Animal lovers will agree that one pet is never enough – most pet parents are constantly looking for new additions to their families.
With other pets at home, fish tanks can be a fantastic yet manageable choice for your living space. They add a splash of color to a regular room, and watching the fish swim around can be incredibly calming.
If you’re considering keeping both dogs and fish – and wondering about any potential danger the fish could be from the dog, we’re here to reassure you. It’s absolutely safe to keep both at home, provided you follow these top tips for keeping dogs away from fish tanks.
Keep the Tank Clean
The smallest of things can overstimulate dogs. Every new smell can excite your little one, including the smells from your fish tank.
To prevent your dog from getting into your fish tank, keep it clean at all times so the smells aren’t as tempting. You can do this by getting a proper water purifier system or plants that keep the tank clean. Something like a lucky bamboo works great for this purpose and looks attractive in your tank too!
Cover the Fish Tank
Whether you opt for the humble fish bowl or a fancy 100-gallon tank, it’s essential that your aquarium has a cover, especially if you’re trying to keep dogs and fish separate.
The cover doesn’t necessarily have to be a solid lid but could come in the form of little brick roofs or something equally aesthetically pleasing – as long as it keeps prying snouts away.
Keep Fish in a Separate Room
Provided you have the luxury, and the space, it makes sense to keep an aquarium in a room where your little puppy isn’t allowed to go. This solution helps when your pet is not trained enough to keep away from the tank – and when it is not under your supervision.
It’s a simple yet effective solution. All you need to remember is to keep the door shut when you’re not at home, and your fish can swim safely.
Mount Your Fish Tank on a Shelf
Apart from adding a bit of extra charm to your living room, keeping a fish tank on a high shelf is the perfect way to keep your dog away. Provided your fish tank is the right size and it isn’t too inconvenient to clean or feed your fish, this is the ideal solution to separating your little one from your fish.
It can also prevent your dog from accidentally knocking the fish tank over.
Plus, it offers your dog an excellent vantage point from where they can watch the fish swim around. This is as relaxing for your dog as it is for you.
Introduce the Dogs and Fish
Training your dog to meet your new fish pets is not as complicated as you’d think. Just like when introducing them to new humans, keep your dog on a leash and let them get close to the fish, and get used to the new pets.
If your dog tends to get too excited, take them out, and bring them back in after a few minutes. Once your dog has smelt its surroundings and been introduced to the new sights, the fish shouldn’t bother them.
Train Your Dog Well
While training a dog to respond to basic commands like “sit” and “heel” are on every pet-parents list, we recommend a few other commands when you also have a fish tank.
“Go to your place” is a great trick to teach a dog, as it helps your puppies stay out of trouble in many situations. “Come” is another good one.
Distract Your Puppy
Apart from watching them swimming around a tank, dogs aren’t too bothered by the presence of fish. This is especially true when they have other distractions to keep them busy.
When you catch your dog staring at the fish tank with intent, distract them with their favorite toy, or with a treat. This can slowly train them not to pay much attention to the tank and divert their energy to other places.