If you already have a cat or some other kind of pet in the house and are considering getting a dog, it’s important to go with a breed that’s willing to share your time and attention other animals.
Labs are really tolerant
First of all, if possible, you should introduce your Lab and other pets when they’re very young. That way they’ll be able to form good relationships over time. Older animals usually aren’t as willing to make friends. But, if your Lab is already an adult, don’t worry, it’s still possible.
Believe it or not, one of the best things to do when you’re introducing your Labrador to another pet is to let them form the relationship on their own. Don’t force your Lab to be around the other pet. They’ll find a happy medium whether it’s a cat or another dog.
Don’t force the issue
If your other pet is a dog, a good way to get your Lab and your other dog acquainted is to play games with them together and walk them together. Remember don’t force them to be together though. If you feel that one of them genuinely doesn’t want to be around the other, it’s a good idea to let them set their own boundaries. If they’re pushed, you’re liable to have some fights on your hands. Actually, there’s a good chance they’ll have some fights whether you push them or not. This is all part of defining their territory.
Labrador Retrievers are very smart dogs and generally adapt quickly to new families and other pets. It’s just important that you do your part in making your Lab feel loved and safe in your home.
“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley