Now that you’ve adopted a new fluffy playmate into your family, you’ll want to make sure you get him or her off to a healthy and happy start in their new home. Although dogs normally require more of an adjustment time than cats, with the proper care and dedication you can have one of the most well-mannered pets around.

Help Familiarize Your New Pet

Your fuzzy friend has just scampered through the doorway of his new home for the first time. To get things off on the right start, it’s important to take your pet around the house on a leash to show him where things are located, such as his food and water bowls, pet bed, and toys. It may also be a good idea to take them around the yard so that he can familiarize himself with his new outdoor surroundings.

Your new pet may hide or keep to one area of the home at first, but that’s normal. The more comfortable they become with you and their new surroundings, the more sociable and outgoing they will become.

House Train Your Pet

When dealing with house training, consistency is key. A new puppy may be unable to control his bladder for more than a few hours at a time, so it helps to establish a routine. Take your new puppy outside every couple hours after eating or drinking, naps or playtime. Praising and rewarding your puppy with a treat immediately after they’re done can help reinforce good behavior.