited, add some distance or try again later.
- Get in touch with a certified dog trainer.They can teach you handling techniques and read dog body language.
How to introduce dogs?
- Meet me and say hello.Before you bring a new puppy or dog home from a shelter, meet and greet them to make sure they both feel good about each other.
- Manage age differences. If you’re introducing a puppy to your dog, make sure your older dog isn’t overwhelmed with puppy energy. Older dogs don’t always appreciate being jumped on by puppies, and your new puppy needs to learn how to be polite.
- Provide safe places.Provide separate areas for each dog to rest and relax when he needs a break or is excessively aroused.
- Keep them separate.Keep dogs separated for as long as necessary as they get used to sharing the home with your new dog.
- It rewards being polite and calm when you are around you.This will create a positive association with the new family member and form good behavior.
- Take parallel walks on a leash. Start with each dog at a distance from each other and slowly reduce the distance until he remains calm and can respond to simple training tips. Eventually, you’ll be able to walk them next to each other as they’ll be used to the presence of the other dog.
- Start by interacting on the leash before letting them play together off the leash.The lanyard will allow you to easily take control and redirect their attention if needed.
- Get in touch with a certified dog trainer. A certified dog trainer can help you walk through the induction process and learn important canine body language cues so you can better understand when your dog is stressed and needs some distance from the other dog. They can also help you create a home to discourage resource protection among dogs.
How to introduce a cat to a new dog
- Find a good match. Ask the shelter or rescue service about dogs’ experiences with cats. Choose a dog that has a life history with cats or a puppy that can socialize from an early age to being with a cat.
- Provide separate and safe areas for your dog and cat. When you bring your new dog home for the first time, make sure both the dog and cat have a place where they can get away from each other. Keep them separate outside business hours when you can ensure supervised interaction.
- Keep your presentations slow and positive.Use gates and lanyards to provide distance when needed.
- Treat calm behavior.Give a treat every time the cat looks at a new dog and keeps calm.
- Get in touch with a cat trainer.They can teach you techniques for handling and reading your feline body language.
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Dogs are social animals and enjoy the company of others the most. Like humans, some dogs have more open personalities and others are more reserved. Whether you’ve just brought a new puppy home and introduced it to an existing dog, or you’re walking your dog in the park, getting it right is very important.
Introducing the new puppy to your dog
You have finally selected your new puppy and are ready to pick him up and take him home. Everyone is excited about the new addition, but will Fido feel the same way at home?
It is important to understand that puppies are still developing their communication skills. This means that they don’t understand the rules set in place by adult dogs.
When they first enter their new home, puppies must learn a set of rules, both from you and from the existing dog. Puppies immediately start looking for someone to play with and when they can’t find another puppy, the adult dog is the next best thing. Your dog may or may not like it! As long as an adult dogs’ behavior is appropriate when correcting a puppy, it’s okay if they growl or grumble at the new addition. This is older dogs’ way of communicating that the puppy has crossed the line and is acceptable as long as the adult dog does not make inappropriate contact and injures the puppy.
Don’t scold an adult dog for snarling at a puppy. This is how dogs tell others that they are dissatisfied with something. Growling can let your pup know it’s time to step back and that’s a good lesson for your pup.
To ensure that interactions remain appropriate and that the older dog is not overwhelmed, supervise all interactions between dogs. If you notice that an older dog is restless about a puppy, it’s time to separate the puppy or reassign him to a different task before things get out of hand. When you cannot supervise your puppy directly, he should be placed behind the gate, in a playpen or cage.
An older dog needs to be sucked several times a day; this can be done by placing your dog in a cage. Separation periods throughout the day can ease an older dog’s tension and give both dogs much-needed breaks.
When supervising interactions, reward both dogs for appropriate behavior. Make sure your puppy gets enough exercise, both mentally and physically, so that all of his attention isn’t focused on the older dog. It’s great to take both dogs for a walk. Alla fine, con l’introduzione senza fretta, il tuo cucciolo svilupperà le capacità comunicative di cui ha bisogno per avere successo e i tuoi cani diventeranno grandi amici.
We introduce the dog to a strange dog:
It is almost certain that when you and your canine friend go out for a walk, you will come into contact with another dog.
Always ask the other owner if it is okay to interact with the dog. Some dogs can be shy or reactive, and interacting with them may not be ideal for any dog. If both you and the other owner have approved the meeting, you can proceed to meet the dog. Some dogs may behave differently on a lead than on a lead. This could be due to the fact that they feel trapped and that they cannot escape if there is an argument.
Una volta che entrano in contatto, è probabile che si verifichi un comportamento normale con il cane e i cani si annuseranno a vicenda in segno di saluto. Signs that the reunion is going well include relaxed facial expressions, playful bows, quick wagging, and back movement.
Signs that a bout is too much for one dog can include yawning, turning his head away from the other dog, tight jaws, low tails, tremors, and hair sticking out of his back. These behaviors indicate that the dog is upset during the encounter and it is best to separate the dogs and continue the walk before things get worse.
Don’t let your dog meet every dog they see on a walk; change it and ask for periods of concentration on you when walking past another dog. This prevents the Rover from rushing at any dog that passes, including those dogs that are uncomfortable around other dogs.
Dog interactions are an important part of dog ownership. If done right, everyone can enjoy it. Remember to always take meetings slowly and if any dog seems upset or worried about the situation it is best to increase the distance. With well-trained greetings, your dog will be happy to anticipate the fun he might have with other four-legged friends.
Your pet will take some time to adjust to its new home, and the changeover can be a bit stressful. Zwierzę, które w schronisku przejawia radosną, zabawną postawę, może zachowywać się nieufnie i z lękiem w nowym środowisku.
Pay attention to how your pet feels. If your pet seems shy, try moving slowly or just sit in the same room reading a book and let him come to you. If your pet is full of energy and ready to play, he immediately brings out the toys. But be careful. Pets can be both frightened and energetic. Change your actions to make your new pet feel welcome. Taking care of your behavior in the beginning will pay off in the future, as your pet learns that you can trust you.
Many shelter animals were kept in their cage or kennel for days or weeks before arriving at your home. The course of your entire home can be overwhelming, especially if it happens too fast. Resist the temptation to let your pet loose at home for the first week, especially if you have other pets.
Give your new dog a week or more to acclimate and feel comfortable in his new environment. If your new puppy or dog seems comfortable and relaxed (not hidden and ready to come to you for affection and food), you can provide access to other areas of your home.
If your new dog is your only pet, you can give him a chance to explore. Before you begin, be sure any off-limits areas (basement, attic, garage) aren’t accessible, so the first big tour doesn’t end up in a frantic search.
Try to introduce your dog to other parts of the house while on a leash so you can figure out where and where not to go. On your first tour, walk around each room and let your pet smell everything. If your pet tries to jump on something inaccessible, calmly redirect it to the right place. Stroke or play in these accessible places to associate these places with positive things. Depending on your dog’s nature, you may need to give several “guided tours” on a leash before your pet understands how to behave in the house and which areas are accessible. Puppies should stay in a confined space in your home where you can supervise them until they are home trained.
Some animals respond very well to an enlarged area of life. Others get scared and withdraw. If your pet seems angrier now that you have allowed him more access to your home, slow down the insertion process to suit your comfort level. Some dogs are safer in a relatively small area and are only willing to explore other parts of the home if you accompany them. Each animal is different. Find out what your pet prefers and try to support these preferences.
Since cats are more “creatures of habit” than dogs, a cat can hide under a bed or in a closet for the first few days. Don’t force interactions. Create a small quiet area for your new cat to ensure a safe environment.
Give your new cat a week or more to acclimate and feel comfortable in their new environment. It’s best to confine to a single, quiet room with the cat’s own litterbox, food dish, and a box or bed. Use this time to make sure your new pet is healthy by arranging for a free physical exam.
If your cat seems comfortable and relaxed (doesn’t hide and doesn’t want to come to you for affection and food), you can provide access to other areas of your home.
If your new cat is your only pet, you can give him a chance to explore the world. Before you begin, be sure any off-limits areas (basement, attic, garage) aren’t accessible, so the first big tour doesn’t end up in a frantic search.
When you’re ready, open the door from your pet’s room and sit just outside. Encourage your cat to come to you, then reward him with a card or treat. While sitting, let your cat move freely. If the cat feels comfortable after 15 minutes, get up and go about your business at home, but stay close enough to make sure there are no problems. Restrict free time to less than an hour at first, but gradually lengthen it until your cat or kitten is out in the house whenever you’re home. When your cat finds a place to play and relax, move the food, water, and litter box to their permanent location. If you’re moving the litterbox a long distance (from an upstairs bedroom to the basement, for example), set up a second box in the new location, but leave the first one in your cat’s special room until the second one is used on a regular basis.
If there are places your cat can’t stay – countertops, table tops, shelves with plants – be sure to set these rules the first time you visit the house. Placing double-sided tape on countertops and tables can help teach your cat to avoid such surfaces. Shake the jar full of pebbles as the cat approaches inaccessible areas to associate the behavior with an unpleasant noise. Don’t allow your cat the run of the house when you’re not around until you’re confident the “house rules” are understood.
Some animals respond very well to an enlarged area of life. Others are afraid and withdraw. If your cat seems angrier now that you have allowed him better access to your home, he will slow down the insertion process to suit your comfort level. Some cats are safer in a relatively small area and are happy to explore other parts of the home only when you accompany them. Each animal is different. Find out what your pet prefers and try to support these preferences.
There is a jungle out there
Keep the cat at home. Predators, disease, fast-moving cars, and toxic chemicals are just some of the dangers cats face when they can roam outdoors. If you want your cat to have a lot of fun outdoors, use a harness and leash and accompany him into your garden. Always carry your collar and identification tag with you in case your cat accidentally gets off the leash or runs away from home.
Enter neutral territory.
It’s best to let dogs become familiar with each other on neutral territory: outdoors. Each dog should be led separately on a leash, and each stroller should have a bag of treats or food crushed into small pieces. At first, walk the dogs at a distance where they can see each other but are not too provoked by each other’s presence. If the dogs don’t exhibit negative behavior, reward them with treats just for meeting them. For example, when the dog you’re walking looks at the other dog, you can say “Good boy!” in a cheerful and friendly voice and give him a gift. Repeat often.
Pay attention to each dog’s body language.
Watch carefully for body positions that indicate a defensive or cautious response, including the hair standing on the dog’s back, smiling, growling, walking with stiff legs, or staring for a long time. If you see these attitudes when dogs are some distance away or close to each other, stop the interaction immediately and calmly and make the dog interested in something else. Se i cani sembrano rilassati e a proprio agio, puoi accorciare la distanza tra loro. Offer the dogs treats again whenever they look relaxedly at each other.
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Ask the dogs to determine the pace of the introduction.
It’s possible that the dogs will just want to play with each other by the middle of the walk. It’s also possible that it will take more time before the dogs are comfortable enough to walk side by side. The most important thing is to take this introduction slowly. The more patient you are, the greater your chances of success. Don’t force dogs to interact.
Once the dogs can see each other at close range, let one dog walk after another and then switch. If the dogs are comfortable, allow them to walk side by side. Finally, allow dogs to interact under close supervision. If one or both dogs show signs of stress or agitation, introduce them more slowly.
Monitor closely at home.
When bringing your dogs indoors for the first time, use a sturdy, tall gate to keep them apart. See how they interact through the gate. Reinforce positive behavior by providing your dogs with high-value treats for positive interactions.
Make sure there are no toys, food, or treats in the house for dogs to fight for. Also, be on the lookout for situations that can lead to conflicts, such as when dogs are overly aroused. Observe the dogs closely when they are together, rewarding them with treats until you are 100% sure they are comfortable and safe with each other.
For assistance with introductions that don’t seem to fit right, contact a professional animal trainer or behaviorist.
Whether you already have a dog and are thinking of buying a cat or vice versa, it is very important to think about introducing it for the first time. Letting a maverick cat and an off-leash dog first meet in an open room will likely expose both animals to failure. Instead, plan ahead and take your time.
Matching Cats and Dogs
- If you’re thinking of getting a cat for your dog or a dog for your cat, it’s important to consider both animals’ personalities. It may be helpful to look for a mate that has already been exposed to other species in the past.
- If a dog is trying to aggressively chase, pin, lift, or otherwise “trick” a cat, it’s best not to even think about catching it, or at least be careful. Additionally, a dog that growls, lunges at a cat, or obsessively barks at a cat is likely to do best in a cat-free environment. Likewise, a cat that growls, hits, runs, or hides from dogs would probably prefer not to live with the dog.
- If a dog loves chasing things, then a fearful, shy cat who runs away probably wouldn’t be the best choice, as it could trigger the dog to chase. Likewise, an energetic cat that runs and jumps belongs to the same category. A better solution here would be a calm, confident cat who won’t run (out of fear or play).
- If your dog is playing hard, it’s best to avoid kittens or larger cats, which can get injured easily. Instead, stick to playful adults who are interested in having fun but are also confident enough to take care of themselves. If your cat is noisy or playful, a playful but gentle dog might be a great option.
- If the dog or cat is older, relaxed, quiet, or restless, a calm counterpart would be best. Avoid noisy companions who may annoy, scare or otherwise disturb the other pet.
The introduction process
Whether you’re shopping for a new cat or a new dog, getting to know your current pet first is a very important part of the process. Here are four steps that can help you ensure a successful meeting:
Step 1: Choose a suitable place for the first meeting
- A resident cat to a new dog: If you are adopting a dog, you should not take your cat to a shelter or other facility with many animals for health and safety reasons. Instead, the introduction should be at home.
- Resident dog to new cat: If you are adopting a cat, do not take your dog to a shelter and put him in contact with cats as this can be very stressful or traumatic for all cats. It is also not necessarily a good indicator of how your dog will respond around the house. Instead, ask the shelter’s adoption counselors whether they have any dog-savvy, confident cats they will allow to meet your dog under controlled conditions. If this is not possible, an alternative would be to meet a dog with a cat, which is a dog that belongs to a friend or relative. As a last resort, you can take your new kitten home and introduce him to the house.
Step 2: separate the animals
- Within a few days, vary which animal is free and which is limited to give each animal ample time to test the other’s smell.
- Occasionally, the dog should be confined to a cage or other room (or moved elsewhere if he cannot be left alone) to give the cat time to roam freely and investigate the dog’s smell.
- If the dog obsessively digs at the separation barrier or barks at the cat for more than a day or two, the interaction likely won’t work without proper training. Help from a professional may be needed.
- When no one is home, the dog or cat must always be locked so that unsupervised interactions are not possible.
- When the dog is calm (or at least not obsessed with the cat) and the cat is calm, eats and uses the litter box normally, you can proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Introduce yourself on a leash
- Allow both pets to be in the same room at the same time, but keep your dog safe on a leash.
- Continue this introduction until the dog has calmed down and ignores the cat, and the cat is calm by eating and using the litter box normally.
- If either animal develops fear or aggression, stay on step 2 longer.
- Continue indefinitely until the dog and cat appear happy and relaxed around each other.
- When no one is home, the dog or cat should be safely confined to separate areas so that unsupervised interaction is not possible.
Step 4: allow automatic interactions
- Spending time together unattended can occur after your cat and dog have been supervised for a long period of time (a month or so) and you are sure they won’t hurt each other.
If the dog is staring at the cat or at the door that separates him, try to distract him and have him look away with treats, a cheerful voice, or by gently leading the dog on a leash. Once the dog is away from the cat, try offering a treat. If he does, repeat this process until he’s no longer focused on the cat or the door.
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The decision to add another cat or dog to your family is as exciting as it is annoying, especially if you already have a feline family member in the home. You want to make sure your newcomer gets along with your living cat, who can sometimes be more involved than you think. Here’s how to help you start a new relationship on the right foot.
Unfortunately, there’s really no magic formula to tell if your cat will get along with other pets, says Dr. Jennifer Goetz, DVM and owner of Manlius Veterinary Hospital. However, she says the good news is that your success largely depends on how you play these two animals. If you adopt another cat, Dr. Goetz says there is no definitive answer as to whether gender choice matters, although her experience has shown that cats get along well with cats of the opposite sex.
If you add a dog to your family, he says gender and size don’t usually matter and "most cats and dogs get along decently."
However, you should be aware of the dog’s breed. Dr. Goetz explains that some breeds have been specially trained to chase small animals, which makes them less than perfect for a home with a cat. This includes Italian greyhounds and greyhounds.
Prepare your cat for arrival
While Dr. Goetz points out that introduction is the most important factor in determining how well both animals get along, he says there are several products you can use to soothe your cat when she first meets her new furry siblings. .
She recommends Feliway, which is available as a diffuser or spray and contains pheromones that can soothe cats and reduce stress. You can also purchase a calming collar to achieve the same effect.
When it comes to introducing cats to your new furry family member, take your time. Dr. Goetz says it can take weeks, even months, to get to know the animals.
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If you are introducing your permanent cat to a new member of the feline family, here are some steps to follow:
- Give the new cat its space: Ideally, it’s a place to lock the door, like a spare bathroom. Set aside food, water, and litter. If you’re living in a smaller space, get a large dog crate and put these essentials in it along with the new cat. Then cover the carrier with a sheet or towel to give your cat a sense of privacy.
- After a few days, reverse the positions of the two cats: This means that the new cat will run around the house and the cat who lives there will be in the bathroom or in the guest carrier, where his new brother has just been. This allows each cat to get familiar with the other’s scent in a non-threatening way.
- So wait a few days and introduce two:When cats are able to familiarize themselves with another person’s scent first, this can minimize tension when brought face to face.
When it comes to introducing cats and dogs, Dr. Goetz recommends keeping the puppy on a leash and allowing the cat to explore and calm down for a while. When you are sure that the dog will not start chasing the cat once he has been released, you can let him interact more closely. Your cat’s first instinct when a dog is unleashed may be to hide, which is fine.
Don’t be afraid of small stocks
While seeing your cat fight a new cat or the dog you’ve adopted is probably terrifying, Dr. Goetz says physical contact when these two animals first meet is normal. The cat may growl or hiss at his new companion or stab him in the muzzle. However, if you see one animal pinning another down or try to harm it, it’s time to immediately stop contact. And until you’re sure animals get along, don’t leave these two animals together when you’re not home.
Don’t expect a Disney movie
While you’re probably imagining furry sibling hugs and play sessions, it’s actually best to have moderate expectations of how the two will get along.
“I think you should be minimally able to have a functioning family with at least courtesy. Some cats and dogs become best friends. Others tolerate each other, ”explains Dr. Goetz.
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Se sono trascorsi diversi mesi e i due animali continuano a non andare d’accordo, il dottor Goetz consiglia di contattare un veterinario. They can help you try to identify the problem so that everyone can coexist in peace.
Check out these simple steps to help your dog get used to the new dog in the house.
There are many benefits to adopting a second dog. It can help calm your current dog, provide him with a companion at work or away from home, and even provide better protection and make you feel safer. While dogs generally like to be part of a pack, it can sometimes be difficult to add a new dog to a family. Questi cinque suggerimenti possono semplificare la personalizzazione delle impostazioni per te e i tuoi cani.
Tip 1: have an extra pair of hands
Even if your dog is well trained, you can never be sure how he will react to another dog living in his space. It’s a good idea to have a friend bring their dog over so you can test your dog’s reaction to another dog in the house prior to acquiring another dog of your own. Ideally, your new dog should be of the opposite sex to your current dog.
Ask the two dogs to meet first in a neutral place, such as a local park, and ask another person, whom your dog trusts, to assist you during the first meeting. You should take care of your dog and the other person will take care of the new dog. Both dogs should be leashed and sniffing each other, but you should be able to tear them apart if needed.
If the first meeting goes well, take both dogs for a walk together and reinforce the good behavior with treats. You can take them home and let them spend ahead of time together outdoors if possible to prevent signs of behavior indoors when they enter.
Tip #2: Have Separate Spaces for the Dogs for the First Week
It is important to have time to bring the dogs together and also to separate the dogs. Both dogs need to spend time with you one-on-one, and by separating them for short periods each day, you can bond well with them separately.
Bring one out to play, then switch and lead the other dog out. It is also important to feed the dogs separately. Continue feeding each dog one-on-one for the entire first week.
Tip No. 3: reward good behavior
As your old and new dogs adjust to each other, be sure to reward positive behavior with extra treats or attention and positive words. Incoraggiare i comportamenti positivi che vuoi che la tua nuova coppia mostri può aiutare i cani ad andare d’accordo più velocemente e a legarsi tra loro.
Tip No. 4: be patient and calm
If your dogs seem to disagree after a few days (or even a week), be patient. If you show signs of anxiety or distress, dogs may sense this and get irritated on their own. Try to be calm and patient and work to keep dogs calm and patient.
Try not to change the current dog’s daily routine but have the new dog adjust to your current dog’s routine. Remember that dogs develop into a coherent structure where they know what is expected of them.
Tip 5: be aware
In addition to being patient with both dogs, be aware of what, if any, causes dogs to fight or not get along. Look for signals from both animals’ bodies to determine when they are most upset or irritated and what might be causing the irritation.
For example, if food causes problems, consider putting one dog out while you are feeding the other or putting him in separate dining rooms. Try to eliminate situations that make your dog too excited or irritated until they start showing signs of bonding and getting along well with each other.
Adopting another dog may seem a little overwhelming at first, but if you follow these five tips, you will likely help your dogs bond and become lifelong friends.
Many expectant parents prepare for months of expecting a new baby. For pet parents, this preparation often also involves encouraging appropriate and positive behaviors in their pets during the pre-birth period.
However, even with proper preparation, there are still important precautions owners should consider when a new supplement arrives to keep both pets and baby safe.
Dott. Lori Teller, an associate professor in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, advises new parents to approach the introduction of pets and babies with caution, even if they trust their pet to be gentle.
“The most important thing to remember is that a child and a pet should never be left alone, even if you think your pet would never hurt anyone,” she said. „Tego nie można przecenić”.
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The initial introduction can be facilitated by accustoming the animals to the baby’s smell before bringing the baby home.
"Quando il bambino nasce, chiedi a qualcuno di portare a casa alcuni dei vestiti o delle coperte usati dal bambino durante la degenza in ospedale in modo che gli animali possano annusare prima che il bambino venga dimesso", ha detto Teller.
When a baby is brought home, Teller recommends that new parents bring support to make sure both the baby and pet are constantly monitored.
“If possible, someone else should hold the baby while the parents pay attention to the animals,” he said. “Encourage them to remain calm when you greet them. When everyone is calm, you can introduce your pets to your baby. Keep pets on a leash if necessary. Jedna osoba może siedzieć trzymając dziecko, in druga może kontrolować zwierzęta “.
If you have multiple pets, Teller recommends introducing them to your child one at a time.
After initial introductions, pet owners still need to be vigilant in monitoring the pet’s interactions with their baby. Teller says owners should also actively work to maintain a positive relationship between their pet and baby.
“It’s important to find a way to pay attention to your pet while your baby is awake and active. Vuoi che il tuo animale domestico sappia che il bambino fa parte della famiglia e che tutti possono godersi il loro tempo insieme “, ha detto. “Puoi aggiungere qualche bocconcino o lodare verbalmente il tuo animale domestico per il suo buon comportamento con un bambino attivo. Unwittingly, by only paying attention to your pet when your baby is sleeping, you are teaching your pet that the baby is a negative in the pet’s life.”
Pet owners should be aware that changes in their home environment can put their pets at risk.
Some baby items, such as teats, bottles, and small toys, can be ingested by dogs and may need surgery to remove them. Many medications, such as diaper rash ointment, can be toxic to pets and should be kept in a safe place.
Teller also recommends owners to carefully keep their pet away from dirty diapers.
“Pet supplies should also be kept away from the baby,” Teller said. “These include drugs such as heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention. Dog toys and chew bones are also not suitable for a child to put in their mouth. Kiedy kąpiesz psa szamponem leczniczym, upewnij się, że pies jest suchy przed interakcją z dzieckiem “.
Animals can also pose a risk to a newborn as it is sometimes inherently difficult to predict animal behavior. Even if the pet owner fully trusts the frailty of his furry friend, the unknown presence of the child can upset him.
“The owner has to worry if the pet growls, hisses, or otherwise tries to negatively interact with the baby,” she said. “Any negative interactions must be stopped immediately. If your pet is aggressive, he should be isolated and you need to speak to your vet. “
Ensuring the safety of the new baby is a top priority for any new parent, and proper precautions can help build a safe and positive relationship between the new baby and existing pets.
“There is an incredible sweetness and beauty in watching a baby and an animal develop a caring and loving relationship with each other,” said Teller. “Make sure your pet is encouraged and rewarded for their good behavior. As your baby grows, make sure they understand how to treat a pet kindly as well—no pulling on ears and tails or trying to take a pet’s food or toys. Reward your child’s good behavior as well.”