Make your new pet comfortable when he arrives.
When your new best friend finally comes home for the first time, he might be a little nervous. As exciting as it is to finally have a family and be away from a shelter environment, your home is still somewhere your pet has never been before, and it might take him a little while to settle in.
If you've just adopted a cat, sometimes it helps to keep your new cat in one room at first, then slowly introduce him to the rest of the house. Letting him get used to one room at a time can help him to feel a little less overwhelmed amidst all the change. If you've just adopted a dog, getting him a crate that he can sleep in and use as a safe space is a great way to help him get adjusted, and to keep him from getting into things he's not supposed to while he's still learning the house rules.
"Put a cozy bed for your pet in every room," Teixeira said. "Pets are much more likely to keep off of furniture if they have attractive alternatives. For cats, provide a variety of scratching posts and perches. For dogs, teach them what is okay for them to chew. If dogs have attractive toys and bones of their own, they'll be much less likely to gnaw on your things!"
If you're stressed about your new pet settling in, he will be able to sense it. Animals are very intuitive like that. Just relax, and soon enough, your new friend will start to relax, too.
"Once you show him where the water and food is, just trust him and act normal," Asher said. "You want to just do your thing so that your pet gets right with the program. Chill, relax and have awesome energy. Animals will feel the energy and eventually match it. You chose that pet for a reason and that pet chose you, so everything will work out if you let it be and don't force it."