Introduction and socialization tips
All pets will experience some degree of stress when introduced to new surroundings. Make sure your new pet has everything they need before they arrive, including their own bed, food dishes, toys, etc. You may also want to pick up a few other things to help facilitate introductions, like a tall pet gate or some pheromone diffusers for cats. Never reprimand or punish your pets for growling, hissing, or trying to fight with each other during the introduction phase. This can be perfectly normal and needs 100% supervision.
Tips to consider when introducing a new pet to your household to make the transition easy.
NEW PET & FAMILY
- Introduce the newbie slowly especially to children to reduce anxiety and stress.
- Give plenty of space and time to get used to each other’s scent before meeting face-to-face.
- Keep noise to the minimum and provide ample time to adapt to the new home.
DOG & DOG
- Introduce slowly.
- Never leave them unsupervised.
- Watch for signs of aggression.
- Keep it short and sweet.
- Use plenty of rewards and treats to build positive reinforcements.
CAT & CAT
- Put them in separate rooms within earshot.
- Provide a calm environment and limit noises.
- Use a slow approach and introduce each other in the same room under supervision using a cat pen or pet gate.
DOG & CAT
- Take the dog for a long walk beforehand.
- Use a leash and muzzle on the dog during the first meeting.
- Let the cat set the pace for interaction.
- Make sure there is an escape route for the existing pets so that they can leave the room if they want to.
Crate training is beneficial to build confidence and resilience. A crate creates a safe space for your puppy and aids potty training. As a rule, puppies under 4 months old should be taken out every 1-2 hours, and puppies over 4 months out every 2-4 hours. It should never be used as a punishment.