Have you heard the saying ‘If you want something to be done, give it to a busy person’? You may think that you’re far too busy for a dog, but chances are, if your life is already busy, you’re a resourceful person who understands how to make time for the things in life that really matter. It’s absolutely possible to get a dog if you have a busy life already – read on for some tips…


Get Organised


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You know the importance of making sure that your life is organised. There’s no better way to take excellent care of a dog than by making sure that you’re organised. There’s no need to go overboard and make up a fancy diet – what about canned dog food? The right brands are just as good as any diet that you could make up. Make sure that you add dog food to your weekly shopping list and that you’ve researched the breed before bringing your new dog home. Research is one of the key factors that will ensure a happy and settled home for your new dog right from the very first day.


Make A Schedule


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It’s absolutely crucial that you ensure that every member of your family pulls his or her weight. A lot of parents end up getting dogs when their kids are a little older after giving into years of persuasion, and if this is you, then you need to make sure that your children take turns looking after the dog and the responsibility doesn’t land completely on your shoulders. Obviously if your kids are a little younger this won’t be possible – no one’s advising you to give your toddler a can opener and a tin of dog food. But older kids should be able to manage small tasks like giving the dog food and water, and walking the dog around the block in the evening for a little exercise. In fact, it’s a great way to teach them how to be responsible and caring.


Get A Smaller Dog


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If you don’t have much time then it would be cruel and irresponsible to get a dog who’ll only be happy with a lot of attention and very long walks. It’s best to go for a smaller breed with less energy – or you could consider adopting an older dog from a pet rescue. Not only would they have less energy and just be happy to curl up in front of a warm hearth at night, but you’ll be doing something great by giving a dignified older dog some happy years towards the end of its life.


Be Realistic


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Make sure that you’re absolutely certain that you will have time in your life for a dog. Make sure that you’re realistic about what you can handle – a rescue dog with attachment problems will have very different needs to a young puppy, who will have very different needs to a calmer older dog. Talk to the shelter workers to make sure that the dog you’re getting will be happy in your home and that you’ll be the right owners for it.


Before you get a dog, it’s absolutely crucial to make sure that you’ve puppy-proofed your home. If we’re completely honest, it isn’t all that different from baby proofing – the same ‘no naked flames, no accessible cleaning products’ things apply to dogs as well! Read on to find out more about how to make your home suitable for your new canine pal

Dog Proof Your Garden


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You must make sure that your back garden is a safe environment for your dog to play in. First of all, make sure that your fences are secure and that they go down into the ground for a long way – a lot of dogs like to burrow underneath fences to escape to freedom, or they might leap over the top. Make sure that your fences are tall and that they aren’t easily accessible. Ensure that none of your plants are toxic and that you only use nontoxic ways of killing weeds and slugs that won’t hurt your pets.

Put Your Stuff Neatly Away


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A lot of dogs have been rushed to the vet emergency room as the result of eating something that their owners have left out. Make sure that you pick up your socks, that you don’t leave loose change discarded around, and that your kids are very vigilant about picking up their toys, particularly smaller pieces of lego. You also need to ensure that you lock away all of your cleaning products and any substances that can be toxic to dogs, including foods like chocolate and avocado. You should use childproof latches and locks to make sure that your dog can’t get into any cabinets, and remember that they can jump surprisingly high if they want to get to something, so put everything you want to keep away from them on the highest shelf you can.


Make Your Dog Comfortable


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Of course, your dog’s comfort matters almost as much as your own. Check out dog beds like the K9 Ballistics to provide a nice comfortable place for your dog to curl up whenever they fancy a snooze – although we all know that instead of going for the bed, they’ll probably choose a doorway, or wherever is most directly under your feet and likely to get them tripped over! Make sure that whatever bed you choose is hard wearing and heavy duty for any chewing that might occur.


Make Sure Your Fabrics Are Easy To Clean


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If you have the sort of dog that loves to leap up onto your couch to snuggle with you – or alternatively, to sprawl out and fall asleep – then chances are, you’ve encountered a few muddy footprints on there many, many times. Wipe clean fabrics are a godsend. Consider having a leather couch instead of a material one, or at least fling a throw blanket over your couch to protect it from fur and mud and paws. Hardwood floors are easiest for you to clean but they aren’t especially cozy for dogs to fall asleep on; if you have a rug, make sure that it isn’t deep pile, and that it won’t stain too easily.

Considering adopting a furry friend into your home? Dogs and puppies are adorable, and are able to bring us so much joy and fulfill our lives in so many ways. But before taking the plunge, it’s vital that you really think it through. A dog is a massive commitment, and when you decide to get one you need to be prepared to look after it to the very best of your ability for its entire life. Here are a few important things to consider.




Dogs Are Expensive

Over the course of their lives, dogs are expensive pets to own. If you don’t have the means or inclination to spend a lot of money on a pet, the simple option is to not get a dog. Food, treats, toys, leads, collars, tags, grooming products, dog beds will all add up. On top of that, you have insurance or potential vet bills to foot if they get ill or develop a health condition.


Dogs Can Develop Behaviour Issues

Aggression, phobias, destructiveness and excessive barking are all things you may have to deal with when you own a dog. Researching the temperament of the breed before buying is a good idea, but even then they can surprise you and grow up to be completely different to what you expect. Socializing your puppy well when they’re young is helpful, and exposing them to lots of different situations. This means they’re less likely to be phased by them as an older dog. Behaviour problems can be incredibly frustrating, investing in dog obedience training could be the answer in some cases. Unlike a person you can’t just ask them what’s wrong, and as dog behavior can be complex it’s not even like you can guess a lot of the time. While many dogs grow up without major issues, be aware that this is something you could potentially face.


Say Goodbye to Spontaneous Vacations and Overnight Stays

If you have a baby, you can take them just about anywhere with you. Vacations, overnight stays, trips to friends houses. This is something you often can’t do with a dog, and so if you love your spontaneous breaks away, this is something you will have to give up. While they can be boarded in kennels without a problem for an annual vacation, it’s not something you should be doing all the time. Being away from their home and owner is stressful for a dog, and so it should be kept to a minimum.


Dogs Take Up a Lot of Time

Dogs are needy by nature, it’s one of the things we as humans love about them. They love being near their owner and need plenty of walks, love, and affection to be kept happy. They’re not a pet for a busy person, and so if you don’t have a lot of time to spend with a dog then reconsider getting one. While it’s fine to have a full-time job and still own a dog, you’re not going to be able to raise a puppy this way. You either need to have a significant amount time off work, or make sure a family member is at home during the day until your pup has grown up and settled in. When they’re older, if you’re out for a lot of the day then you should be prepared to invest time in them when you get home. Take them out for walks regardless of how exhausted you are after work, and give them the play time and attention they need.




Providing you’re 100% ready for the commitment of owning a dog, you should go for it. Nothing will ever make you quite as happy as having your own fluffy little best friend.

Getting A Mini Husky Into Your Life

The legendary husky is known for its many sterling qualities. Movies such as ‘Eight Below’ have made this breed even more famous for their:

  • High intelligence
  • Strength of spirit.
  • Tremendous resilience.
  • Ability to face the most challenging of weather zones – icy Arctic and so on.

So if you are one of those people who simply want to have a husky in your life then you are not alone. However, a few factors may come in the way of you having this magnificent dog species. Primary among those considerations could be the space that you have in your home. But thanks to the availability of this species called mini husky you really can have your husky and enjoy it too!


What is the miniature husky?

Think of a normal Siberian husky in a much smaller avatar and that is the mini husky or teacup husky for you. For all practical purposes, it is absolutely similar to its ‘bigger cousin’ in:

  • Energy levels.
  • Curiosity
  • Friendliness
  • Loyalty too.

Typically, they can live for anywhere between 12 and 14 years and attain a lofty height of up to 17 inches.


Dog experts will tell you to be careful about the way you look after this dog. Treat it as a husky when it comes to diet. A common mistake to make is to feed it a diet meant for a small dog – this can result in lots of health problems.

High-energy breed

The tiny husky is known for its energy levels. They will need to be engaged in physical activity and mental stimulation. The energy level of your mini husky will also have an impact on their training. While they are smart and will learn pretty quickly, you cannot have long training sessions. Short and effective training spells will have the best possible effect for the dog.

Gentle training is great for any dog. No dog should be treated cruelly during training. Training is meant to help you bond with the dog and get him or her to respond to a few things you want. Be consistent in your commands and training sessions. Be generous with your treats – ideally invest money in the treats that your dog loves. You should also practice your commands in different scenarios so your intelligent little husky will react correctly – no matter where he or she is.

Who should have a mini husky?

Given the cuteness quotient of this dog, it is likely that everybody in the world will like to own one! The personality of these little dogs makes them ideal for a family with kids or someone who is willing to spend a sizeable portion of time in keeping them active – walking, playing, grooming etc. You can make the dog even happier with a yard or garden in which he or she can stretch out those legs and play to their heart’s content.

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When thinking about getting a pet, there’s a lot to consider. It’s easy to be irresponsible and make bad decisions when a pet is at stake. But at this point, you’re thinking about getting a dog, so here’s a list of some of the things to consider when making this journey.


Before you make the decision, you need to think about a few things. Don’t rush, even if you’re excited. Your new buddy will be much happier with everything he or she needs!


Space –

A lot of modern houses are quite small. So when thinking about getting a pet, you need to be sure that they’ll have enough room. A couple of small rooms isn’t enough for a dog. They need places to hide, room to run, and plenty of space to play. It’s very important that you have a garden as well. Gardens act as a safe outside area for your dog, as well as somewhere for them to do their business.

Time –

Raising any animal takes time, and puppies are particularly demanding. You not only need to keep them occupied, but you also need to take them on walks. Remember that you are committing yourself to possibly 20+ years worth of daily walks.

Patience –

This is a given. Puppies are cute and cuddly, but just like human babies, they can push you to your limits. But they don’t react well to negative enforcement; it’s best to be patient when things go wrong.


Raising a dog is a costly affair. With food, vets bills, toys and more. You have to do some research and make sure that you can afford the long-term costs of keeping a critter happy and healthy.

Once you meet those requirements, you can start looking for a dog. There’s still some preparations to be made, though and more to think about.

Food –

A dog’s diet is just as important as a human’s. And different types of dog need different foods. This requires some research, and it might even be worth talking to a vet. There’s a dog diet guide on MySweetDogs.com which is really helpful.

Space –

Space again! Now you need to think about assigning some space for your new friend. Even if it’s just a space for a dog bed, you should give him or her space for themselves. You should also think about where they can’t go, such as a pantry or bathroom, and figure out a way to limit their access.

Schedule –

Plan how you’re going to fit walks, play time and vet visits into your regular schedule. Be liberal with time at first, as it’ll take some time for you to learn and become more efficient. Also, think about meal times and toilet visits for you pal, and don’t forget to arrange a dog sitter for any trips you want to take.

Medical –

Arrange to have a checkup for your puppy as close to the pick up date as possible. This will also give you a chance to discuss neutering/spaying and future checkups, to help you budget the costs.


You’ll need to do some of your own research and due diligence, but this should be enough to get started. Remember to check with a vet or a professional if you’re unsure about anything once you get your new dog.


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Don’t leave your dog high and dry this Christmas without a gift to open! As dog owners, we no doubt shower our best furry friend with gifts, treats, and toys throughout the year. So it makes sense to wrap up something special for them at Christmas too. Not only will your dog love his new gift, but he’ll also appreciate playing with the wrapping paper as well! Just mind that sellotape. Below are some great gift ideas so you can ensure that your pooch is suitable pampered come the holidays!

Stylish Retreats

Every pampered pooch deserves a stylish update to their living arrangements. This year why not treat your dog to a new cozy and inviting bed? He’ll love sniffing out his new surrounds and may just take a post-Christmas dinner snooze! As an extra special surprise why not also invest in some outdoor pet furniture for him. If your dog loves the fresh air and plays a lot in your garden, he’ll appreciate somewhere to retreat into the shade or away from the rain from time to time. A smart outdoor dog house makes a great addition to the garden and a wonderful Christmas gift for your pooch.


Plush Chew Toy

If you are like most dog owners, your canine pal is likely to get new chew toys and treats on a weekly basis. Especially as most of the toys are destructed within days! Limbless toys and animals without their stuffing do not make for a good look! So how about treating your dog to a super plush indestructible chew toy this Christmas. Jax & Bones Coco The Elephant is an eco-friendly, safe and durable dog toy that looks incredibly cute. It is made from chemical-free dyed cotton thread and even as your dog attempts to pull it apart, the frayed cotton will just act as dental floss for his teeth. Healthy and fun all in one! Coco the Elephant is the perfect Christmas toy for your pooch.


Gourmet Treats

Come Christmas time food is not only on humans minds but also doggies too! It’s time to wrap up some gourmet treats for your dog to enjoy over the holiday season. Companies such as Pawsitively Gourmet offer healthy doggie treats disguised as festive favorites. There is everything from sweet potato holiday donuts to peanut butter winter cookies. They look cute and also make a great gift if you are buying for other dog owner friends too.


Challenging Christmas Games

We all love to play a few fun games over the holiday season, and your furry friend is no different. Buy him the Kuruse BUSTER dog bowl maze, and he’ll be occupied for quite some time trying to chase the food down the exit points of the maze in order to free it. The treats are placed deep into the curved tracks of the maze, and your dog will have to use all his senses to get them out. It’s a super way to keep your dog motivated and mentally challenged over the holiday period



We all love our dogs and usually we just give our dogs whatever we are eating. Though the food that we eat may be good for us, it may not be good for the health of the dog. There is a growing concern among dog owners to only give the best food for their dogs and they do not mind experimenting with new food diets like raw dog food, new brand of kibbles etc. A list of dog foods that can be given and are beneficial to dog health and a list of dog foods that can be detrimental to the health of a dog are given below.

Foods that can be given to your dog:

Carrots: This vegetable is good for humans as well as for dogs. You can give this in cooked format or you can give this raw. The dog will like the raw carrot better and eat it slowly and enjoy it completely. Carrots are very good for the dog’s teeth too.

Eggs: Eggs are great for your dog and you can boil an egg or scramble it. If you love to give raw dog food to your dog you can even give the raw egg. Some people say that salmonella poising could occur if you give a raw egg but a dog’s digestive process is such that it will not matter.

Salmon: Fish is a great addition to your dog’s diet. These contain omega-3 fatty acids which is essential for your dog. Add fish at least once a week to your dog’s diet.

Yogurt: Yogurt is great for your dog. If your dog is passing smelly poop or if it has any other digestive problems, you can add yogurt to its diet. This will solve all digestive problems.

Chicken: Give your dog chicken and it will be very happy. Dogs love chicken and you can give it to them cooked or raw. If you give raw chicken wings the dog will love to bite and savour the taste of meat and bone. Opponents of raw dog food say that the bones may harm the dog, but there has been no conclusive evidence to suggest it is so. On the contrary dogs that eat raw chicken are found to be healthy and energetic, with wonderful breath and shiny teeth.

Foods that need to be avoided:

Onions: Onions are great for humans but dogs can get sick after consuming onions, so it is better to avoid it.

Chocolate: Everyone loves chocolate, but it is totally banned for your dog. Chocolates can induce vomiting, diarrhoea and other health complications for your dog. So it is better to never feed your dog chocolates.

Grapes/Raisins: This is very good for humans and the digestive system but is poisonous for dogs and lead to kidney failure. Never feed grapes or raisins to your dogs.

Alcohol: Alcohol can make your dog tipsy and the after effects can be dangerous for your dog and can even lead to death. So keep your dog away from alcohol.

Deciding to add to your family is a big decision. Children and pets, they all require you to ask yourself certain questions to ensure that you are ready. While owning a pet may not impact you as much as having a child, it’s vital that you still consider the decision carefully. This is because owning a dog, or any other pet for that matter, is something you have complete control over. You decide whether you are ready. Sometimes children don’t give you that luxury. So I thought I would share with you some of the most common questions to ask yourself when considering getting a dog.


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Do we have space for the dog?

One of the main things to consider when getting a dog is the space you have in your home. Do you have enough space to accommodate a four legged friend who can bounce around your home and have an abundance of energy? You will need to ensure they have a place to sleep or stay during the hours you are not there. You need to think about whether there’s any toilet training that needs to take place, especially if you are getting a puppy. Space is a big factor.

Do we have enough time to give a dog?

A dog needs your time. Time for playing, affection and most of all training. Considering dog training is important to ensure they obey your orders and behave well. The last thing anyone wants is an unruly pet causing havoc in your home. Dog training especially will take time. So make sure you consider whether you have that free time to give.

What happens when we are not there?

Not everyone is fortunate enough to stay at home each day. So there is bound to be times where your dog will need to be at home without you. It’s important to ensure that you ease your dog gently into this to avoid causing issues with separation anxiety in the future. You also need to workout how long they may be potentially left for. It’s unfair to keep a dog locked away for long periods of time. They need to be able to exercise and relieve themselves.


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Can we maintain a dog schedule?

In all honesty, it doesn’t take much to look after a dog. If you are an animal lover, the general chores won’t be an issue to you. But a dog does need to have regular exercise each day. Walking tends to be the most popular way and most dog owners will do this twice a day. You have to ask yourself whether you are around for those regular exercise jaunts. The feedings schedules and of course have time to offer affection.


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Can we afford to keep a dog healthy and happy?

Finally, there is no hiding from the fact that a dog costs money. Food, equipment, dog beds, and even vet bills. They all add up over time. So you need to ensure that those additional costs don’t put any further strain on your household budget.

I hope this helps you come to a decision of owning a dog easily.

Top 5 Gifts for Dog Lovers

Dogs love their owners unconditionally. They are loyal and cuddly. Dog lovers appreciate it if you buy presents for their precious fur balls on special occasions. Do you have a crazy dog loving friend or relative? If the answer is yes, then you may be wondering what to gift them. Well, here are some awesome gifts that both the dog and the owner will be ecstatic to have;

1. Dog Jackets

dogjacketsAre you looking for the best winter present to gift to a dog lover? Dog jackets are the perfect answer. Winter is a perilous time for dog lovers to walk their pets. To protect your friend’s dog against the atrocities of the harsh cold season such as, rain, snow and sleet, reflective dog jackets serve the purpose perfectly. Not just this, the jackets are cosy and warm even for the chilly nights as well.

2. Dog Shampoo
dogshampooA terrific dog shampoo is not readily available in the market. So, if you really want to surprise your friend, you may seriously consider buying an organic shampoo for your dog loving friend. The shampoos available in general pet stores are okay too but try looking for ones with organic formulations. Shampoos that contain lemongrass oils and rosemary do not just keep the fleas at bay; they also leave behind a delightful smell. Mild organic cleansers are also quite excellent for sensitive dogs even.

3. Hammocks
doghammocksDog lovers often take their dogs with them when they travel which may create a huge mess. It is not the dog’s fault really; scratching the seat covers with their dirty paws or shedding their hair is something which comes naturally to them. A dog carrier may be a decent option but a comfortable hammock for car seats serves not only as a seat cover but also as a much safer option.

4. Food and Water Travel Bowls
travelbowlsIt might get difficult for dog lovers to get their furry pets to drink adequately during a road trip or hiking along the mountainous tracks. In such a situation, gifting the dog-lovers water and food bowls for their pets is a considerate present. There are lots of varieties of these bowls available in the market. Metallic ones have a lot of weight while the plastic ones are easier to carry. Choose the one that can be tossed on the leash easily.

5. Dog Cookies
cookiesDogs cannot be fed the same old regular sugar cookies that you stuff your mouth with. Gifting the dog lover cookies specifically made for the dogs will be an ideal gift. Your dog-lover friend will love your forever for gifting different flavoured cookies. Munching upon the peanut butter wafers or beef and liver cookies are just what you need to become friends with your friend’s pet

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How to Help Cats and Dogs Get Along

If you already own a cat and are planning on introducing a dog into the family (or vice versa!), it is important to know right off the bat that chances are low for the two of them to just get along.

By nature, dogs are hunters, which means that they might see your cat as a form of prey; the exception being dogs that have been around other cats in the past and not had any problems with them.

However, if you are bringing home a puppy that has never had any experience with them, or if you are bringing home an adult dog that has a high desire to chase and catch, then you will need to work to ensure harmony in your home.

Don’t think cats are innocent, either! Many times cats will feel threatened by a dog’s mere presence, causing them to lash out by scratching or trying to mark their territory (in not-so-subtle ways). Cats can be just as loyal to their humans as dogs can – and they typically hate when their daily routines are upset by anything.

In either case, the stress from new arrival can wreak havoc on both parties. It can cause sickness, such as lack of appetite, vomiting, and hair loss to either or both of the animals, not to mention the fact that the stress on either animal isn’t fair to them – after all, the current pet is used to being there first, and everything belongs to him or her, and now you’re asking them to share with a new arrival!

Let’s take a lot at some ways we can work to help cats and dogs get along, and alleviate all of that stress and tension that might pop up in this situation.


The very first time your cat and dog meet it is vital to introduce them in a calm, relaxing manner. Don’t just place the two of them together on the floor – make sure you are holding your dog or cat as you introduce them to the new arrival. Let them sniff each other and stare at each other – and don’t expect the initial encounter to go too smoothly – time can change things!

After the introduction, make sure to keep the animals separate for a while. You can either keep them in separate rooms or put up a divider. Whatever you decide on, after a while you should make sure to allow them the chance to smell each other or interact – even if it is only though a small opening cut on the bottom of the divider.

If you are putting them in separate rooms, make sure to change what rooms you put them in. This will not only give them a change of scenery, but it will also allow your pets to smell each other’s presence in the room, thereby getting used to one another.

Repeat this process a few times if necessary, giving them time to get used to each other and the fact that they will be spending time together now.

Reducing Problem Behaviors

If your cat and dog are starting to get along, but still have several behaviors that are somewhat of a problem, try and reduce these behaviors in a positive way.

For example, if your dog likes to bark at your cat, then be sure to distract your dog instead of scolding or using a harsh tone. Offer your dog a toy or show him or her something of interest. By trying to distract from the behavior rather than react negatively, you are helping ensure that there will be more positive encounters in the future.

If you yell at your harshly scold your pet, it will remember the interaction and how it was treated negatively, preventing him or her from wanting to engage in the future.

Keep Food, Water, Sleeping, and Litter Separate

A key component to your pets existing harmoniously is to make sure that their food and drinks stay separate from each other.

Don’t allow your dog or cat near each other’s food dishes – their automatic feeders, trays, and water dishes are for them, and them only.

The same can be said for the pets’ sleeping areas. Allow your cat and your dog to have their own designated areas for sleeping – it will give them a sense of security knowing that they won’t be bothered.

Another thing to remember is to keep your cat’s litter box away from your dog – cats will get territorial if they believe their safe space is threatened, and this includes spraying or urinating in other areas of the house if their litter box is disturbed. This is their safe space for going to the bathroom, so make sure to keep it feeling safe for them!

Some Other Tips for Helping Your Pets Adjust

You may be tempted to give your cat and dog each their own water and food dishes, beds, and then leave them alone together until they “get used to each other.” However, this isn’t the way you should help your pets to adjust. Make sure the animals are one hundred percent comfortable with each other before you do this – as it can end poorly if one of the animals turns hostile.

Always make sure to reward good behavior, either with praise or treats. If your pets can play together or sit together nicely without fighting or attacking each other, they deserve that praise! Reward positive behavior!

Allow your cat to have somewhere he or she can go to get away from the dog if necessary. Either a cat tree or a special room that only he or she can get into are both good choices, as this provides the cat a feeling of safety and the reassurance that if it feels threatened, it has somewhere to go to be alone. Always make sure that neither animal is afraid of the other before leaving them alone in the house or overnight.

Also keep in mind how different breeds can get along – whereas breeds like German Shepherds, Sheep Dogs, and Pit Bulls might see the cat as an animal that needs to be “herded” or as “prey,” dogs such as Labrador Retrievers or even smaller dogs might be more willing to accept this member of the family, due to their sweeter and more mellow personality.

Many households have cats and dogs that coexist wonderfully, and even play together happily. Following proper protocol when introducing your pets and allowing them time to get used to each other is crucial to keep them healthy and happy, and having the whole family get along well!

BIO: Emily Parker runs Catological, a blog dedicated to helping cat parents love their kitties better. She has lived in both dog and cat homes, and is excited to introduce a new dog to her family (which includes 2 cats) in the coming year.