Many households successfully combine multiple-pets — dogs and dogs, cats and dogs, birds and dogs, rabbits and dogs. This peaceful coexistence doesn’t always come easy, especially when it involves different species that communicate in contrasting ways. Sparks (and fur) can fly during the transition period. Even multiple dogs may not always get along. The dogs’ breeds, physical characteristics, ages, health status, temperaments and backgrounds can all affect their relationship.
Whether adding another pet by choice or by life circumstances (like blending households), there are steps you can take to establish positive relationships between your pets from the outset. Be prepared to take things slow and orchestrate introductions carefully. Here are several tips to bear in mind when fostering a healthy bond between your furry friends.