Bringing a new pet into a home that another animal has already designated as its own territory is always daunting and sometimes difficult.
There is always the possibility that the animals will not get along, harm each other (intentionally or accidentally), or get each other in feed or waste and get sick or messy.
Fortunately for dog lovers looking to get into the aquarium hobby, fish and dogs generally live well together and most often do not interact with each other, except perhaps for a dog who is fascinated by the moving colors of fish in the aquarium, just like humans.
While incorporating fish into a home already owned by a dog is one of the easiest introductions to a pet, there are still a few things all dog owners should know before bringing Nemo home to meet Fido for the first time.
1. Most dogs are unlikely to take care of their new roommates.
Unlike a cat, your dog is unlikely to see your new aquarium as a source of food or a source of great interest. Dogs are usually not visual creatures, and even the brightest and most beautiful cherry prawns in the world are unlikely to attract their attention for the color alone. Instead, dogs are attracted and mesmerized by smells and sounds that no aquarium produces much of. For this reason, it is quite possible, and even likely, that your dog will be interested in the pool in the first few days and then quickly become carefree.
2. Dogs like a controlled initial introduction.
Since you cannot know how much your dog is investing in your aquarium until it is set up and stocked, dogs should always be introduced to fish in a carefully controlled environment. In most cases, this means allowing a dog on a leash to sniff and examine the new aquarium while his human is ready to remove him from the situation if he is too excited or overly excited. A dog that is too interested in the fish may hold up its ears, wag its tail, stand in front of the pool or crouch, or stare intensely at the fish. Any dog showing these signs is likely not ready to be around the fish.
3. Excited or curious dogs may tip over or fall into an aquarium.
While dogs are unlikely to intentionally kill or eat the fish in an aquarium, they can unintentionally harm the aquarium and its occupants, as well as possibly themselves. A curious dog exploring the tank without being aware of its surroundings could knock over the tank or climb on it and fall into it. Both of these scenarios will likely kill your fish, injure your dog, and, if nothing else, create a big mess in your house. For this reason, dogs should be supervised near aquariums, and dogs that are overly invested in an aquarium should be kept away from them.
4th The placement of the tank is an important aspect of the dog’s safety.
This means both the safety of the tank from the dog and the safety of the dog in the event of an accident. Tanks should be high enough that dogs cannot easily reach them and far enough away from other furniture so that dogs cannot crawl to the tank from the couch or other table. Aquarium keepers should also ensure that they only place their aquarium on stable, stable pieces of furniture that cannot be knocked over by (or on) dogs. It may also be necessary to place the tank in an area that the dog cannot access to avoid accidents.
5. Dogs should never be left alone with the aquarium.
No matter how cold or well-conditioned a dog is, it is never a good idea to leave him unattended in an aquarium, as even a briefly curious dog can have disastrous consequences. This can mean locking the dog in or locking rooms before leaving the house, or even placing the tank completely away from the dog. Remember that no matter how much you trust your dog, it only takes a minute of uncharacteristic behavior for a previously friendly relationship to change drastically for the worse.
Overall, keeping dogs and fish in the same household is one of the easier things to do in the pet coexistence world.
While owners should be careful that their dog is showing undue interest in the aquarium and should take steps to keep the animals separate when humans are not around, these two pets are unlikely to be lost if they are not in the area close, everyone interacts a lot with each other.
The restraint of an aquarium makes them the most straightforward roommates in the wildlife, and even dogs with a tendency to mischief will most likely like to leave the fish to their own devices.