9 Tips for Being a Great First-Time Pet Owner

Posted October 9, 2018 @ 11:55am | by Jessica Brody

Pets are the best. They love you unconditionally and are always happy to see you when you come home. They give you purpose and passion. Becoming a pet owner for the first time can be a time-consuming endeavor, but the rewards are infinite. Before you make this big life decision, check out these tips.

  1. If you rent a house or an apartment, check with your landlord to make sure you can have pets in your place.
  2. Make sure your pet is the right size for your home. Larger dogs may need houses with yards, while apartments can be more suitable for cats, smaller dogs, and caged animals.
  3. Choose the right pet for your lifestyle. Dogs are great for people who like being outdoors because they need plenty of attention and frequent walks. If that’s not you, then consider a cat or other animal instead. Someone who spends a lot of time at the office or travels for work might not be the right owner for a dog. People with allergies should stick to pets that shed less
  4. Adopt instead of shop. Look for adoption fairs, shelters, and local rescue groups, or check online for adoption listings. If you’re only interested in a specific breed, then buy from a reputable breeder rather than a pet store to ensure a healthy pup that was born into good conditions. 
  5. Pet-proof your home before you bring your new pup home. This means putting away valuables or chewable items, securing cables and cords,  placing food and toxic items out of your pet’s reach, and making sure trash cans are kept behind closed doors. If you’re bringing in a dog that isn’t housebroken, prepare for accidents by protecting your nice rugs and having carpet cleaner handy.
  6. Have an emergency plan for your pet. That could mean a quick grab-and-go emergency kit in case of evacuation, rescue alert stickers, access for neighbors, updated tags and microchips, emergency vet contact, and a backup caregiver.
  7. Give your pet a warm welcome. Have a bed, toys, and scratching post ready for their homecoming. Rescued pets might be fearful and anxious in a new environment, so ease them in slowly and give them space. 
  8. Provide a good life for your pet. Spending time together and going on adventures will promote bonding with your pet. If you have a dog, give him a life outside of the house. Take him to a dog park on the weekends so he can socialize and run freely. 
  9. Feed them the best food, and schedule regular appointments with groomers and vets. 

You’ve made a great decision by choosing to become a pet owner. By giving a pet a new home and family, you’ll change his or her life for the better. In turn, your pet will rescue your heart. Both of your lives are about to reach peak happiness, so get ready for a fun ride!

 

Written by Jessica Brody with Our Best Friends

 


 

 
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