Adopting a pet - or even fostering temporarily - can be immensely rewarding. It’s also a kind gesture for an animal in need, especially during and after a pandemic. But making an instantaneous decision to bring a new furry friend home isn’t usually a good idea. Instead, take your time, do your research, and prepare before you act. Check out the following tips from Pettsie to guide you through pet adoption during the pandemic, or any other time for that matter.
Get Ready for Your Furry Friend - Research
Learning about what to expect and how to care for your new dog is a crucial step in the adoption process. Consider these points while you prepare:
- Look into different breeds before choosing a pet based on looks alone. Matching your family’s needs is essential.
- Study up on what a canine’s vocalizations mean so you can communicate better with your pooch. The American Kennel Club suggests that deciphering dog sounds is not as complicated as it seems, as pitch, tone and body language can offer clues.
- Decide whether to crate train your canine, as it may be beneficial for your dog. Crates can be used to limit access to the house until your pup learns all the house rules, such as what he can and can’t chew on.
Prepare for Pet Ownership - Get Your Gear in Order
Your new pet will need a safe place to sleep plus areas and equipment for playing, eating, and relaxing. Take these steps to get ready before your pup comes home:
- Shop at Pettsie for stylish collars made with pet-friendly materials -- our collars come with owner matching accessories to help strengthen your bond with your pet!
- Determine what size crate your pet will need for safety and comfort.
- The Humane Society suggests equipping yourself with strategies and supplies to stop puppy (or older dog) chewing. Remember that puppies weren’t born knowing what’s acceptable to chew on; they gnaw on just about anything, so understand they’re doing so for any number of reasons, including boredom, separation anxiety, or they’re seeking attention.
- A home security system can help keep your new furry friend safe, whether you're at home or away.
Be a Proactive Pet Owner - Plan Ahead
Owning a dog is rewarding but also challenging. Some things are inevitable when you have a pet, like the need for cleaning supplies and a lot of patience. Plan ahead with these tips:
- Stock up on pup cleanup supplies for accidents and laundering. Products that contain enzymes that neutralize the uric acid in pets’ urine are often most effective.
- Seek a veterinarian who can care for your pet and schedule their first visit as soon as the adoption is complete.
- If you’re putting your house on the market, keep potential buyers in mind. Come time for an open house, be sure to pick up after your pet inside and outside the house, as well as cleaning areas frequented by your pet.
Adding a furry friend to your household is bound to involve equal parts excitement and joy. Taking these steps, from research to proper planning, will help in the transition from animal shelter to home. In no time, it will feel like they’ve always been part of the family.