Adding a pet to the family is a very big deal and if not done properly, the experience can lead to come uneasy feelings among both human and furry friend. We are big supporters of pet friendly homes and want to help our readers in anyway possible. In fact, we just added an addition before Christmas. Here are a few tips for introducing a new pet to the family that we found on point to help get you started off right!
- Get everyone in the family on board – It is important that all of your family members are ready for the responsibility of a dog. Prior to bringing your new dog home, determine who is responsible for walks, feeding, etc., so once your pup is in the home, you are ready to get started on the right paw.
- Head to the store – You will want to purchase items you will need for your pet prior to them coming home. You will need food, dishes, toys, cleaner for accidents, a leash and collar and more. You want to ensure that you have as much as you need.
- Let your pet settle in – When you bring your dog home, give them time to settle in and relax, especially if you have child. It can take a new dog a few days to acclimate to their new surroundings, so give them time to get comfortable and de-stress.
- Get your pup on a schedule – Dogs are very schedule-oriented, so ensuring that you get them on a routine as quickly as possible will help them understand potty times, feeding, walks and more. This will help the transition of having new pets in your home easier for the dog and your family.
If you already have another furry family member, here are some other tips to keep in mind: Tips on Assimilating a Second Dog into Your Family.
For more insights please visit the experts at Camp Bow Wow, North America’s most trusted pet care franchise, to help ease your mind when introducing a new pet to the family.