You’ve got the toys and supplies and you and your pet are getting settled into your new life together – but now what?


Your first few days and weeks together will be full of learning and exploring. The quicker your pet can learn the rules of your home and form a routine the better. Here are some tips to help you ease your pet’s transition into their new forever home:

  1. Be strategic if you have another furry friend at home that requires introducing. Keep your pets separated at first and let them get acquainted with the new smells first.
  2. Establish a feeding schedule early on. If you work 9-5 on weekdays, try to keep feedings to the same schedule on weekends and days off. Not only will a feeding routine help keep your dog or cat healthy – it will also be easier for you to predict necessary bathroom breaks.
  3. With a new dog or puppy it is important to try to keep bathroom breaks consistent. If you always go out at 9 p.m. before bed your dog will begin to anticipate this time. Typically, you should let your dog out after meals, first thing in the morning and once before bed.
  4. Every cat is different – but across the board it can be agreed that proper litterbox maintenance is at the top of their wish list. A cat’s sense of smell is much stronger than a human’s – so if you can smell it, imagine how they feel. Make sure you scoop at least once a day!
  5. If you want your pet to understand the rules, it’s important that you follow them too. If you’re adamant that your pet won’t be allowed in your bed – you need to stick to it from the beginning. If treats are only to be given in a specific room, well, that’s on you too.
  6. Now that you’re home – take some time to visit to make sure your pet’s microchip information is accurate.


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