Similar to introducing your dog to a new cat, interacting with smaller pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, or rabbits needs to be heavily supervised from the beginning. Some dogs are not capable of overcoming their prey drive and may always need supervision around these types of animals because their natural instinct may be to hunt them. 

If in doubt, keep your new dog as distracted as possible with treats and chew toys and always reward him/her for staying calm. Initial introductions should involve having your dog on a leash.

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