Introductions (to other animals, I mean)
So, while Linus is specifically MY pet (as in my sole responsibility), my family owns a number of other animals as well -- 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 very noisy parakeets to be exact.
Now, we know for certain that one of these dogs is incapable of ever being introduced to Linus. She's a Siberian Husky and has a really strong hunting instinct. We're not even capable of allowing her around our cats without us being right there -- and I do mean RIGHT there. We can't even be on the opposite side of the room, so she's out.
However, I have the two cats (both declawed) and the two other dogs (one a shih tzu named Gizmo and the other a german shepherd/lab mix named Charlie Brown) and they all co-exist quite peacefully.
My thing is -- how do I even do this?
I've read things about rabbits having heart attacks from perceived threats. What if I try to introduce Charlie Brown to Linus (pause for adorable factor), and Charlie barks at something he's clearly not familiar with, and Linus has a heart attack?
I'm never planning on leaving any of the animals together unsupervised, but I would like to be able to sometimes let Linus roam the house without worrying about the other pets.