So, you have added a new member to the family- a pet! Let’s face it- pets are cute and adorable. However, bringing a new dog home requires more than the will to do so; it involves your time, care and attention. For real, the task of being a new pet parent could be a daunting home.
Nevertheless, there’s no turning back- once you have been attracted to its cute little eyes, it’s impossible to drop the idea of being a pet parent. Not to worry, here is a handy parenting guide for newbies:
Talk To A Veterinarian
You can’t possibly start this journey on your own. Think of the veterinarian as a pediatrician who knows all that your new baby needs; and since you’ve never been down the road of pet parenting it would be best to ask from someone who’s been down that road before, right?
A visit to a veterinarian would help fetch recommendations on how you should feed your pet when you can start taking it out for walk- and how long such walks should be, the daily routines of care you should not miss a chance to discuss about pet-friendly schedule and most importantly, a medical examination of your little buddy; to be sure that your little member is healthy and ready-to-go.
Pet-Proof Your Home
Pets are, no doubt, bundles of energy. and of course, they would love to explore their new home using this available source of vigor. Also, similar to infants, they go through the phase of teething. A puppy, for instance, going through this phase, would love to chew everything in sight. Although it’s a compulsory developmental stage, they could hurt themselves in the process. They can hurt their gum or choke on unimaginable things.
Nevertheless, it’s impossible to supervise your little companion every time. So, it’s important to prepare your home before letting him loose in it. As absurd as it may sound, one such way would be crawling around your home- in an attempt to get a puppy eye’s view of the surrounding. So doing, you are able to remove anything he might be tempted to chew or swallow. Also, be sure to put away insecticides, cleaning supplies and other harmful chemicals out of reach.
Talk To Other Pet Parents
Let’s not shy away from the fact- first times could be very intimidating and scary. In order to quench this anxiety, it’s easier to talk to people who are already in the world of pet parenting and have been through the current phase. In as much as a visit to the veterinarian is important so you can have a professional stand-point, talking with friends who have pets can give you brief insights into their dog parenting experience, help you make better decisions and help you avoid crucial mistakes. For sure, anxiety would be far gone after your first meeting with a fellow pet parent!
Shop, Shop, Shop
Every new development requires new sets of items- your new family member needs some too! Before becoming a pet parent, research on the things your pet would need to be comfortable in its new home. Make sure you buy these essential supplies, and select right grooming products for your pet so as to avoid being caught unawares; often leading to changes in pet parent’s lifestyle- that’s you!
Most times, these supplies depend on the age and size of your pet. Purchase pet food, treats, collar, a comfortable bed, and other necessary items that would ensure your pet lives healthily and happily.
The Bottom Line
The little things you do go on to affect how well you and your cute, little pets flow. However, before bringing him or her in, make sure you have a high amount of emotional stability with pets– they are really unpredictable beings!