Q: What kind of pet is best for me?
I would like to get a cute little pet, but unfourtantley I have a dog that attacked a small dog that looked like a rabbit. We cannot get another dog because my mom is gone for most of the day and thats not a good situation for either dog. I would like to have an animal to cuddle with that is not a great risk because of my dog. I don't really want a snake or lizard because again I want to cuddle with it, THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 16, 2010
As others have said, I would first suggest training your dog and then work from there. After your dog is more trustworthy around another pet, think about looking for sturdy animals. Find an animal that wouldn't mind a little bit rougher play incase your dog does decide to play hard, but be absolutely positive that your pet will be safe. There's no use in going through the bonding process with a new pet only to have to give it up or lose it because your dog doesn't accept it. Good Luck!
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Feb 15, 2010
first lets clear up two things:
1. your dog didn't attack another dog by mistake b/c they looked like a rabbit. dogs are less concerned w/looks and more alert to smell, so they knew it was another dog. this suggests your dog may be dog aggressive but...
2. we still don't know if your dog is socialized to small animals. some dogs will only attack small animals, some will only attack dogs, and some will go for either if they didn't grow up around them.
your dog being part catahoula leopard dog means they need early socialization to small animals. it's in their blood to hunt, so bringing in something small and cuddly isn't a great idea. definitely avoid an animal that needs room to run, like a bunny or rat, b/c they could easily get hurt. possibly a hamster, gerbil, or mouse may work b/c although they need time out of the cage, you would never let them roam freely. hamsters are really great pets, but they're escape artists so buy them a very solid cage. i've had the best luck w/golden hamsters and dwarf hamsters as far as cute and cuddly go. mice and gerbils are fun, but are more likely to nip than hamsters are. whatever you choose, be sure they were hand raised so you get the pet you really want.
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