Guest article by Jessica Brody

Getting a New Pet? Four Things You Need to Know When Bringing Home Your New Best Friend

So, you’ve decided to welcome a new pet into your home for the first time. This can be an exciting experience for everyone in your family. Owning a pet not only teaches a valuable lesson about responsibility, but it also opens you up to new experiences you can only have when taking care of a pet. When deciding what kind of animal to bring into your home, there are a few key considerations to make. Here is a guide to help you choose the best pet for your home.

Choosing the Right Pet for Your Home

Before you adopt, you should make sure that your home is the right fit for your pet. Small homes and apartments are a good fit for cats and smaller dogs, which do not take a lot of space. As you look at larger pets, keep in mind that they will need more space to feel comfortable sharing a living space. Large breeds such as Mastiffs or Saint Bernards will not make the cut for a small one-bedroom apartment. Larger breeds of dog will also require more exercise. So, be prepared to take frequent trips outside to give them a chance to stretch their legs.

Besides considering the size of your future pet, you should also consider their age. Adoption centers home more than just newborn pups and kitties. In fact, the majority of many adoption centers’ animal population are older pets. You may think that you should automatically try for a young pet to adopt, but older pets can sometimes make preferable companions, especially for first-time pet owners. Older pets tend to be better disciplined and are also well adjusted to living and interacting with humans. So, when you look for your new pet, don’t feel like you need to set an age limit. However, with older pets, you might need to make some simple modifications to your home to ensure their safety.

Choosing the Right Pet for Your Lifestyle

Everyone is different. Some people prefer an active and busy life, while others like to keep things chill and casual. When adopting, you should consider how a pet will mesh with your current lifestyle. If you decide to bring in a new puppy, then you should expect to take on the role of parent. Older dogs will not need much maintenance and will likely just go with the flow.

Bringing Home Your Pet for the First Time

After picking out the right pet and signing the adoption papers, you will finally get to bring home your new pet for the first time. This moment can be especially exciting when you bring a new pet home to your children, but you should consider how your pet might feel in a moment such as this. If your children react loudly to their new furry friend, your new pet might feel scared and out of sorts.

When bringing them in, make sure your home is a quiet and calming environment. Inform your children not to be overzealous when they meet the new pet for the first time, but instead to be gentle with them. Some pets come from abusive homes, so a loud and boisterous environment could trigger them to either hide or maybe even snap at their new owners if they feel threatened. By taking it slow at first, your new pet will be able to comfortably adjust to their new home and owners.

Building a Positive Relationship

Being a pet owner is a lot of hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. It will take a little time for you to bond with your pet. In the first few weeks, you’ll learn a lot about who your pet is — and vice versa. The more time you spend getting to know your pet, who they are, and what they like, the sooner you will start to form a real, long-lasting bond.

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