Whether you have decided to get a pet, or you already have one, there are a few things to do to ensure that your new pet will feel comfortable in his new home.
Welcoming a new dog into your home and into your life will both be exciting and overwhelming. Other times, even frustrating. That is one of the reasons why being prepared and having appropriate expectations will help in achieving a smooth transition for both of you.
Visit the vet
Your dog’s health should be one of your priorities throughout your companionship. Starting it as early as possible is ideal. This would mean a trip to the vet.
Have your vet check your dog’s overall health status. Have him vaccinated with the needed vaccines. Also ask about vitamins that he needs to take, how often he needs to be checked, his meals, and a whole lot more.
There are a lot of things you can learn about your new canine companion just by talking to his vet. Just by taking a trip to the vet, you will discover other tricks and tips on how to properly care for your dog. This will be a great help for both you, and not just your pet.
Dog-proof your home
Dogs are curious creatures, and they will try to explore and discover as much as they could. To prevent accidents, dog-proof your home before bringing the new dog. This way, the house is prepared for his coming.
Remove any materials that may cause harm to your pet like electrical cords, small objects that he may swallow. Even cell phones and other gadgets should be placed somewhere that is unreachable by your pooch.
Be aware of edges that are low enough which your dog may hit when they pass by. Dog-proof your house as you would child-proof it. Since this ensures safety to your canine companion, then it is worth all the trouble.
Do your research
Before getting a dog, research what type of dog is best for you. The kind that matches your personality and way of living. If you live an active life, get a dog that is great for the outdoors. If you are pretty laid back, find a breed that is quiet and a good indoor dog.
You also need to find one according to your purpose. If you’re away most of the time and you want the dog to guard your home, find a guard dog. If you want the kind that keeps you company, find one that is cuddly. You get the drift.
Finding the right breed for you is just the start. There are a lot of things you need to research like meals, vitamins, activities best for the dog, etc. You’ll learn a lot along the way, so you don’t need to know everything all at once.
Researching and doing your homework beforehand helps in a way that you know what to expect, and how to handle if any of these expectations are ever encountered.