Bringing a new pet into your home can be exciting and scary at the same time. While it’s always fun to expand your family with a loving pet, being unsure of how the animal will adjust to being with other pets, other family members or in a new setting can be nerve wracking. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ease the transition and make the adjustment easier on your new friend. Read on to learn some helpful dos and don’ts for bringing a new pet into your home.

Do plan ahead and arrange to make the transition on a weekend or other time when you can be home with the pet for at least a couple of days. You need a chunk a time to bond with your new pet and to help them transition into their new environment, so plan accordingly.

Don’t shirk the responsibility and pass this important responsibility to another family member or assume that the pet will be better off alone. Animals need guidance and attention as they make the adjustment and it’s important to be there to help them learn what is and is not acceptable in their new surroundings.

Do confine them to a small part of your house at first. Transitioning to a new environment is difficult enough, so get them used to your home slowly. It’s a good idea to keep their food, water and bed nearby so they have everything they need in one convenient location. You can use pet gates to section off parts of your house.

Don’t leave them unsupervised. New pets don’t know your house rules and they can get into a lot of trouble in very little time. Make things easy on both of you by keeping them in one area.

Do introduce them to a dog crate early on if you plan on crate training. If you get your dog as a puppy, consider looking into adjustable dog crates that can grow with your animal as he gets older. This will save money and make the transition process easier on your pup. Don’t try to force them into the crate. Introduce them to the idea, but don’t be surprised if they are reluctant to enter it at first. Take your time and be patient.

Do make changes to your home to make it more safe for your pet. Keep cleaning supplies locked up and provide dog stairs if your pet is too small or too old to safely make it onto furniture or your bed.

Don’t leave anything out that your pet can get ahold of that’s poisonous or a choking hazard. Treat your new pet like a small child and assume they will get into everything. It’s better safe than sorry.

These tips will help you successfully introduce a new pet into your home with the minimal amount of stress for both of you. Take advantage of these tips and help your new friend enjoy his new home and his new family.