There are two important debates about cats and dogs that the world of pet lovers often discuss. First, we argue who is more adorable. In that contest, everybody wins. Whatever argument to prove your favorite pet’s cuteness, it will always be valid and acceptable. The second is whether cats and dogs can get along. Many have tried — a good number succeeded, but others did not. This is where the debate usually arises!
This article proves, though, that it is possible to make cats and dogs get along. Through the sharing of best practices, we can establish a solid argument that will make every cat and dog owner the winner.
BEGIN WITH CONTROLLED AND LITTLE INTERACTIONS
Like us humans, cats and dogs make friends by learning all about someone new to them; however, bear in mind, that establishing a friendly, non-threatening relationship cannot be done overnight. Brief interactions would be a good start for them. putting them together with little to no reinforcement (food, toys, etc.) would help. Let them set their focus on each other.
Take note (and this is very important), that all interactions should be controlled and be only under your watch. Be like that preschool teacher during the first day of school who promotes fun while maintaining peace in the classroom. Remember that you are doing this to protect both of them. Aggression from both sides will kill our desire to make them good pals.
UNDERSTAND THEIR DIFFERENCES
Humans say, “I am I and you are you.” That very same thing is also applicable to our pets. While you allow controlled and little interactions, you must observe and understand their differences. Take note of what triggers them to be aggressive. Be vigilant about what makes them fight against each other.
According to Dr. Gary Landsberg of North Toronto Animal Clinic, the relationship problem among cats and dogs lies mostly on the differences in their personality. While most dogs tend to be more playful and active, most cats seem to be more cautious and passive. Observing when these behaviors manifest will prevent your pets from starting a war.
A GOOD AMBIANCE REALLY HELPS
Keeping the environment where cats and dogs are staying together calm is an essential practice. Make both of them feel that they are free and you welcome good behaviors.
Be mindful of your actions, and reward good behavior immediately.
PATIENCE IS THE KEY
Your pets may differ in pacing. One of them may be quick in making friends with another, but the other party may initially be standoffish. Be patient. Do not lose patience or you will lose your goal forever,
Your pets must learn to adjust in different situations. Adjustments can be taught with a lot of patience.
OTHER MATTERS WORTH CONSIDERING
This list may help you in making your goal easier and more attainable.
The younger they start, the better.
A lot of pet owners have proven that puppies and kittens are way easier to train to get along with each other than the older ones of their kinds. This would also help both your pets to learn and adapt to the norms of their environment.
Check your pets’ compatibility.
Do not be impulsive. Research and observe the new pet you want to have. Look out for their behavior and compare it to your existing pal, and ask yourself, “Will it be easy for them to get along well?”
Prevent them having from a reason for being jealous.
A jealous pet will be hard to communicate with, so do not give them any reasons! When you are going to introduce a new member of the family, you must assure yourself that you have done enough to make others prepare for the coming of the sweetheart in town.
The list does not just attempt to prove that cats and dogs can get along; it establishes a fact. Again, the winner of this argument are the cat and dog lovers.
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