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 42 days ago at 2:00 pm 0 Comments
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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 48 days ago at 5:23 pm 0 Comments
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Few things are as frustrating as home security investments that do not operate the way that you need them to. For example, take an alarm system that routinely mistakes your dog for an intruder... and wastes no time alerting you and the entire neighborhood by sounding an intrusive and obnoxiously loud siren. You purchased the system to protect your family and all of its members, not to discriminate against the four-legged ones, right?

Keeping Eyes and Ears on your Pets

What you should probably consider instead is a home security system designed specifically to address these common false alarms triggered by free-roaming pets and their innocently wagging tails. Additionally, wouldn't it be great to also see and hear your pets during the day? Fortunately, there are many new developments in home automation that can help you do just that.

Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

Security cameras have been used for years for people to keep eyes and ears on their babies. Because many people consider their pets to be their babies, why should keeping visual and audial tabs on them be any different?

The folks at Dropcam believe that a desire to watch and listen to your furry babies is just as valid as if they were humans! To prove it, they designed the "Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera" as a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service that allows you to stay connected to your entire family.

For under $200, you can enjoy smartphone, tablet or computer alerts whenever the system detects activity within its 130-degree field of view. And with 8x zoom capability in premium HD video, you can truly feel like you are right there in the room with your pets even if you are miles away!

The time of day is also irrelevant, because the camera is equipped with night vision. And with the ability to interact via two-way talk, your pets can feel as if you are right there in the room with them, as well! Imagine how comforted you would both feel if you need not interrupt your nightly lullaby just because you've crossed state lines!

But the true brilliance of this system may lie in its optional cloud video recording capability. With this component, you can review footage, record it and make clips to share with friends, family and even the internet. Did you ever think your pup could be the next YouTube sensation?

Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera

Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera

If you want to spend less than $100, you can still feel safe and secure in your home as you monitor your pets from afar.

With the "Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera," you still enjoy the ability to see your home via the camera's remote viewing capability that provides excellent image quality using a progressive-scan image sensor. And with integrated multi-window motion detection, you'll always know who's wandering around your home when you're not there.

The only potential drawback here is the lack of a two-way talk component, but you can still hear what's going on in the room you're monitoring. But at the same time, the ability to connect to your home within your budget is a great thing and for around $90, this system has much to offer!

With summer vacations and more out of town trips scratching at the door, you can also leave your pets in the capable hands of an in-house pet sitter without fear of a complicated alarm system getting in the way of you enjoying your trip. Plus, with a hassle-free system, you can be sure your sitter will gladly volunteer for a repeat engagement rather than run screaming for the hills the next time you ask them to stay with your dog.

What other benefits can you see with getting an updated pet-friendly security or monitoring system for your home?

 

Rheney WilliamsAs a pet loving DIYer, Rheney Williams, often writes for The Home Depot about fun projects and solutions for your pets which include electrical topics such as home automation. Visit homedepot.com to find out more info on the Home Automation devices that Rheney mentions in this article.

By Natalie Gomez on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:00 am 0 Comments
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