Few things are as thrilling as bringing home a new pet. Your current pet, however, may not share this excitement. Even if your existing pets are laid-back and low-maintenance, bringing a new animal home will require some work and a lot of patience. This can be an extremely stressful event for the current pet, especially if he or she is used to being the only pet in the home. Things might be a little rocky at first, but there are a few things you can do to help this transition go a little smoother and keep all the pets happy.

Adding a New Pet to the Family? How to Avoid Jealousies and Keep the Peace

Breed

Breed consideration should be thought out carefully. Physical size differences, such as pairing a Chihuahua with a Great Dane, can be an issue for the smaller pet. Whether accidental or intentional, there is the opportunity for the smaller pet to get hurt. Different breeds offer different dispositions. An easygoing pit bull may not be able to get along with a high-strung Chihuahua. Once again, your existing pet might seem indifferent towards other animals, but this could change once another animal is actually in the home.

Neutral Meeting Place

Choosing a neutral place to introduce your pets is the best way to start, just so that the current pet isn’t ambushed. You can choose a neutral meeting ground, such as a park. Taking your current pet away from its territory will help reduce the stress during their first meeting. If two or more current pets are meeting for the first time, introduce each pet to the new pet individually. Your current pets might get territorial if you merely bring a new pet home one day and let him or her roam free.

Separate Bed and Breakfast

Many pets (especially dogs) get very testy and jealous when food is involved. Each pet should have its own eating space with its own water bowl and food bowl, as well as its own sleeping area and bed. This will help the pet acclimate on its own terms and pace. For the first little while, it’s a good idea to have separate feeding times so that you don’t have any fights breaking out over breakfast. By putting one animal in a different room or outside while you feed the other, you avoid any stealing of food or jealousies over portions. It can be tough to get each animal to use their own bed, but as long as there is a separate space for each animal, there will be less fights over property.

Walking

Walking the pets together will help strengthen their relationship by allowing for some fun while being in a neutral place. It is best if there is one person per pet, particularly on their first walk. The leashes should be kept loose, especially when the pets choose to interact. Low-key activities go a long way in establishing a bond between the pets. It teaches them to like each other if good things always happen when they are together. Always praise both animals regularly and in a light-hearted tone.

Pack Hierarchy

If you have more than one existing pet, one is usually dominant. Bringing in a new addition to the pack will sometimes change the social structure. The new pet may become the new ruler, or a normally dominant pet may become subordinate in the structure. Whatever hierarchy evolves, it should be respected. Forcing a change to the pack might foster inter-pack hostility. No matter what changes occur, be sure to provide equal attention, praise, and discipline to each animal so that jealousies don’t arise over who is most-loved by the owner.

Supervision

Providing stringent supervision and crating the pets when left alone should help reduce any possible friction, particularly for the first month or so. You might think that your existing pets would never hurt another animal or misbehave, but you never know how they will respond when you throw another pet into the mix. Drastic changes in a pet’s life (such as adding someone to the family) can cause them to act out to get attention or express frustration, so keeping a close eye on both new and old pets for the first little while will help you avoid any incidents.

The key to successfully adding another pet to the family is to be very patient and take things slow. Bringing in a new addition to the family requires everyone to make adjustments. You have to consider how scared the new pet might feel, or how threatened or neglected your old pets will feel if you don’t tread carefully. Keep in mind that it will take some time for your animals to create a comfortable relationship, but after a while, the new pet will find his or her place within the home. Information for this article was provided by professionals at the Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic, a Toronto veterinarian clinic.

 

Dixie SomersThis article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write about business, women's interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband, three daughters, and a spunky Jack Russel Terrier who makes life interesting! You can follow her on Twitter: @DixieSomers

By Natalie Gomez 54 days ago at 2:00 pm 0 Comments

Happy 4th of July, or is it? Firework shows may be lighting up the skies for all humans to see bringing smiles to your faces, but for all of us dogs out there we are not amused. I teamed up with my friends to bring you our top tips for keeping us safe today.

Momo the PLAY Pug

1. Keep us indoors during the fireworks. Normally we would protest (especially if you are leaving us), but today is the one day of the year that we are more than happy to stay in and celebrate our freedom. 

Lucy

Lucy from Brea, CA

2. Don't feed me from the table. I know I am cute and it's hard not to give me scraps, but I don't want to get sick! While treats are always welcome especially from Bocce's Bakery - I need to stay away from onions, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough to name a few.

Buddy

Buddy from Newport Beach, CA

3. Take me on a walk...earlier in the day. I don't want to be out there doing my business with things that go boom so grab my biodegradable Earth Rated poop bags and let's hit the neighborhood. I am all dressed up and ready to mingle.

Toby

Toby from Bay Point, CA

4. Don't leave your alcoholic drinks unattended. I like to pawty just as much as you do, but those are poisonous to me. I'll take my water chilled in my bowl.

Spike

Spike from San Francisco, CA

5. I refuse to leave home without my collar and PetHub tags! If I get out tonight, I want to make sure I am coming home to my plush toy sets and comfy P.L.A.Y. bed. Make sure my microchip is up-to-date while you're at it.

Bailey
Bailey from Campbell, CA

6. Be sure to set the mood. I know I put on a brave front, but flashy lights and big booms scare me. So close those blinds, tuck me in and make sure to put on some soft music to drown out those loud bangs. 

Maggie May

Maggie May from Long Beach, CA

 

Do you have any tips for our humans to keep us safe? Please share! 

By Natalie Gomez 59 days ago at 5:23 pm 0 Comments

Before getting a dog, there are a few things to consider. At times, after considering the methods which follow, people have chosen not to get a dog. Please, I leave that up to you, but these are facts...

Milo

Cost

A dog is an expense that cannot be claimed on taxes. Much like people, dogs, too, have to eat. Most people spend anywhere from twenty to fifty dollars a week on dog food. This depends on the size of the dog, and how much the dog ways.

The dog will also need medical treatment at first, and that is very expensive. Of course, you cannot forget the monthly haircut and nail treatment.

Home

Just as a long-lost family members can disrupt a household, dogs can disrupt a household, too. Almost always, a dog will not be trained to go to the bathroom outside, especially when it is a new living facility for the animal. The owner of the dog will have to lay down mats the dog can use for the bathroom for a while. If being placed in the bathroom is not working, and your dog ends up going on the carpet in the house, it could get to the point where the carpet is saturated and needs to be replaced. National Carpet Mill Outlet  is a good example of a place that you could consult with if you're looking to replace your carpet.

This means a person will have to watch how long they stay out on any given nights, and they will have to hire someone to watch the dog if they go away. If not, the dog owner will come home to find an odd smell...

Climate

There are certain breeds that are prone to certain kinds of weather. For example, a belgian malinois is prone to cold weather, while other breeds are prone to warm weather. The way to solve this problem is to ask the facility representative where the dog is being purchased, and this is why it is better to purchase a dog from a professional facility, rather than off the street.

Milo

Love

Much like a human being, pets need love. A dog earner will have to take time out of everyday to spend with the dog. This mean tickling the dog, and taking the dog to the park. This will develop a great relationship, and this is also where the dog will learn right from wrong concerning the owner's teaching.

Some Type Of Insurance

A dog can run away, or, worse, get stolen. This is why it is it is best for the dog earner to purchase insurance. of course, this is another expense to include within the monthly bills. The best thing to do is speak with the veterinarian.

 

Chaleigh Glass

Chaleigh Glass is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She writes about anything from St. John’s law firms, to how to baby proof your home. In her spare time she likes to golf, snowboard, and take lifestyle photos. 

 

By Natalie Gomez on Jun 30, 2014 at 9:36 am 0 Comments