Bringing a pet home for the first time is super exciting but at the same time, you could feel overwhelmed. Your lifestyle (and your family) is about to take a new turn; for the better.
You might be thinking about the new responsibilities, but it really wouldn’t feel that way. If anything, they are very enjoyable and you would start looking forward to them in no time.
Now, to make the whole transition process very easy for you and your pup here are some tips that you can follow:
- Prepare Supplies Beforehand
One of the key ways of eliminating any stress with having a new pet is getting many of the required supplies beforehand.
Leashes, collars, litter boxes, identification tags, water and food bowls, toys, treats, and food are all necessities when bringing your pet dog home.
If you know the food your dog has been eating, it's best to get the exact same one for your pup. Introducing new foods right away, together with the change in environment, can stress your pet and disrupt his digestive system.
- Puppy-proof Your Home
Imagine your puppy as a toddler in the house. And just like toddlers, they have a knack for getting into places they shouldn’t or gobbling up things unsafe for their health.
To this end, you need to gate off dangerous areas, remove wires from the way, and secure decorations firmly. Puppies are always on a treasure hunt, so ensure everything that could hurt them is taken out of their little paws' reach.
- Set Up A Routine
When you just get a pet, it is best to establish a consistent routine right away to allow peaceful transitions. Create a routine or playtime, bedtime, and mealtime. Plan for walks, extra trips to parks, and even bathroom breaks.
When planning the routine, note that pups require more exercise and bathroom breaks more often than adult dogs.
- Find a Good Vet
Getting a good vet will make adapting to your pet almost seamless. A good vet will educate you about behavior patterns, your dog’s health, and everything you need to know about owning a dog.
Schedule an appointment during the first week you get your pet; and as time progresses, annual and semi-annual appointments should be regular.
- Start House-training Sessions
As soon as you get your new pet, it is great to establish rules through training sessions. Consistency with training sessions will help them understand what you want and build confidence. It's so difficult to erase a bad habit when it's established.
- Make Her Comfortable
Just as kids love having playrooms and places to rest, pups also appreciate places to relax. Set up a section for your pup to just chill.
- Be Patient
You just have a new family member coming into your house. You need to be patient with your pup and reduce any form of excessive expectations. Life is going to be different, so give yourself time to adjust. Soon enough, you'll find out that you've gotten a loyal friend for life.