Is it better to introduce a new animal to a current pet slowly, like limited time together at first, or all at once?

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Dan, this should definitely be a gradual process. It allows both animals to get used to their new housemate slowly and avoid any tussles. The steps to introducing them are similar no matter what species, but they may need to be modified. To introduce two dogs, ideally find some neutral territory and allow them to see each other either through a fence or through crates. When they’re calm, you can let one dog out to sniff and approach while leaving the other crated, then swap. If that goes smoothly, then you can take them for a walk while keeping them separate but still allowing them to see each other. The next step is to let them meet each other in a large space that’s safe and fully fenced. This is also how you can introduce a dog and a cat, but obviously not outdoors or you may lose the cat. Rewards for staying calm are helpful. When introducing your dog to cats and other small pets, keep your pup on a leash to stop them chasing. It is usually safer to keep them separated when you’re not there to supervise them.. | 11.05.15 @ 10:56
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