When introducing your new pet to your home, it is important to consider both the feelings of the new pet and those of existing pets and family members. How quickly a new dog or cat will adjust is dependent on his personality and age. The goal is to make sure all family members, including your new four-legged friend, feel at home and at peace. Here are some tips for making the introduction and transition period as smooth as possible.
Allow your new pet to familiarize himself with the home
By temporarily placing other pets in a room away from the new pet, you can give the new pet a chance to explore without interruption. He is likely to feel more comfortable with his new surroundings if there isn’t the usual hustle and bustle of your busy home.
Introduce existing pets and children in a controlled manner
Once your new pet has a chance to familiarize himself with his surroundings, bring out the other pets on a leash to let them introduce themselves. Children should also be introduced in a calm manner, avoiding any overexcitement that could scare your new friend.
Don’t push them to adapt
Some pets are more intimidated than others in new situations, especially if they have been adopted at an older age. You should not force your new pet to adapt because it can lead to a negative experience. Let him become comfortable at his own pace.
Don’t forget to reinforce positive behavior
Every time your new pet interacts with your old pet or children, reward him. Don’t forget to reward your old pet for the interaction as well. The more positive reinforcement they receive when they interact, the more likely they will get along.
Keep a close eye on your pets until they are acclimated
This is especially important when introducing a dog or cat to caged animals, such as birds and guinea pigs. While they will most likely get along, you should do your best to keep the cage where the new pet cannot get to it. They should only be introduced under strict, controlled supervision to avoid any incidents.
Don’t forget about your other pets
If you have other pets, remember they are making an adjustment as well. While they may not be in a new place, they are meeting a new member of the family and may be confused. As with new pets, do not force your older pets to adapt immediately. After all, good things take time.