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Pets are amazing additions to any family, and provide love and companionship to their owners. However cute and fun your new animal is, pet ownership is a large responsibility. Consider these important tips before you run to the pet store. Taking time to understand the needs of your pet will ensure a successful and happy adoption process.
Find the Right Breed
One mistake that new pet owners often make is not considering the energy level of the pet they choose. Some dog breeds are very high-energy, so owners may not be able to keep up with their exercise requirements. Active dog breeds also need a large yard space where they can run around. On the other hand, low-energy and older dogs won’t be able to keep up with active people who want their dogs to accompany them on hikes or runs.
When it comes time to pick out your new friend, consider adopting from an animal shelter instead of a pet store. According to the Helping Hands Humane Society, over 8 million pets are euthanized every year because there simply aren’t enough homes for them. At the same time, commercial pet breeding facilities often subject their animals to poor living conditions. Plus, adopting from a shelter gives you a large variety of breeds to choose from that you may not find in a pet store!
Make Proper Preparations in Your Home
It’s important to make preparations in your home before you introduce your new pet to your house. You’ll need various supplies, such as a travel crate, a leash, a bed, toys, housetraining equipment, and food. It’s advisable to get the same kind of food that your pet has already been eating to avoid upsetting their stomach. If you’re adopting a puppy, be aware that you’ll have to do a lot of house cleaning. Keep your floors free of debris and electrical cords, because puppies like to chew and eat everything. Baby gates can keep your puppy out of rooms that are unsafe.
PetCare RX recommends making a vet appointment for the first week or two after your bring home your animal. A physical examination will make sure your pet is healthy. Your animal should also receive vaccinations to protect them from disease.
Consider Your Availability
It can be more difficult to care for a dog if you’re a busy person, but not impossible. Try to make time in your schedule to feed, exercise, and spend bonding time with them. In fact, your dog will enjoy having a routine, since this will let them know what to expect from you at what time of the day. If you work long hours and don’t have the time to exercise your dog, you may want to hire a dog walker. Dogs require regular exercise to keep their bodies healthy. Being outside is also essential for stimulating their minds and supporting their mental health.
Give Your Pet a Warm Welcome and Establish a Bond
Different pets will adjust to your home differently depending on their past experiences. Rescue pets from a shelter may need some space as they explore their new surroundings and get used to a quieter atmosphere. Being introduced to a new home can be stressful for dogs, so don’t be upset if your dog doesn’t seem to bond with you immediately. Bonding with your dog involves being patient and practicing a calm assertiveness. Never let your emotions take over when you’re disciplining your pet. Instead, stay consistent with every interaction you have with your dog, so they see you as a stable and trustworthy companion.
Taking on the care of an animal can seem daunting at first. Every new pet owner will make mistakes and learn from them. Eventually, you’ll develop a strong bond with your pet, and they’ll learn key obedience skill to make your job easier. The two of you are sure to quickly become inseparable friends!