Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

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Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby beckys19 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:36 am

We don't have a beardie yet, one of our boys has wanted one for years and we will be getting the setup for Christmas and go to the Indianapolis reptile show in January to pick up a beardie. (the other is getting a corn snake) We have a beagle mix who just lays around most of the time, barks at anyone outside when she is inside but when meeting people outside (walks/vet/etc) she is curious and will sniff about people/dogs. I don't expect them to hang out together, I just want any ideas on how best to introduce them to each other so they get used to each other's presence/smells. I'm hoping to get them to peacefully coexist so the beardie can eventually hang out in the living room with us. If not, we have a spare bedroom which is the "game room" that we can close the door to keep Molly (our dog) out but let the beardie hang out somewhere besides it's terrarium and my son's bedroom.
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:59 am

My advice is … not worth the risk.

Best to keep the dog and the dragon away from each other.
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby MrSpectrum » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:56 am

beckys19 wrote:I just want any ideas on how best to introduce them to each other so they get used to each other's presence/smells.

They'll get used to each others' smells on their own--both species have excellent sense of smell.

I'm hoping to get them to peacefully coexist so the beardie can eventually hang out in the living room with us.

And here we go again... That can be--and has been--a hot button topic/Con-Sub.

While there have been and are (rare, IMO) exceptions, in general, beardies and other species (including other beardies) getting along is the stuff of Disney movies.

Now I expect a flurry of posts from folks extolling how their cats, dogs, ferrets, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, etc. get along famously with their bearded dragons. Great. Please note all the qualifiers I embedded in the above paragraph. I've already acknowledged it happens. I'm delighted (truly I am) for those fortunate few. Nevertheless, I am concerned that--more often than not--it's a recipe for disaster. This comes in part from a lifetime association with veterinarians who've had to deal with the not-so-idyllic consequences of such encounters.

My own personal experience: We (DW & I) have always had dogs throughout our 40-mumble years together. ALL those dogs have been gentler than average, and wouldn't even snap at flies. During a time when I kept Anoles, one unexpectedly jumped off of my arm. In a flash (and miracle) I got hold of the lizard's tail as the lizard was on its way down the dog's throat, and managed to pull the animal to safety. This wasn't the fault of anyone--it was instinct, and instinct is one of--if not THE--most difficult behaviors to modify/overcome in any species. The Anole survived, but I've never taken such a chance again, and I never will. These things can happen FAST and without warning. It was quick reflexes and Adrenalin that saved that lizard, and my reflexes aren't what they used to be.

Each must choose for themselves (and live with the results), but I advise extreme caution. Actually, I advise against taking the chance, but for those who decide differently, expect & prepare for the worst, and as with investing, "Past Performance is No Guarantee of Future Results".

Think about cats and/or dogs who live together peacefully; 99% of the time they may be the best of buds, then from out of nowhere, you've got a cat/dogfight on your hands. Cats & dogs usually survive such tiffs with minor fur flying. With a BD, there could be a far more serious result. Were I a parent, I think I'd also be concerned about my kids witnessing something like that. Please think carefully--for the sake of the pet/s.

IMO the "game room" with the door closed is a far better/safer alternative.
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby ComicBookMama » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:20 pm

The dog will probably acclimate to the smell of the dragon before the dragon gets accustomed to the dog; you could always leave a cotton rag in the dragon habitat for a while to pick up scent, then let the dog sniff his fill of it. The acclimation time will certainly depend on your dog and his prey drive; my dog (a PomSpitz mix) is in and out of the dragon room all the time, and has only recently - after about three months' ownership - stopped whining and rearing up on her hind legs, trying to get a better look at what's in the tank.

Still, I'd err on the side of caution and only take the dragon out when the dog is elsewhere. Besides the unpredictable nature of interspecies interactions, dogs are most definitely predators in a beardie's lizard brain. It would take only a minute for your beardie to decide to run for it, and when something small runs, most dogs WILL chase. I'm sure that there are plenty of folks out there who have positive stories to tell about how their dog is great with their beardie... but as for me, I love both my dog and dragon dearly, and I just wouldn't want to risk it.

By the by, good for you, doing the Christmas present and the bringing-home-Beardie (and Snakey) separately! You're doubling the enjoyment of the present that way, and also making sure you've got everything set up and working properly before the big homecoming! I wish more folks were as smart as that when it comes to holiday gifting.
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby beckys19 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:22 pm

Thanks for the input, I did try a search "introducing dogs" but most of the answers were for dog food for the bugs :lol:

Getting pets is & should be a family decision, we were all together checking out the adoptable dogs when we got Molly, and the boys should have their choice (within a reasonable price range) of their beardie & snake (or Snek as Evan likes to call it, lol..) Plus with getting just the enclosure, lighting/heating and flooring they can choose what color water/food bowls and what they want as hides. Though I am thinking about making a custom beardie hammock since I sew a lot.... :D
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby MrSpectrum » Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:18 am

Hope he doesn't get up Christmas morning disappointed that he got a snake instead of the snek he wanted. I still have emotional scars from the turd (poopy) I got instead of a puppy... :cry:
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby WandaOliver » Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:44 am

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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby beckys19 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:26 am

It's going well, our beagle pretty much ignores the beardie. :D
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:18 am

Very risky .

Personally , the only time I'd let a dog and pet lizard meet is when the lizard is safely in your hand or on your lap .
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
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EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby beckys19 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:46 pm

We don't let him roam free in the house, he's always being held or being closely supervised on the floor in an area away from where the dog usually hangs out, to prevent accidents (she goes nuts when we have a delivery). A couple times the dog sniffed at Lemon when we were holding him, but she is completely disinterested.
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Re: Ideas for getting a dog & beardie used to each other?

Postby AbigailMcLeans » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:28 pm

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