Adding a furry family member can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking. Below are some tips for adding a new dog or cat to your family!
When doing dog to dog introductions, keep the interaction short and positive. There are some things you can do to ensure that your dog enjoys greeting others Having your dog under control in a calm state sets them up for a calm, stress-free introduction. If your dog is not able to settle, it may be best to walk by the other dog while they adjust. The best rule of thumb is to count to three, then allow your dog to come back to you. Doing this also allows you to read both dogs body language for any signs of stress. Our dogs may not like every dog they meet and we as their ”pet parent” must know this. Doing this will keep your dog safe, happy, and calm during greetings.
There are many things you can do to make adding a feline to the family positive and stress-free. Begin by bringing the new kitty in a carrier and allow them to adjust to the new scents and sights of their new home from within a safe environment. This allows any other kitties to investigate the new member of their family without feeling as if their house is being invaded. You may also consider allowing the new kitty to hang out in a bathroom or mudroom for a few days. Other family members can greet and smell their new sibling. Allowing short and positive interactions can encourage your new kitty to adjust well and become a happy part of your family.