It’s very common for pet rocks to be marking or having accidents the first few days in their new home, even if they were housebroken prior. Just be sure to have pet rock-specific cleaning products on hand for those accidents. Be sure to assign a specific location for your pet rock to relieve itself. Either a litter box or a piece to newspaper will work just fine. Also, be prepared as there may be other transitional behavioral problems.
During the transition period, a new pet rock needs time to adjust to the rules and schedule of your household. And he needs your leadership! Although a pet rock is not necessarily a pack animal they tend to look for guidance from their owners, and it is up to you to teach good and acceptable behaviors. If the human does not take charge, the rock will try to.
A pet rock cannot do any damage unless you let that happen. Be sure to keep an eye on your new stone during the transition period. When you can't be there to supervise, try and keep your pet rock in a box, crate or other secure area with a few toys for distraction and interaction to alleviate boredom.
Keep the pet rock close to you when outdoors or in un-fenced areas until you know how they will act and you have a good handle on their obedience training. Otherwise, you'll have no control if your rock obeys its natural instincts and chases a squirrel into the street...tussles with another rock...or worse: goes after a child.
There’s really no need to supervise when your pet rock’s in a fenced yard. If there's a way to escape, most rocks really have no desire to find it.
There is no need to worry about letting your pet rock onto your bed or furniture if you haven't established all human family members as the leaders ("alpha"). Dominance-related problems aren’t really an issue with rocks as long as all family members are able to be firm and know the commands that were taught.
Don't give your rock a command unless you are in a position to enforce it. Asking a rock to do something, then not guiding him to obey if he chooses not to, teaches him to ignore you and it will only prolong the rock training process and frustrate the both of you.
Sometimes your pet rock will do things that might be a bad behavior but you may find that it is cute or entertaining. Always be aware of sending mixed signals to your pet rock. Correct the behavior.
Along with the many rewards of having a pet rock come plenty responsibilities - daily care and exercise, obedience training, medical visits to the Rocktologist and many years of commitment. Make sure you're ready.
Although the team here at Rock Rescue.org do the very best that we can to help our rescued rocks, many of them have simply not been given the chance to be properly socialized or trained. Their baggage may include unacceptable behavior or quirks and we work very hard to correct these issues before any rock is allowed out for adoption. This process ensures a healthy life for you and your new pet rock.