A dog or cat might feel timid and unsure in a new home, so make sure you have some things on hand to reassure him. Bonding with your new pet is a key step in inducting him into the family, and a few strategies can help. By following these guidelines and steps you can make your new family member feel loved and understood in no time at all.
1. Set Up a Habitat
One of the most comforting things you can do for a new pet is to set him up with a space of his own. A pet habitat can be as simple as a small dog bed in a corner of a room. Or, if your pet came with a crate he is happy in, make sure he has full access to this.
2. Place Reaffirming Smells Around the House
If you received the pet from a kennel or store, even a foster home, see if the animal was housed with any items you can take with you–a blanket, some toys, or a bed. Place these items where your pet can see and use them. The smells will have a calming effect on the animal.
3. Keep to the Family
For the first few days after your bring your new addition home, try not to invite anyone outside the family into the home. You want your pet to get to know the immediate members of the househld and bond with them. Outside strangers to the animal could be too much to keep staight.
4. Be Reliable
Set up routines for your animal. Feedings and walks should occur regularly and at the same times, so you as a human become someone the pet knows he can rely on. And make sure you have a trusted pet clinic, like Central Animal Emergency Clinic, in case anything serious arises. If you need an emergency vet, Coquitlam has plenty of professionals on hand.
5. Use Your Pet’s Name
You want your pet to connect to his name, so start using it right away, in a calm and pleasant voice. Try not to shout the name in these initial bonding days. Likewise, if your pet came with a name you intend to keep, calling him by the name in a peaceful tone can help him respond to you more quickly.
6. Engage in Petting
Petting is a fast way to get your pet to bond with you, as the touch sense is very powerful. But never force petting on the animal. Make sure it is a reciprocal situation.
These techniques can help make your pet more comfortable in your home. And the more comfortable he is, the more likely he is the open up to his new family. Changes like these are a lot to handle for anyone, that is no different for an animal or pet. Be sure to make them a main priory, especially during this transition stage. But with these tips and ideas at your finger tips, you will have your little guy adjusted and feeling good in no time at all.
Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.