Socializing your pet to accept new members into the household is not always an easy task. They usually have their own ideas of territory and home and are generally not generous when it comes to sharing; they'd much rather chase the intruders away. We have to reprogram our pets' thinking and make them understand that chasing the cat or iguana or whatever other pet you may have, is not acceptable.
To start, make certain that the new animal will be safe. Place your new pet in a pet carrier or some other sturdy structure that prohibits your other one from actually physically contacting the animal but still allows for both pets to see, smell and hear each other. This provides a way for both pets to acclimate to each other in a safe, though possibly a bit stressful, situation. In later steps, gloves might be advisable to avoid scratches from a nervous pet. If either pet is showing signs of aggression or fear, I like to also used Wellnergy Pets Calming Chews, available on Amazon, to help relieve their anxiety.
After both pets have calmed a bit, give them each a small reward, such as a morsel of some favorite food and/or treats. Be sure to give them lots of verbal praise and affection when they're not barking or trying to get to the new member as this will show them that you are accepting of the new pet's presence and you expect them to be also.
One last point to keep in mind is that just like humans, not everyone is going to get along. There will be days where the dog and the cat are going to feud or the iguana will get cantankerous and slap the dog with his tail for the fun of it. Some pets were just never meant to live in harmony, but with a lot of patience and a little direction you can make your household fairly peaceable most of the time.
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About the Author:
Dr. Zonram Liao D.V.M. is a Southern California native, and earned his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego before obtaining his veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is not only a firm believer in the use of supportive care supplements to improve the health and happiness of his patients, but also is a strong advocate of the benefits of preventive care medicine for his patients as well. During his free time, Dr. Liao enjoys spending his time outdoors fishing and hiking, playing basketball, watching movies, cooking, traveling, and trying new foods.