It is all known that dogs have been part of humankind from the primitive era. To date, Dogs are described as man’s best friend. That does not mean there are no other popular pets. For instance, hamsters are becoming quite a catch with pet owners.
The million-dollar question is: can hamsters get along with dogs? This post will explore some of the tips to help keep hamsters and dogs together. Let’s get into it, shall we?
Build a glass cage for your hamster
As much as you would want your dog to play with the hamster, it does not mean leaving them outside to play together. First of all, you need a glass cage for the hamster. You can make it yourself or hire someone to do it. How to make a good cage that is a topic for another day.
When everything is ready, bring the cage outside to the presence of your dog and see how he behaves when he sees the smaller furry friend. Is he aggressive? Do not dare to take the hamster outside the cage. Keep this on for as long as you can. With time, your canine friend will get used to the idea of seeing the hamster.
Train your dog to live with the little fellow
You probably know that your dog is not aggressive. That is a good start to introduce him to the hamster. Take the hamster out of the cage and see what your dog does. He might chase after her. Talk to your dog all the time to make sure no harm comes to the hamster. After a while, you will notice the two bonding. You can even see them play without you initiating anything.
Never leave the pair alone
It matters less how much you trust your dog; never leave him alone with the hamster. Maybe he acts friendly when you are around. When it is playtime, always be there to keep an eye and enforce fair play rules.
Don’t force the relationship
Well, there are people you do not like their company. Imagine if someone tried to force you to be in the company of people you do not like. It doesn’t turn out good, right? It is all the same with animals. Some pets cannot be together, no matter how hard you try. If your dog doesn’t really want to be around your hamster, do not force the relationship. You can have them separately.
There are many pets than can peacefully live together. For instance, dogs and cats are universally known to co-exist although at times blows are exchanged. A dog and a hamster is quite an experiment. It depends on the kind of dog you have and how well you have trained him. Some dogs will be fine welcoming and playing with the smaller fellow, others will not be so accommodating. For example, if you have the hunting dog, it may be harder to train it to be kind to the hamster. If you decide to try it, do it with some precautions. You never know what comes out of the relationship.