Pet Training and Care

Adopting a dog, cat, or small companion animal is an exciting time. It can also be a difficult one. There is so much to learn about caring for and training your new pet and helping your pet adjust to his or her new home.

At the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, we strive to adopt pets to “forever” homes. In an effort to ensure that each adopter is fully prepared, we provide as much information and guidance as possible to ensure a comfortable transition.

This page is designed to provide the basics of pet adoption, training and care. Inside, you will find topics including:


Shopping List for Your New Dog
Jumping Dogs
Crate Training Dogs
Housetraining Puppies
Destructive Dogs
Chewing Puppies
Dog Toys
Positive Reinforcement


Shopping List for Your New Cat
Kitten-Proof Your Home
Kittens’ Rough Play
Preventing Litterbox Problems
Solving Litterbox Problems

All or Other:

Pet Care When You Are Away
Shopping List for Your New Rabbit
Shopping List for Your New Ferret
Shopping List for Your New Guinea Pig
Introducing Dogs & Cats
Introducing Cats to Other Pets
Summer Heat Safety
Foods Potentially Poisonous to Pets
Common Household Dangers
Common Poisonous Plants
Household Hazards

Many of the resources found here are courtesy of the Denver Dumb Friends League.

Of course, when in doubt, feel free to contact the Behavior Helpline, or consult a Veterinarian or a Professional Dog Trainer.