5 Things to Know Before Bringing Pet Fish into A Home with Dogs

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It may be both a thrilling and difficult experience to bring a new pet into your house, particularly if you already have other pets. Before making the commitment, there are a few key considerations to make if you're thinking about adding a fish tank to your house and you have dogs. 

Although fish and dogs get along just fine, it takes some thought and planning to bring a pet fish into a house with dogs.

In this post, we'll go over five important things to know before bringing pet fish into a household with dogs, such as how to introduce your pets, possible hazards to be cautious of, and how to make sure that all of your furry and finned companions are safe.


1. Dogs May Become Unconcerned with the Tank After the First Few Days

With their intelligence and curiosity, dogs may be innately drawn to a brand-new fish tank. Dogs could find the fish's movement, the sound of the water, or the tank's illumination fascinating. To prevent any mishaps, you must teach your dog to stay away from the fish tank. You can accomplish this by using positive reinforcement and rewarding your dog when they ignore the tank. 

To prevent your dog from approaching the tank too closely, you can also teach them commands like "leave it" or "stay away." Keep the fish tank out of your dog's reach if they continue to show excessive interest in it. 

With all these, your dog may, however, get bored with the fish tank after a few days, especially if they learn it is not a place to eat or play.

2. In a Carefully Supervised Environment, Introduce Your Dog to the Fish

Your dog must meet the fish in a supervised environment. This procedure will teach your dog that the fish are not prey, which can also help discourage any violent behavior. First, while praising excellent behavior, let your dog view the fish from a distance. You may progressively get closer to the tank over time after your dog is comfortable being in the same room as the fish. 

 Keep in mind that this procedure may take some time and require patience. Some dogs may never feel comfortable with fish, while others may progressively lose interest in them. If you have an energetic dog or one that is motivated by prey, take extra precautions to safeguard the fish. 

3. Dogs Pose a Risk of Harming the Tank and Its Occupants

Both the fish and the tank itself may be at risk from dogs. They could unintentionally tip the tank over, letting the water stream out and perhaps hurting or killing the fish. Dogs may also attempt to drink from the tank, which might contaminate the water with dangerous chemicals or germs. 

Dogs may also attempt to play with the fish, which can stress them out and potentially cause illness or death. Keep the tank in a safe area and keep an eye on your dog anytime they are near it to reduce these hazards. 

You may use coverings or barriers to keep your dog away from the tank, or you can place the tank high up on a shelf where it is out of the dog's reach. You shouldn't let your dog get too close to the fish or drink water from the tank.

4. Know The Ideal Place to Place The Tank For Dog Safety

Think about the security of your dog while determining where to put the fish tank. The tank shouldn't be put in a spot where your dog may easily tip it over or leap on top of it. 

You should also avoid positioning the tank in a location where your dog may readily get to drink from it or interact with the fish. The tank could be best placed in a room that your dog cannot enter, such as a bedroom or office with a door that closes. 

As an alternative, you may put the tank up high on a stand or shelf out of your dog's reach. You might need to take extra security precautions to secure the tank if your dog is very energetic or curious, such as setting up a sturdy stand or attaching the tank to a wall.


5. Proper Supervision, Never Leave Your Dog Alone with a Fish Tank

While your dog is close to the fish tank, you must always keep an eye on them. This may result in the fish getting hurt or dying, the tank becoming damaged, and your dog perhaps getting hurt. 

To ensure proper supervision, you can use covers or physical barriers to keep your dog away from the aquarium. Set out a specific time for your dog to be around the tank and have proper monitoring during such time. 

Pay attention to the safety of the fish and the tank, despite the potential of your dog to drink from the tank or eat fish food and other tank supplies, which may be hazardous to the dog's health

If you give your dog proper supervision, you can prevent him from engaging in harmful activities. The bottom line is always to keep things under close supervision.


In a home with dogs, keeping a pet fish may be advantageous to both the pet and the owner. To ensure the security of both the fish and the dogs, it is vital to implement the appropriate safety measures. You may establish a pleasant atmosphere where your dogs can live together quietly by knowing these 5 things before bringing your pet friend into the home if you already have a dog:

  • Within the first several days, dogs can stop caring about the tank.
  • Introduce your dog to the fish in a well-monitored setting.
  • There is a chance that dogs will hurt the tank and its inhabitants.
  • Determine the best location to put the tank to keep dogs safe.
  • Never, under any circumstances, let your dog alone with a fish tank.

Remember that welcoming a new pet into your family is a process that calls for tolerance, consideration, and dedication. You can contribute to creating a secure and contented environment for all of your pets by taking the time to properly introduce your dog to your fish and by adhering to these recommendations.

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