Who does not remember the iconic “Tom and Jerry”?
I am sure your childhood will be filled with watching the adorable fights of Tom and Jerry over a piece of cheese or just running around for the sake of it. But, do you remember other characters of the fictional cartoon series?
For instance, Spike and Tyke, the father and son duo who were friendly and amiable. But, sometimes lose control when seeing Tom insinuating a fight with Jerry over nothing.
Or that dogs and cats concealing their true nature in front of humans in the famous American animated action-comedy movie, Cats and Dogs.
In reality, it is not anywhere near it. For that matter, the association is not limited to just cats and emotional support dogs. Other animals are learning new ways to live in harmony.
But, asking them to talk it out on their own is probably a bad idea for sure. After all, innate behaviors won’t change. They can only be adjusted with practice.
This could add to your stress levels instead of dissipating them. Introductions can be challenging especially if you have a cat around. They might be pictured as prey at first.
Here’s how you can do for making introductions of your emotional support dog to other dogs or feline creatures a success.
Introductions Must Be Supervised
Well, this is the start for forming a bond between two dogs or a dog and a cat. It should be handled with care, patience, and planning.
You can’t just bump an idea over your dog and expect him to behave in a certain way. Let them be comfortable in and around each other. This will help to initiate a talk (obviously in their language that we can’t understand in a literal sense).
Introductions Must Be In A Comfortable Environments
Make them meet in a yard, then move into the house naturally to make them comfortable around each other. Keep their interactions short and pleasant and move to other steps gradually without forcing them to be with each other.
Humans also take time to gel with each other. The same goes for pets as well.
Work On Your Dog’s Behavior First
You can’t expect them to behave in front of any other animal, be it dogs or cats if they don’t understand your commands. Let them behave in a certain way before asking them to meet another one.
It’s like telling a 2-year-old kid to sit and behave well in social situations. You can let meet them when on a leash at a safe distance where they can’t attack each other and just be comfortable around each other.
Change The Place to Let Them Understand Better
This particular thing is good if you are introducing your emotional support dog to a cat. Make sure to make the cat comfortable by letting her be in a confined place where she acclimates to the sound and smell of your dog.
Making them comfortable with dogs will help them to gel sooner than otherwise.
Introductions Must Be With Their Leashes On
Making dogs sniff each other and instant calling them away will help them to be in a bit of control. The same goes with a cat as well. Allow them to see each other but don’t let your dog run after the life of the cat.
Don’t force interactions. Let that come naturally to them. Praise them on occasional good behaviors to motivate them living a complete harmony.
Introductions can be tedious or tiresome at first. But, once they form a bond with each other, you can let go of the leash and let them get involved. But, when the time will arrive cannot be predicted at all.
Work on the behavior and other suitable training for your emotional support dog before starting the process of introducing them to other animals.