When it comes to a new pet in the house, everyone is excited. It can be very difficult to gain the trust of an animal. Especially if he was not treated very well before. There is nothing better than knowing that your loved one trusts you, because this will lead to a long, trusting relationship. What do you need to do to show your pet that you are a friend?
Find a suitable place for your pet to settle down. When you bring your new pet home for the first time, place it in a suitable location and let it settle in and get used to the new area. As for reptiles and small animals: put them in a house or cage and let them be alone and explore the space. Cats and dogs should be allowed to run around the house so they can explore unfamiliar terrain. Keep an eye on the animal and notice what it likes and what it doesn't. Remember that you are studying it too.
Let the animal get used to you. Wait a little and let the animal get used to your presence. Walk around the cage calmly and slowly to show that you are not a threat. Spend some time in the same room as your cat or dog. It is better not to pester them at first and leave your tender feelings for later: this will only scare the animal, which is not used to you. Don't be discouraged if your animal is nervous or afraid: you are a new creature for them, and these are normal feelings.
Hand feed the animal if possible. As the saying goes, the way to an animal's heart is through its stomach. Feeding will build trust between you. Show your dog or cat that you are the food provider.
Show affection. Stroke your reptile's head or small animal's body gently and slowly. This will show that you do not want to harm him. Stroke your cat and dog's tummy, or whatever place they allow. Stroking your dog on the head is a bad idea, because it can perceive it as life-threatening action due to the fact that he does not yet know you and your body language, what these or those actions mean.
Try holding your lizard or other caged animal. Fully support their body and sit in a chair, chair, or wherever you feel comfortable. Walking with an animal in your arms is a bad idea: it will make it nervous. Respect the animal's feelings: if it doesn't want you to hold it, don't force it. Let your cat rest next to you, or go for a walk with your dog.
Play with your cat or dog when they are comfortable with you. This will help establish a strong bond.