No matter how many friends or family members we have, getting a pet is always going to be something special. They’re the kind of friends that stand out and which will always be there for you. The relation that can be formed between a human and a dog for instance is incredibly strong, and it’s a good reason why people would want to get a dog.
That, and the fact that they are super cute! But in order to nurture this relationship, you must make sure that you do some things as soon as the new pet enters your home for the first time. The only way you will get them to comply to your rules or wishes is by training them early on. Here are some things that you should keep in mind as you’re preparing to adopt a pet.
Feeding your pet can be challenging if you don’t establish a diet for them early on. Be careful however as getting them used very expensive food can be quite…well, expensive. Not only that, but they will be reluctant to eat other things when your budget is cut short. You can get your dog the best puppy food, but make sure they get accustomed to it as soon as you bring them home.
Build Them Their Own Hangout Spot
You will of course want to allow your pet to roam freely through the house, with some boundaries like the kitchen perhaps. However it’s important that you give them their own private space. Call it a hangout corner or a chill zone, where they can retreat if they don’t feel like mingling or just want to literally sit down and rest for a bit. When you bring them into your home, keep in mind that they are introduced to a whole new environment. When everything around you is new, having that one spot you know is yours means a lot.
Teach them where it’s OK for them to relieve themselves and where it’s not. This will save you a lot of headache further down the road, as the mess animals can make is pretty frustrating at time. Even so, you will have to clean up after them, but it’s preferable if you don’t have to wash the carpet multiple times per day. On top of that, if you allow them to go wild from the get go, there will be little turning them back later.
Play With Them As Much As Possible
No matter how exciting the experience of getting a new pet can be, eventually the hype wares down a bit. When that happens, make sure that you are still playing with your pet daily. They need attention and love every day. If you are absent from home for most of the day or during long periods, make sure they have some toys to play with and things they can entertain themselves with. This will prevent them from picking their own “toys”, such as your living room couch or drapes, and will also keep them happy. It can be quite lonely for a pet when no one else is home.
Make sure to get your new pup, kitten, or any other animal you have adopted the proper tools to grow in your home in a healthy manner, and you will be able to enjoy them for longer and better.