Here are some tips on how to introduce your newly adopted Pet Rock into your life and your home and make it as easy as possible on everyone.
Although the team here at Rock Rescue do our very best to asses and gather as much behavioral information as we can on every rock we rescue there are some instances where personality traits or quirks won’t appear till a few weeks or even months after the adoption. During this time, you will discover many things about your new pet rock – what he likes and dislikes, what makes him happy and what he fears. You will also learn just how well your pet rock has been socialized and what his level of training is. Just be patient and enjoy this exiting time with your new friend.
The following information may help you through the first few weeks of your new pet rock’s arrival.
Taking some time to prepare for your rock’s arrival will aid to make the transition from our shelter to its new home as easy as possible. Here are a few things that you’ll want to figure out before your new friend arrives…
The day your Pet Rock arrives…
· You might want to take a couple days or even a week off work when your pet rock arrives. This will help with the settling in as well as giving you a chance to supervise your stone as while it learns about its new home.
Ideally, the mailman will bring your pet rock right to your front door. However, it is possible that your new friend may find itself waiting for you to pick it up at a courier’s warehouse. If that’s the case, try to go pick it up as soon as possible to minimize stress on the poor thing.
Also, think about how to transport your new pet rock home – you might want to consider bringing someone else along to drive the car while you comfort your rock. There’s no real need to put your rock in a harness or a crate to keep it safe. You can simply hold it in your hands to restrain it a bit so it can settle down. If you do end up being on your own, you may want to place your pet rock in one of the cupholders. Avoid the urge to put your pet rock on the dash as if an accident were to occur… your new friend may end up hurting you. Put some music on and enjoy the first drive.
· You may want to wait until your rock has settled in before inviting strangers over for a visit, maybe wait a day or two. Also, use caution when introducing your rock to children, kids can be very grabby and you don’t want your rock to get overwhelmed. The greeting should be calm as possible and without too much excitement. (we know, that’s going to be a challenge!)
Tips for those first few days…
If you can’t supervise your new pet rock, you might want to consider limiting his access to one room or area. This will help in managing your new family member and help avoid accidents.
Leaving your rock by itself for short periods of time in the first few days will also help with separation anxiety. Try leaving your rock alone when you go to get the mail or while taking the trash outside. Gradually increase the alone time.
House training accidents can and will happen. Even though your pet rock may have been house trained before. It’s a new environment and your rock may be a bit confused as to where to relieve itself. Be prepared and expect a few “accidents”.
Don’t leave your new rescued rock alone with your existing pets. You will need to monitor their interactions for a while before you can safely leave them home alone together.
Not knowing what your rock’s previous training level and experiences were might bring a few challenges. Try to be patient and forgiving if things don’t go quite the way you would have expected. Your rescued rock may not be properly socialised and certain things might scare it. It’s also possible that your rock may not have been taught something, or that the commands he has learnt may be different to the ones you’re trying to use. Remember to be patient here.
Remember… Routine, Routine, Routine! Establish a routine from the start and set up your schedule for feeding, cleaning, play time, training, toileting, walks etc. from the very first day. Rocks don’t really care when they are given structure but it will sure help you a lot! Its best is to start training with your pet rock right from the start – training is a fun way to bond and establish a line of communication but it isn’t necessary for it to be reward-based. Your rock wont mind one bit.
Your pet rock’s true personality may not show itself from day one and might only appear later. Make sure you follow the schedule you established so that your rock knows what you expect from him and what he can come to expect from you.
If you’ve adopted your pet rock from RockRescue.org… there is no need to worry, your new pet will have all the necessary vaccinations and they are good for 10 years.
If you come across any behavioural issues you are not familiar with, seek help from a professional rock trainer, behaviourist or just contact our team and we’ll gladly help out.
Although the first few days and weeks might be a little stressful for you and your new pet rock, remember to enjoy this wonderful time! Get to know each other, have fun together, bond!