Welcoming new pets into your life for the first time is an exciting experience, but it does take a lot of adjustment. The first few weeks with a new pet constitute the “getting to know” stage. You learn about your pet’s antics, behaviors, and even temperament within this period. So it’s observation is essential during this transitional phase to avoid any major problems new pet owners may face. 

Having a new pet at home can be challenging and messy. But trust that you can overcome with proper preparation. Once you know the basics, you’re on your way to being the best pet parent. One way of setting yourself up for success is learning from other people’s common mistakes. Anticipating the problems that may lie ahead will help you plan your next course of action. 

Here’s a rundown of common problems new pet owners encounter. Read them carefully take notes if you want your pet to enjoy a smooth transition into cohabitation. 

4 problems new pet owners may have, and how to solve them

1. Not giving enough time for adjustment

Wherever your new pet may have come from, one thing is for sure: rehoming is a process

Building a relationship with your pet may take time. Don’t rush it; otherwise, you’ll risk losing your pet’s trust and respect in the long run. 

As a new pet owner, it can be exciting to look forward to life with a new companion. You might think of rushing to the pet store and splurging on treats and other luxuries. While it’s not all that bad, the best thing to do during the first month is to wait for your pet to adjust to his new home. 

2. Setting unrealistic expectations

When welcoming a new pet into your home, many factors may come into play. Some may exhibit signs of separation anxiety, some may find it challenging to deal with routine changes, and some may even have temper problems or aggression. 

Whatever it is on your plate, your job as a new pet owner is to accept the situation as it is. Having overly high expectations for your pet will only set you up for disappointment, and trust me, your pet will sense your frustration. 

Setting unrealistic expectations for your new pet is something you must avoid. Know that every pet has different personalities and may deal with transition differently. 


Having a new pet requires patience, acceptance, and a lot of love. If you want your pet to behave a certain way, your best bet is to wait for him to be ready and acclimated. Avoid punishment and gradually introduce your pet to others and the rules of the house. If problems persist after some time, hiring a professional behaviorist is a viable option. 

Shy dog hiding under bed.
Prepare for your new pet and don’t set high expectations. Every pet will need their time to adjust to a new environment.

3. Failing to prepare a pet-friendly space in advance

Your pet’s comfort should never be an afterthought. Make sure that your home is a pleasant place for pets to live. Set up spaces to eat, sleep, and play, even before bringing them home. This will not only give you peace of mind, but it will also help your pet as he adjusts to his new surroundings. 

4. Not having the right food

Having the right food for your pet is non-negotiable. Some new pet owners tend to stock up on pet food without even finding out whether it is suitable for them, and that’s a real waste. 

Pet food on the top shelf does not mean it’s the best food for your new pet. Consult with your vet before making food choices.


Know what foods work best for your pet and the right portions. A quick trip to the vet can help you determine if there are allergies you should be aware of or if there are particular foods your pet ought to avoid. 

What can you do during the transition phase?

Adjusting to the first few days, weeks, and months as a new pet owner can be tiresome, frustrating, and even stressful. But whatever the challenges may be, know that difficulties aren’t there to stay. To minimize any issues during the transition phase, these are some simple steps you can take:

  • Give your pet time to adjust
  • Stick to a routine
  • Bond with your pet consistently
  • Gradually train your pet to get used to household rules
  • Seek professional advice from your veterinarian or a trainer

Don’t be discouraged if you make some mistakes along the way. As long as you give your pet unconditional love and attention, you’ll be able to build a happy life together.