Can a dog make friends with other animals? Specialist answers!
The saying "live like a cat with a dog" is not always true. Very often dogs get along well not only with cats, but also with other animals.
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Many owners do not stop at one dog. And they give her a companion, dreaming of how great the pets will spend time together. If dogs accept each other, they really live more fun. But it happens that your four-legged friends begin a real war of survival. Drawing in hostilities and owners.
Therefore, when choosing a second dog, some rules should be followed.
- Peer dogs are not the best choice. At 2 years old, they can start to fight, and not the fact that you will be able to reconcile them. It is better if the age difference between the dogs is more than 4 - 5 years.
- Do not take the second dog to “fix” the first. As a rule, the second simply takes over the bad habits of the first. It certainly will not affect the “first-born” for the better.
- Consider the size of the living space. Each dog needs its own living space, overpopulation is fraught with conflict.
- Different-sex dogs get along better, but keep in mind that twice a year the bitch will have estrus and you will have to separate the dogs.
Dog and cat
The saying "live like a cat with a dog" is not always true. Very often these animals get along well together. However, it all depends on both individual characteristics and the age at which the pets met.
- Puppy and kitten. This is the best option, there are usually no problems.
- Adult dog and kitten. It all depends on the nature of the dog and its relationship to purrs. You can keep your pets in different rooms for the first days - so they will get used to the smell of each other, but will not see each other, and only then introduce them. It is better to keep the dog on a leash at the time of dating. When communicating with both, first pay attention to the dog, and only then - to the kitten. As a rule, a dog quickly gets used to a new household.
- Puppy and adult cat. Also usually it’s not so scary. The puppy will not show aggression, just make sure that he does not bother the cat. Provide each of them with personal territory.
- Adult dog and adult cat. The most difficult case. It all depends on the previous experience of both. And there is no guarantee that they will ever get along at all. If so, you're in luck. If the pets completely refuse to be friends, it’s worth at least to make sure that they meet less often and to control their communication.
In the photo: dog and cat
Dog and horse
A dog is a predator, and a horse is a potential prey. But this does not mean at all that they are doomed to be enemies. Young dogs are often willing to play with foals, and they quickly become attached to their friends. After all, horses and dogs are social animals, and they are guided not only by instincts, but also by acquired experience.
However, the picture is not always idyllic. Sometimes for a dog, communication with a horse ends with fractures, and for an ungulate friend, with wounds.Therefore, a dog and a horse must be accustomed to each other, if you want, for example, to take a dog on horseback riding.
First of all, the dog must be trained in basic commands. Particularly important: "Fu", "Stand", "Next" and "To me." It is better to bring the dog to visit the horses when she is still a puppy. But in no case do not immediately lower the leash.
Introducing the furry and maned friend, try to move between them, keeping both in occasion. Do not let the dog bark or get confused under the horse’s feet. Praise both for their calm. And do not try to engage in this moment - neither with a horse, nor with a dog.
In the photo: dog and horse
Dog and small animals
If you have a hunting dog, you should not risk the life of small animals by bringing them into the house. For a hunting dog, a ferret, rat, or hamster is legal prey.
With other dogs, there is a chance to make friends with pets, or at least ensure safe coexistence, but it's still not worth relaxing.
Better to keep small pets out of the dog’s reach and watch her reaction closely. You can walk a “trifle” under supervision, in an area not accessible to the dog.
Dog and birds
If a puppy grows with parrots or other birds, he usually treats them calmly. But an adult dog may well try to catch a flyer. The consequences of such hunting, as a rule, are sad for the bird. So keep the feathered friend where the dog does not reach him.
In the photo: dog and parrots«