The following are just some things to keep in mind, when adding another pet to a home that already has pets. Just because you want them to all get along, does not mean that they will.
You might have the sweetest dog and think she will get along with anything, but sometimes the animals just don’t mesh well together.
When introducing a new dog to a home that has a dog, it is a good idea to have them meet first outside the home – on neutral grounds. Once they meet and interact, then walk them in together.
Whether you are adding a cat, a dog, a bird, a guinea pig…always try to have a backup plan, in case it does not work out. If the 2 animals do not get along, what is your plan? Can you return the new pet? Can you keep both pets separated and safe from one another? Can you give both pets the life they deserve?
I thought I would share some of my experiences and stories -
I had a parrot for many years. And when I got my 2 little dogs, the bird wanted to attack them. I was afraid the bird would hurt the dogs, so I kept them separate. My backup plan included making sure I set aside some one on one time with the bird each day, without the dogs, and so we made it work.
Many years ago, I had a hamster. He got out of his cage and was gone. 2 weeks later, I purchased another hamster, and several days after that , guess who came back? And although they were both males, they did not get along in the same cage so I had to set up another cage and accessories, and so they lived side by side.
A few years back I got a little parrotlet, and my dog Gianna just adores him. He chases her around the floor and they get along fine. Here are some pictures.
I recently decided to get another parrot. His name is DaVinci, and for some reason my dog Gianna seems to want to go after him. I cannot tell if she wants to hurt him, or play. I am determined to make it work, but I am taking small baby steps. This weekend was the longest I had them out together. Here is a video of their most recent interaction together.