Introducing Your New Dog To The Family

By on September 9, 2013

Introducing animals to one another, and particularly introducing an animal to a household which is already home to other animals can be a fraught and worrying time for owners, however there are techniques you can use to make integration more likely to succeed.

The ideal time to introduce a dog to a cat, or any other animal, is when the dog is still a puppy, says dog behaviourist, Nick Honor. A properly socialised puppy, which has had the opportunity to co-exist with other animals in a controlled environment, is much more likely to live harmoniously with other species.

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When choosing a dog to cohabit with other animals, the age and breed should be taken into consideration.


Have you ever encountered problems when bringing a new pet home? What tips would you offer to other pet owners? Share and let us know!

About The Author

Nick has studied with and been mentored by some of the most eminent minds in animal behaviour including Dr Ian Dunbar and Jean Donaldson and is qualified in Dog Psychology. Currently working as a Trainer & Behaviour specialist with The Behaviour Company and PuppyStars Puppy Training Academy, Nick also volunteers his services for The Medical Detection Dogs. Nick holds teaching qualifications in Adult Learning – vital for educating owners about how to work best with their pets.

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