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Dog’s visit literally starts pissing match

Updated: October 9, 2012 10:50AM



Q. I’m trying to get my dog and my family’s two cats to get along. The last time they were in the same house, they had a peeing contest on the family living room rug when no one was looking.

I’m trying to figure out a way to ensure they’ll get along better (and not pee on the new rug) if I bring my dog Picnic over. Do you have any advice?

A. You don’t exactly say the two cats and Picnic fought amongst themselves. Sounds like they did a pee dance a trois. This isn’t exactly a bad thing. They were all marking territory, putting up boundaries and getting the olfactory lay of the land.

When you visit, keep your dog under your control and in your field of vision. The cats own the family home. Your visiting dog doesn’t. He is the variable in this cats + dogs equation. No reason if Picnic is under your control, the family animals can’t get along and keep the carpet dry. You have to supervise.

Q. Lilly, is a 1 1/2 -year-old Labrador mix that I adopted about a year ago. She is super sweet but we keep having issues at the dog park. Lately whenever we go to the park and she sees her dog friends are already there, she ends up fighting with every other dog she meets. She only seems to get into fights when her friends are around. I’m not sure if she feels protective of them or jealous if they play with new dogs, but this behavior is really becoming a problem.

A. Stay away from the dog park for a spell. Even if your dog is not to blame, dog fights are serious business. Some dogs, particularly those still in need of socializing, can’t handle the rush of sensations and scents running with the pack at the dog park.

Lilly seems to work well in small groups with dogs she knows. Keep her close to the comforts of the familiar and reintroduce her slowly back to dogs she doesn’t know. Also, make sure she is spayed. This is mandatory not only in her ability to get along with other dogs but for Lilly’s overall health and welfare.



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