Getting a new pet is an exciting experience for you! However, it can be terrifying for the animal in question. Though life would be much easier if we could properly communicate with our pets, we can’t explain what is happening. Here are 4 tips that can help your new pet adjust to their environment and provide the smoothest transition possible.
1. Take It Slowly
You should limit the animal’s exploration to a single room until they are more comfortable. Though you’ll likely want to bond with your pet immediately, this can be overwhelming for them. Be patient with your animal and allow them to come to you. Give them as much affection as they seem comfortable with, but otherwise, allow them to explore on their own.
Separate any other animals and introduce them slowly, preferably one at a time in a calm environment. There likely is an established hierarchy in your home and the animals will have to figure out how the new arrival will impact it. Don’t leave animals unsupervised together until they have accepted each other.
2. Diet Transition
Quickly changing their diet, along with their environment, can add stress and cause stomach problems. You should find out what food the animal has been eating. If you decide to change the brand of food, you should mix them and slowly increase the proportions of the new food.
3. Safe Space
It is important to keep the environment calm until the animal settles in. You must provide a safe space where they can go when they feel overwhelmed. Many dogs prefer a kennel, because it provides an enclosed den feel. You can also use a bed or other designated area.
Pets, especially dogs, thrive on routine. Establishing a regular routine will help them adjust more quickly to their new home. It will also teach them what to expect on a daily basis, which will help them feel more comfortable.
Ease your pet’s transition into your new home. These tips will help your animals and family adjust to each other. This can be a difficult time for your new pet, so do everything possible to simplify the process.