Providing the right home environment for a dog, or a cat or other pet, is paramount to his/her health and well-being. Adopting a dog or cat, for example, can be exciting but there are some things that need to be considered first.
As dog lovers and pet groomers, it’s very difficult to swallow the following statistics about the plight of animals in rescue shelters.
According to the ASPCA, animal shelters take in about 6 million dogs and cats annually. Unfortunately, only 4 million pets are adopted each year. It would be great if this number could increase and hopefully it has be the time you read this article.
So let’s explore what it takes to provide an appropriate home for a new dog., a dog that can be a happy client when he sees his groomer every couple of months.
Table of Contents
- Considerations Before Adopting a Dog or Other Pet
- 1. Are you ready to add a new pet to your life?
- 2. Your Lifestyle
- 3. Your Home and Yard
- 4. What Do You Like to Do?
- 5. Will Adopting a Dog Aggravate Allergies?
- 6. Preparing the Home Before Adopting a Dog or Cat
- 7. Bringing Her Home
Considerations Before Adopting a Dog or Other Pet
Jessica’s comments below are probably quite typical of concerns many might have when they first consider adopting a new dog:
I’ve been a pet owner for decades. I know the seemingly infinite joy and love that comes from having a pet. But I also remember how nervous I was when I adopted my first dog.Jessica
So let’s see what tips Jessica has for us in her article below:
1. Are you ready to add a new pet to your life?
Here are some things to consider:
Pets make our lives better by giving us companionship, love, laughter and a schedule. They bring joy and frustration, cuddles and anger. But their benefit always outweighs the negatives. If you’re thinking of bringing a pet into your life, there are a lot of things to consider to make sure you choose the right friend.
2. Your Lifestyle
First, consider how much time you have to devote to a new buddy. If you travel a lot for your job, a dog might not be the right pet for you. Dogs require a lot of work, training and management.
If you are working predominantly from home, either by choice, or because of the pandemic, then there are various ways that you can include your new dog in your work-from-home routine.
Cats, however, can be left alone for a bit of a longer time, though they do need someone to feed them and clean their litter boxes.
Caged animals, such as birds, hamsters and other rodents can be more self-sufficient, only needing daily feeding.
Fish can be fed with vacation feeders and can be left alone for a much longer time.
3. Your Home and Yard
Do you live in a small home with no yard, a large home with a big yard or somewhere in between? If you live in a small condo, a giant breed of dog might be a bit much. Consider a small breed of dog or a cat.
Remember that if you don’t have a fenced yard, your dog will need several visits outside per day, and you’ll have to go with him with a leash.
4. What Do You Like to Do?
Are you looking for an active pet to go on adventures with you, or are you looking for a lap buddy to sit with you while you read or watch TV? Dogs come in hundreds of varieties, all having different traits and needs.
Hunting dogs, such as retrievers, Rhodesian ridgebacks and pointers, and herding dogs, such as border collies, corgis and shepherds, usually require lots of exercise or they’ll get bored and cause destruction.
Lazier breeds like English bulldogs, St. Bernards, mastiffs and some toy breeds, are more comfortable lying around the house and might protest when you demand a hike.
5. Will Adopting a Dog Aggravate Allergies?
No dog is completely hypoallergenic, but some breeds and mixed breeds can be easier on a person’s allergies than others.
Check with everyone in the household before you bring a pet in that can cause issues. Asking someone to “deal with it” is unfair. Many people are highly allergic to cats, and some can tolerate them better than others.
6. Preparing the Home Before Adopting a Dog or Cat
Once you’ve decided which pet you’re going to get, you have to get your home ready. Start doing some online research about what your pet needs, then go shopping.
If you’re getting a large dog, you’ll need a large dog bed and food and water bowls.
If you’re getting a cat, you’ll need a litter box and litter and a bed for her, too. Try a cat stroller to take her with you on walks.
Caged animals need cages and other accouterments.
Consider going to your local library and reading up on what you need to know about your new pet.
7. Bringing Her Home
When you bring home a new pet, like a dog or cat, you have to give it time to adjust to your home.
If you’ve adopted her from a shelter, she might be a bit frightened because of all the changes she’s been through. Set up a little room for her to relax in, with her food and water and litter box. Keep the household calm and quiet so she isn’t as frightened.
Don’t force her to love you. Just offer treats and sit near her. Give her a chance to come to you. Eventually, she’ll trust you and come out of hiding.
Before long, your new pet will be your best buddy and have you wondering why you left it so long before adopting a dog or cat for example.. She’ll be ready for outdoor adventures or just hanging out on the couch with you.
Once she’s adjusted you can do whatever you want with your new pet, including playtime and travel. You can look forward to many good years with your new best friend.
Author: Jessica Brody