Things To Consider Before Getting A Pet

4 Things to Think About Before Getting a Pet

Getting a pet for the first time is an exciting adventure. It’s tempting to scoop up the first cuddly cat or dog you come across.

But just like any other major decision in your life, you should take your time with it. There are several factors to consider and steps to take before you welcome a new pet into your home.

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1. Find a Pet That Fits Your Lifestyle

Finding a pet that fits your lifestyle and budget is key. If you are the type of person who likes to lounge around the house all day, you’ll want a dog that doesn’t require a lot of exercise or might even consider a cat. Perhaps you want a new running partner so you might consider choosing a larger dog like a Golden Retriever or Dalmatian.

Don’t forget about your dog’s age and breed. You’ll need to make sure you are able to provide the proper amount of scheduled walks and exercises throughout the day. If you work long hours, it is a good idea to hire a professional dog walker to keep them active and entertained.

Where you live is equally as important. Bigger breeds require large amounts of space to exercise and play. They tend to do well in communities with plenty of open spaces and dog parks. For urban areas, smaller breeds fair better being inside all day. Also, some dogs do better in certain climates than others. You want your pet to be comfortable.

Be sure to take in the needs of your entire family. There are dogs that are better suited for people with allergies, are more kid-friendly and play well with other pets. It is also a good idea to talk to the breeder or caretaker about the dog’s behavior before you adopt it.



Prepping The Home

Before you can bring your new friend home, you need to make it pet-friendly. Puppies and kittens are especially curious. They love to explore, and just like human babies, may accidentally get hurt if you are not paying attention. It is a good idea to block off an area of the house just for them while they get acclimated to their new home.

Make sure this area is secure with baby gates. Keep the floor clear and remove anything that potentially could be a choking hazard to your pet. Also, research any dangerous foods listed by the RSPCA or ASPACA, and tape cords to the baseboards. Remove chemicals and pesticides to high shelves or the garage and make sure that rubbish is locked away.

Food, toys, collar, leash, bowls, and crates should be purchased and set up ahead of time. The moment your new pet enters their new home, their training begins and it is important to start adjusting them to their new routine and environment right away.

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Getting to Know Each Other

Your new pet will most likely be overwhelmed by its new environment. Be patient and don’t take it personally. According to, sometimes it takes a couple of weeks before they start to come out of their shell.

It is important to stay calm and positive in the beginning, especially if they are fearful and nervous. Stick to a feeding and walking schedule and be sure to give them space and practice being on their own. Encourage behaviors you like with plenty of treats. This teaches them what to expect from you.

And have fun! Engaging in play such as chase or fetch is a fun way to bond. Some will be ready to play right away, while others may need to be coaxed. Downtime is another great source of bonding. Cuddle on the couch or getting on the floor and giving them tummy rubs. You’ll both love it.

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Your New Family Member

Getting a new pet is exciting for everyone. Taking the time to research the appropriate pet for your lifestyle and prepare your home for them to help ease their transition. It won’t be long before they are a part of the family.

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Article by - Jessica Brody