Bringing home a new pet is an exciting time for any family. However, it is important to consider not only the needs of the people living in the home but the pets as well. Whether it be an adorable new kitten, a frisky puppy, or even a baby kangaroo, everyone surely needs some tips for introducing a new pet into your family dynamic.
1- Create a Separate Area Specifically for the New Pet
Keep in mind that your new pet is going to need some time to get used to his or her new environment. A separate area away from everything else will allow the new pet some time to slowly become accustomed to his or her brand-new surroundings. The pet will have a comfortable place to retreat to when she or she feels a bit overwhelmed.
2- Introduce the New Pet Gradually
This is true, especially for new pets that live in cages. Don’t force the pet to constantly be exposed to the rest of the family. Place the cage in a quiet room for the first few weeks, and have certain times in which the rest of the family can spend time with the new animal.
3- Have a Routine for Your New Pet
Even pets need structure and routine! One of the best ways to introduce a new pet into the family dynamic is to create a routine and stick to it. Schedule feeding times at the same time every day. Does your pet like to go play outside in the yard? Do it at the same time each day. The same thing applies to time spent out of the cage, the time when children are allowed to interact with the pets, walking time, and bath time.
4- Consider the Pet’s Feelings
It’s easy to forget that pets have feelings too. Animals also have a personality, so get to know what is. If your pet does not like loud noises or rough play it is important to adjust accordingly. Your pet will better connect with you and all other family members living in the house if you consider his or her needs, wants, and desires.
5- Use Positive Reinforcement
You’ll more than likely have to teach your new pet a few things when it comes to introducing them to the family dynamic. When doing so, be sure to use positive reinforcement to get them to adapt to the rules of the house. Nothing will intimidate a pet more than unnecessary discipline, so be calm and patient as your new pet learns all of the do’s and don’ts of your household.
6- Make Sure All of Their Needs are Met
It is important to know exactly what your pet needs and requires before you even bring him or her home. A new pet will feel extremely uncomfortable if his or her needs are not met, so be sure to plan accordingly. The family dynamic will run smoothly if the new pet can make an easy transition into your home. By understanding and meeting your pet’s needs from the start, you can create a loving and harmonious environment for both your family and your furry friend.