How to Introduce Your New Puppy to Your Cat

dog and cat meeting

It is common knowledge that cats and dogs are allegedly sworn enemies, so if you already have a cat and you are entertaining thoughts of adopting a puppy, then you should be rightly concerned. Having a cat and a dog live together in complete harmony will be ‘a dream come true’ for you, but that does not negate the fact that things could get pretty hairy when the puppy comes home.

But one thing is sure: it is possible for cats and dogs to cohabit peacefully, though it requires lots of planning, patience, and careful guidance. If you follow this guide, you will increase the chance of getting your cat to bond with your dog and becoming best of friends for life.

You should understand that there are dog breeds that accept cats as well as cat breeds that accept dogs. The reverse, of course, is the same as well. As a pet owner, understanding that some dog breeds are naturally hostile to cats and vice versa will go a long way in helping you determine the best step to take. For instance, cat-friendly dog breeds include collies, Labradors, and poodles. The most dog-friendly cat breed is perhaps the Manx cat. Other cats have some problems adjusting to the presence of another canine companion of different species.

Additionally, most cats can learn to accept a puppy or dog in the household as long as the dog respects its space and makes no attempt to violate it at any time. Cats are the primary determinants when it comes to how close they wants the dog to be.

The first thing you should do before you bring the new puppy is to consider the past experiences your cat has had with dogs. If your friends who own dogs visit you with their canine companions, does your cat react aggressively towards it or not? Does she stick around until the dog is gone or bolts off someplace? Is she pushy, excited. or curious? These are scenarios that will give you an indication of how your cat will behave when the new puppy comes home.

Secure your cat in a safe place—preferably in her carrier, and then bring the puppy home. Let the dog roam around the house for about thirty to forty minutes. This would enable the dog to meet your cat by smell virtually. Some dog experts even advise that you can do this with your cat as well. All you need to do is to stroke your puppy with a piece of cloth while it is still at the breeder’s and then using the fabric to wipe the furniture and other items in the house and vice versa. This is to make the pets to have a ‘taste’ of each other’s strange smells, and this is of immense importance in the introduction process.

dog and cat hugging

You can also put a leash on the new puppy for the first few days if it calls for it when you bring it to your home. By this time, your cat has gotten used to the ‘strange’ smell of the puppy, but it could still be wary of the puppy when they eventually meet face to face. Chances are your puppy will spring towards your cat, probably in a playful mode. This is where the leash comes to play; your cat may misinterpret the playful leap of the new puppy and become aggressive. The leash is to keep the puppy in check so that the whole introduction doesn’t get off on the wrong foot.

You should expect your cat to hiss and dash away; this is an entirely reasonable reaction. Allow them to check each other out, but be very watchful. You can give both your cat and dog treats as rewards for good behavior.

These short visits should be repeated several times a day, always watching over the duo as your cat and leashed dog size each other up and getting used to each other. Once you notice that your cat and dog are getting along, take off the leash and then supervise your pets carefully. Depending on what happens in this phase, you may have to revert to the previous step for a few more days if things appear to be getting out of hand. Never leave your pets alone until you are one hundred percent sure they are comfortable with each other.

What to Look for When Buying a Puppy

Three golden retriever puppies -- here's what to consider when you buy one

One of the most beautiful dogs you can buy to become part of your family is the Golden Retriever. Not only is it popular in the United States, but this breed is also well-known worldwide, thanks to its sweet character as well as its beautiful appearance. Owning a dog is no joke, and this is why it is vital to ensure that you and your home are ready before you get a Golden Retriever puppy.

When searching for a hunting professional or companion dog, you need to search for a breeder of good repute carefully. It is highly crucial for you to purchase your Golden Retriever puppy from a good breeder so that you can make some enquiries such as confirming the puppy’s lineage and health history. This is particularly important if you’re interested in registering your dog with the American Kennel Club. Therefore, it is not advisable to purchase your puppy from a pet store but a reputable breeder.

The temperament of a dog varies between males and females; so it is essential for you to select the right gender that you prefer. The size of female Golden Retrievers is usually smaller than their male counterparts. If breeding your Retriever is part of your plans, then you should go for a female puppy.

Your Golden Retriever puppy must be in sound health before you even take him/her home. This is another reason why you should purchase your puppy from a reliable breeder since they will usually carry out all health checks beforehand and receive certifications on eyes, hips, and heart. Getting and confirming these certifications are also very linortant as you need to be sure your puppy’s parents don’t have any allergies. This breed is highly vulnerable to skin problems and hot spots, so you need to ask back about two to three generation before buying the Golden Retriever puppy. Also ensure that your puppy has bright eyes, a clean coat with no fleas, and no visible health issues such as discharges from the nose or eyes.

golden retrievevr puppy in grass

When most Golden Retrievers are born, their colors are on the light side which ranges from creamy to gold. The colors of its ears are excellent indicators of the color it would portray when your puppy reaches maturity.

Golden Retrievers are generally very excited and friendly around people. But you still need to be careful when selecting the right puppy from a litter of Golden puppies. One way to check the personality of a Golden puppy is to hold it. If it shows no sign of distancing itself from you or of aggression whatsoever, then it is an excellent indication that the puppy has an agreeable personality.

You can also test your Golden puppy if your goal is to train it to be a hunter. When you visit the breeder, take a ducktail along with you and attempt to make the puppies respond to your antics. Then pick the Golden puppy that is most excited and even tries to bring back the ducktail to you. You just found your hunting companion without a sweat.

Why Golden Retrievers are the Best Dogs Ever

Golden retriever mom and puppy

Let’s face it—life is better with a Golden around. Golden retrievers are easy to love, they are fun-loving, and they’re utterly gorgeous to look at. Golden retrievers can be a perfect addition to any family, and it is easy to see why it is so easy to fall in love with them. There’s no doubt that there are plenty of reasons why golden retrievers are the best dogs ever:

They are incredibly cute
Just staring into their eyes is enough to make you fall in love. Two of the main reasons people opt for Golden retrievers are their beautiful golden fur and friendly faces. Unfortunately, because of their irresistible cuteness, you cannot stay mad at a golden retriever for very long.

They fit in perfectly
It does not take Golden retrievers very long to become comfortable in their new home. When you leave, they honestly miss you because they do not like being left alone for extended periods. When you come home, you will always be met with hugs and wet kisses.

They are unbelievably smart
Golden retrievers are very intelligent and are always curious. Because of their intelligence, they are used often by rescue teams and police. They also serve as guide and therapy dogs. What’s not to love about a dog that makes the world a better place?

They love to eat
Golden retrievers will eat anything, so you will never have to throw away food ever again. They can slurp up spills and chomp on fruits and veggies just as easily as they can devour a perfectly cooked steak.

They are perfect for kids
Even as full-grown dogs, golden retrievers are basically large puppies. They are so gentle and loyal that they are the perfect pet for shy kids. Because they are so curious, they also make excellent babysitters and playmates for your little ones. They also love to play around for exercise, which should tire out both the kids and the puppies.

They are always smiling
When you are down and out, a Golden retriever can cheer you up and make you feel better. Even when they are unwell or sick, a Golden will always have a smile. Having a Golden retriever around during stressful moments is a lot like having a therapist on call. They are intuitive and seem to always know when you need a cuddly hug.

A Golden retriever will increase your lifespan
People with pets tend to live longer on average than people who don’t have a pet. Therefore, by owning one, you can laugh and exercise more often. Retrievers will stay by your side every chance they get, which is a source of comfort to many.