So now you have decided to bring a new dog to your home. Where do you get started? Are there special preparations you need tohave in place? Do you have what it takes to take care of the new pet? Do you have to be extra-rich to take care of the pet? These are some of the few questions that might be running through your mind.
It is okay to feel anxious as there are a lot of things involved. It takes systematic planning, but luckily, it is something that you can achieve as well. Let us explore what it takes to welcome a new dog to your home and make it feel comfortable:
Work on your hosting space
Where will be the dog staying? You can either have an outdoor space or host the pet in your main house. The ideal space should be comfortable and fit for survival. It all starts with the type of beddings that you buy for your dog. A good bed is one that will help to calm your dog because anxiety can kick in as he or she is exposed to a new environment. Work on the lighting to ensure that your pet has the best time in this space. The air conditioning systems should also be in place to help survive weather variations.
Get the necessary supplies
The nature of supplies that you will need will depend on your neighborhood, your activities, and the type of dog you intend to bring home. Such needs vary from one person to the other. Cleaning products are a must if you are a person who cares about grooming. An ID tag and collar will be essential if you will be moving around with your dog or even visiting the park. A soft crate is ideal if you are a travel enthusiast. Consulting another dog owner or an expert in this field might be necessary if you are a first-time dog owner.
Create a schedule
We live in a busy world where we always seem to be in a rush. Spending quality time with your pet may seem impossible based on your tight schedules. However, your new friend requires attention, or else you fail to create a good connection. You need to know when to go for a walk, when to clean its space, when to play and when to go for medical checkups. The schedule should also come with a feeding timetable to ensure that your pet has the energy to face the day and be active.
Introduce your dog to your space
It is okay to feel anxious when you visit a new place. It is no different with dogs as they have feelings. Give your dog a tour of the new environment and let it learn that it is the new place to call home. You don’t need a big welcome party as the dog may feel out of place. Learning is a gradual process, and you can visit different places systematically. Let the dog meet with all the family members that it will be interacting with every day. Give the dog some alone time and let it familiarize with the new environment.
Take care of its health
Just like you take care of your health, your dog also needs some care. Animals react to climatic changes, and you must be ready for this transition. You may start with the basic vaccines to ensure that the dog adjusts to the new environment. Consult a dog vet in your area to arm yourself with the necessary medications that will keep your pet safe. Ensure that you have regular checks ups to make it easy to detect diseases early enough. Invest in healthy foods because health starts with the diet. You have to consider the physical activity levels and health when choosing the right foods for your dog.
Take a tour of the neighborhood
How many times have you come across ‘lost pet’ adverts on the streets? They are very common. Your dog may get lost as you are taking a walk in the neighborhood. Your pet can also take advantage of the opened gate and get out of sight. It would be best if you had an assurance that your pet will find its way home when such an occurrence occurs. Taking a walk in the neighborhood familiarizes the pet with the environment. Ensure that you visit some crucial areas such as the dog park and hang around with others.
Create time for your pet
A good relationship with the pet does not come automatically. Remember that you are not the first person to interact with this dog. The kind of relationship that this pet had with others will influence how you will interact. You must show love to your dog if you want the same to happen. Good things take time, but you should be ready to walk the path. The good thing with dogs is that they are quick to learn. Have those leisure walks in the evening, or even play with your dog to create a cordial relationship. A simple routine such as walking your dog can help curb lifestyle disorders such as obesity that affect pets.
Invest it its social life
If you are the kind of person who loves having a good time, then be ready to offer the same experience to your dog. There are hundreds of toys that you can get for your pet. Such toys ensure that your dog is always occupied whenever you are away. If you have kids, let them play with your pet and have a good time. Learn your pet’s mood to know when he or she is having good or low moments in life. You can as well observe what excites your pet and focus on such activities.
Preparing a dog for a new home is not a one-day affair but a process. Figure out what is working and focus on those areas that will make the pet feel at home. Be available as it is the only approach that will make the dog feel more connected to you. Understanding your dog helps you create that suits his or her needs.