If you need to introduce your cat, goat, dog, guinea pig, horse or bird to something novel, especially something that is going to be in the animal’s life for a while, remember that forced novelty is frightening. According to Shelly Levin of Animal Behavior College, “Positive reinforcement is invaluable when training any animal and is especially effective when dealing with a fearful pet. It means giving an animal a high-value reward when they do something they are asked or perform a correct behavior.”
Give your pet the time and space it needs to explore a new encounter, reward it for it’s efforts to engage the object, animal or person and you will likely have a happy and non-traumatic encounter.
By Sarah Zumhofe