Welcoming a pet to your home can be a fun event. But ensuring a very smooth shift for the pet – and the family it’s going to – takes some preparation and work. Here are some tips that can help you and your pet, during and after the adoption. Many people prefer dogs for adoption because of their loving and friendly nature; also dogs are kept for safety purposes as well. A dog can be a loving companion, a goofy buddy, an exercise partner, and much more, but dog ownership is also a lot of work. Training and caring for your dog requires time, energy and money, and adopting a dog is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Dogs require a lot of care and dog care is basically expensive and can add up to big bucks. When you have a dog at your home, you need to spend money on regular and emergency visits to vets. Just like humans, dogs can have medical emergencies too, bedding, a collar and harness, high-quality dog food, treats, toys, grooming, and whatnot.
Make Your Pet’s Surroundings Comfortable
While some may have their heart set on a certain breed or look of a dog, it’s important to keep an open mind when looking for a forever friend. Make sure that your pet feels comfortable and safe with you and your family. If you have any other pets, make sure your new dog blends with other pets as well. But the question is how long does it take for a dog to bond with new owners? Puppies that are 12 weeks old or younger usually bond very quickly whereas older dogs who come from stable, healthy homes will usually take somewhere from a few days to a few weeks to get used to their new owners, depending on how quickly you build the trust with it. Trust is especially the key in the case of rescue dogs.
Things to do When Getting a New Dog
There is a question that comes to everyone’s mind before adopting a new dog is “what should I do when I get a new dog?” or “what are the basic need of a dog?” Here are a few things you should do before you bring home your new dog and some basic needs or first steps you should take as they join your family. Once your dog is home, keep it friendly and pleasant but low-key at first and try to develop a relation of trust between you and your new pet. Introduce your new dog to their crate so that your dog feels comfortable. Start training your dog as soon as possible so that you don’t have to deal with the mess later on. Set up a routine for your dog’s daily stuff. Get your dog license, it is very important for you and your dog. Find a good vet before-hand because like humans, dogs require a lot of care and health check-ups.
Make Your Home Pet-Friendly
Another question that pops in everyone’s mind is “How do I make my dog comfortable in a new home”? You need to make sure that your house is safe for your dog. It is very important to go through your home before you bring a new pet, to search out hazards and get them out of the house. This includes cabinets at pet level, counter tops, bottles of chemical on the floor, small toys, electric cords, curtain cords and toxic plants etc.
How Often Should you Feed your Dog
The most important question is “How many times do you feed a dog”? It is very important that you ask your vet about your dog’s daily intake of food because it impacts directly on your dog’s health. Most experts recommend feeding your dog twice a day, if your dog is five month old or above but if you have puppies under five months of age should be fed three to four times a day, or as directed by your vet.