PREPARING your home
Introducing a new greyhound into a household with pre-established pets requires
patience, common sense and a dose of caution. Expect the worst possible reaction and be pleasantly surprised with anything less. If you’re overly cautious you lean towards the safe end of the spectrum and this is always recommended.
The following list will be helpful in minimizing trauma and stress for all.
1. If you have a cat, make sure the new dog is reasonably ‘cat safe.’
2. If your new greyhound passes this test and is deemed ‘cat safe’, it is best to take this label with a grain of salt. Don’t trust your new addition until the trust is earned. Watch for signs of acceptance toward your feline, or even better, absolute ambivalence.
3. Make certain you don’t ignore your incumbent pets. Give as much, or more attention than normal: you don’t want your faithful companions to being to doubt their importance in your life.
4.Introducing your new addition in a neutral environment can help expedite the new relationship without the threat of territorial behaviors.
5. Always be attentive to behaviors and body language. They can give you a hint of a problem long before it surfaces.
6. A crate is very useful in the early stages of introduction. A crate offers the new pet a home of his/her won and the preexisting pet will not be as threatened territorially.
7. Have one muzzle per animal available. Know your pets’ personalities and use the muzzles until you’re certain all differences have been worked out. Continue to use these protective devices well beyond what seems to be necessary. You’ll never regret being overly cautious.
8. Muzzles are often necessary indefinitely for some animals whenever they are running free. A muzzle is just another piece of equipment, no different than a collar. To use them in a multiple dog setting is often more humane than to delete them from your routine altogether.
9. Minimize toys, bones, stuffed animals, etc. in the beginning. This task is tough enough without complicating the situation with jealousy over material possessions. These objects can be offered when your pets are crated. If crating is not part of your routine, make sure you are there to
supervise when these material objects are present.
10. Always be around to supervise at meal times. Food can be a bone of
contention. Pay attention and don’t let your guard down.
Multiple dog households can be the source of great joy and happiness for all.
Common sense and a cautious nature can go a long way towards avoiding many
potential pitfalls and heartaches.