Tips for Introducing a New Puppy to Other Pets

apricot poodle puppy with a kittenBuying a new puppy is an exciting and fun time in your life. They make great companions, are great for little ones to play with, and are just so sweet and cuddly. If you are a fairly new pet owner, you may be curious as to if your new puppy will get along with your other pets. If you own a cat and are worried about introducing a dog to them, consider buying a toy poodle from Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles. Poodles are one of the most cat-friendly breeds of dogs. Thanks to their loving and laid back personalities, poodles get along with almost all other animals.

Another thing to keep in mind is that poodles are a naturally protective breed of dog. This means that they will feel a natural urge to protect your family, including your other pets. This quality will most likely make your poodle want to get along with and love your other pets as well.

When you bring your new puppy home, it is important not to force an interaction between them and your other pets, since this may cause irritation and tension between them. Perhaps take them all outside in your backyard or another closed off area and let them play together if they want. If they ignore each other, do not force them to play or interact. Allow them some time to warm up to each other.

Make it very clear to the other pets that the new puppy is not a threat and is now part of the family. Let your other pets watch you play with and feed the new puppy. Most importantly, encourage positive interactions between animals with treats and praise. Until your animals are comfortable with each other, we recommend keeping them separated while you are not at home. The building of relationships between animals – especially cats and dogs – takes time, but with positive reinforcement, you can create a positive environment that all your pets will enjoy. Learn more about introducing your new puppy to your cat here and to your other dogs here.

Interested in adopting a poodle puppy or learning more about our upcoming litters? Contact Scarlet’s Fancy online or by calling 805-748-2095 today! Located in Central Coastal California, we can ship puppies across the United States and Canada.

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