If you’re thinking about getting a new pet there are some steps you will want to take ahead of time to prepare. By being prepared you can make the transition easier for both you and your new pet. After all adding a new family member is a big step, not just for you but for the new pet as well.
You’ve went through the process of deciding what type of pet is best for you, you’ve decided where to get him or her and have found the right fit. There are some supplies you’ll need to get beforehand and some you can pick up shortly after bringing home your new pet. The supplies you’ll need will vary somewhat depending on whether you’re bringing home a puppy or a dog.
It’s best to bring your new pet home in a pet carrier, so that is one of the first things you’ll need. Not using a pet carrier can potentially be dangerous or messy, so using one is definitely a good idea. Remember this will be a new experience for both of you and you won’t be sure what to expect. Some dogs get motion sickness or they get nervous and have to go to the bathroom. In either case you’ll be happy to have him in a carrier.
Puppy-proofing your house is essential if you’re bringing home a puppy. They love to chew on things and sometimes they swallow things they shouldn’t or they may go for some of your favorite items. You don’t want to have to take the new puppy to the vet right away because he swallowed something he shouldn’t have, so make sure things are out of his reach.
This brings us to another item you should get ahead of time — chew toys. Chewing on things is a natural behavior for puppies so it’s important they have some thing to chew on. Even if you’re bringing home an older dog he will likely enjoy the chew toys too. This may help ease some nervous energy during the transition as well.
It’s also good to have the puppy or dog food, the food and water dishes, and a few toys set up before bringing your new puppy or dog home. If you have everything set up ahead of time you will be able to enjoy spending time with your new pet instead of spending that time organizing his space. This will also help him get to know where to find the food and water and the toys.
You will want to be prepared with a collar and a leash right away too. It’s safer to keep him on a leash, especially at first. Remember he may be a little nervous and he won’t be familiar with his surroundings. Having him on a leash will also prevent him from chasing after a squirrel and darting into the street.
A pet id tag is another important thing you’ll want to get right away. Unexpected things can happen, especially when you’re not familiar with each other yet, and having a current pet id tag can make all the difference if you ever happen to loose you pet.
Bringing home a new puppy or dog can be such an exciting event. But preparing for the new pet can also be fun and it will make the transition go much more smoothly. In time you may also want to consider getting some reference guides or training manuals.