If you are a new pet owner, is it natural and understandable that you experience some anxiety when considering how to handle and deal with your new pet in the correct way, especially if the pet itself is showing signs of inadaptation, anxiety or bad behavior in general. It is, however, important that you do learn how to react accordingly as soon as possible, as showing your anxiety or acting the wrong way in this case can ruin your relationship with your pet irreparably. General tips that may help Finding the right solution isn’t, however, as easy as performing an online search, as pets aren’t all the same, and they do not feel or behave the same ways. While a cat might misbehave for one reason, a puppy might do it for a totally different reason and another puppy for an entirely different one. This means that there is no straightforward answer for the question of how to deal with a pet, as the answer will likely be different for every pet. There are, however, some ground rules and tips which should help you deal with most pets. Always ensure calmness while dealing with your pet First of all, you should try to be calm and patient at all times. Like it happens with children, ordering pets around and trying to teach them by force is more likely to create anxiety and rebellion than it is to create docile, obedient and friendly pets, particularly during training. So if you are going through a stressful period, it is best to let someone else handle your furry friend for a while or have it trained professionally. Likewise, creating a peaceful environment will encourage your pet to feel safe and loved, so it would be recommendable to avoid heated arguments and violence around the house, if possible. Help the pet get familiar with you Another way to show your pet that you care for them is to acknowledge them. What that means is that you should greet your new friend in the morning when you wake up, as well as when you leave and get back from work, and even before you go to sleep. This not only shows the animal that you feel an emotional connection towards them, but also aids them in learning and recognizing your routines, which in turn helps them adapt to your lifestyle and feeling more at ease. Rewarding your pet Additionally, it is also good to compliment and reward your pet somewhat frequently, for instance when they use their litter box or potty, or after a visit or vet appointment, if they behaved well. This, again, helps in building a meaningful connection between the owner and pet, but also teaches them about acceptable and encouraged behaviors. Dealing with serious issues Finally, if you are indeed dealing with bad behavior from your pet, you should try to understand what is going on before you start trying to remedy the problem, as aggressive or intolerable behavior may be signs that your pet is ill or suffering from a trauma. If you are dealing with a hyper dog, which tends to bark a lot and destroy things, then the solution might be as simple as taking it for walks more often, so that it can shed some energy. However, if you have a dog or cat that bites or claws at things and people or acts aggressively in general, then you should definitely take it to a specialist, such as a vet or trainer, or even talk to the previous owner, breeder or shelter manager, if that is the case, to find out what might be the problem and get adequate advice on how to solve it.