I’m Not Kidding - This is My Best Friend!

I'm Not Kidding - This is My Best Friend

George seems to be winking over his joke. Yes, Theodore the Hamster is his best buddy, says owner Sherry Lam, who shared this adorable photo with the AKC Canine Partners News.

Many dogs are friendly with cats and other small animals, but always proceed with caution when introducing your dog or puppy to a cat, rabbit, hamster or other small pet.

Keep them separated and in a protected space and let them observe each other from a distance for awhile.
Reward good behavior by your dog (being relaxed, not stalking, staring, growling or lunging).
If that stage is going well, leash your dog and take them in for a closer look. Again, reward good behavior around the other pet. Remove the dog immediately if they show any aggressive behavior.
Never leave a dog unsupervised with a smaller pet.

Hopefully, they will end up being best friends like George and Theodore!

George is an All-American Dog and a member of the AKC Canine Partners program for all dogs, including mixed-breeds and rescues.

For information on joining the AKC Canine Partners community:

 http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/canine-partners/enroll/