Welcoming a new dog to your family demands proper preparation. As the environment will be something unfamiliar to your canine pal, you need to make the transition easier for both your pet and your family.
Often, a new dog is more dependent than you expect. This is why pre-planning for the arrival of a new pet is crucial as it helps reduce the stress not only on your pup, but also on the members of the household.
Before your furry friend is introduced to your home, make the right preparations by considering these tips shared by a pet food delivery company in the UAE.
1. Pet-proof your house.
Look around your home and find all the potentially tempting items that your new pet may want to chew on, taste, or investigate. Pick up anything on the floor that is hazardous to pets. Move cords, paper clips, or rubber bands out of reach.
The best practice when you have a new pet is to keep a neat and clean house. If you leave dangerous things lying on the floor, your pup may chew on these, causing him to choke, suffer diarrhea, or vomit on his first few weeks.
Set up a temporary, confined living space.
Whenever you’re not around to supervise your pup and prevent him from causing house accidents, place him inside a pet playpen or any confined space. Pick an area that’s a center of activity in your house so that your new dog won’t feel isolated.
2. Stock up on supplies.
In the same way that you need clothes and other tools to function well in life, your new pet also needs certain supplies to thrive. Buy basic pet supplies ahead of time so that both you and your dog can settle in comfortably at home and have no need to make repeated trips to the store.
Here’s a list of things that you will need:
- Collars and leash
- Food and water bowls
- High-quality dog food and some tasty treats
- ID tags
- Pet bed
- Stain and odor-removing cleaners
3. Decide who will be responsible for pet care.
Hold a family meeting to decide who will handle specific pet care chores. If you don’t assign chores ahead of time, it’ll spell trouble as everyone will assume someone else will be doing them.
During your meeting, remember to discuss the following:
- Who will be responsible for potty duty?
- Who will be in charge of feeding times?
- Who will take the pup to his vet appointments?
- Who will make sure that the dog gets enough exercise?
- Who will take care of grooming and hygiene?
Taking home a new pet is a huge responsibility. Think about the questions above as caring for a pet will require a lot of your family’s commitment, energy, and time. To avoid neglecting a new pet and family disagreements, it’s best that you set everyone’s expectations beforehand.
Set house rules
To avoid confusing your new pet, you need to hammer out the house rules in advance. Will you allow the pup on the bed? Where will the pup sleep? By setting house rules, you can ensure that everyone in your family is on board with disciplining your new pet.
What if you’re on your own?
Ideally, you will need a few days to a week to train your new pup and get him settled in. This will also help you and your pet to bond, which in itself makes training easier.
But even if you can get some time off from work, you’ll need some people to act as your back-up in case you can’t take care of your pet.
Here are the things you’ll need to look for:
- Dog walkers
- Dog day care center
- Dog trainer
- Vet clinic
4. Plan the journey home.
When you go to pick up your new pup, find someone to go with you. A young puppy who has never experienced riding a car may get nervous and rattled. Let your companion sit next to the dog on the ride home to soothe and keep him from hopping onto your lap while you drive.
If the dog is more familiar with a crate, you can place him inside one for the ride home. Do make sure to secure the crate to prevent it from sliding around the backseat.
What to do once the new dog is home?
- For the first day or two, keep the mood pleasant but low-key. A shy dog may get overwhelmed in a new place full of loud and lively strangers.
- Introduce the pup to his crate. Most dogs will need a little time to adjust to a crate. To help your pup become used to it, place some treats and toys inside.
- Start training. The earlier you begin, the easier it will be to teach your pup good manners. Two of the most important things to teach your new dog are house training and being comfortable around other dogs and people.
- Set up a routine. A routine gives your dog assurance. Work out a schedule for bathroom breaks, exercising, meals, and walks – and make sure to stick to it.
Your new pup’s first few weeks will surely be a period of adjustment. Try to remain patient and understanding of your dog’s behavior as he’s still getting used to his new life. Bear in mind the four tips above to make the transition much easier for both you and your new canine pal.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.