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Post by Taleofdespereaux on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 9:59 pm

I just got a new mouse (I’m a first time owner) and I love him already. However, my dog does not. She has been freaking out all afternoon! Is there any way I can introduce them I’d make desperaux smell less (male mouse, very stinky) so that my dog can’t smell him. Or will my dog just calm down with time. Does anyone have any experience keeping both dogs and mice?

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Post by Nijimi にじみ on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 10:16 pm

I had my boyfriend watch my (4) mice while I was out of country for more than a month. He should get used to your new mouse, like dogs do to people. But if it is because of the smell, maybe go for a different type of bedding?

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Post by CallaLily on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 10:37 am

Oops, I answered in the other thread. Didn’t realize it was a double post. Here’s my answer:

I do not recommend introducing your mouse to your dog. It would probably end in disaster (dead or injured mouse). Your dog will most likely chill out with time. Move your mouse to a higher location or a room you can close the door to, if the dog seems to be stressing the mouse or if the dog is actively trying to get into the enclosure.

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Post by Blessed on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 5:51 pm

Taleofdespereaux, both dogs and mice lived in our house (I no longer have mice, unless an African Soft Furred rat counts). If you haven't seen your dog interact/come across a small and furry thing before, or are uncomfortable/don't trust letting her meet him, then definitely take CallaLily's advice and DON'T let her meet him... (it wouldn't be the worth the risk).
We've had our four dogs for YEARS, and know how they are with little critters. Our oldest dog I've never let too close/sniff my mice, as she's already showed she might be willing to kill rodents or birds (either way, I'm not risking that)! Our biggest dog is a gentle giant with all animals (well, my chickens excite her, but she is a retriever). She is very good with my mice. One of our littlest dogs, Lily, is OBSESSED with new rodents and will sit in front of their cages if she can--nearly all day for several days--and will whine and whimper 'cause she wants to be their friend (she's really good with the rodents), and her sister is fine with them, too, but would rather stay away from them (I think she's actually a little intimidated by them). Laughing But again, we know our dogs and already know how they are with most animals...at least three of them are gentle and aren't out to kill other animals, but would rather make friends with them, or just ignore them in general. The big one grew up around children somewhat and little animals and all that.
If you don't know how your dog is with little critters, then I wouldn't suggest risking it, unless you truly believe she'd be gentle, as maybe that's all she wants is to meet him and be his friend, but even then, take extreme caution. So, this decision is really only for you to discern, because none of us know your dog, obviously. Smile
But can they live in the same house even if you're thinking your dog may not be too friendly with him if she had the chance (which I hope wouldn't happen)? Most definitely. It shouldn't be a problem seeing as the mouse lives in a cage, and whenever you want to get him out to play, then keep your dog out of that room, obviously.

If you have any other questions or want to share pictures, don't feel shy to ask or make new threads! Very Happy

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