Animals that are kept as pets rely on their human owners for complete care, including feeding, activity and enrichment, medical and dental care among many other things. Understanding your pet’s daily needs will allow for better communication and understanding between you and your pet.
Before you bring your pet home, it is important to pet proof the areas they will be allowed in. If you are getting an indoor pet, make sure your home is safe for your pet by covering all cords, containing harmful household cleaners, and keep breakable and chewable items out of reach. If your dog goes out in the yard: make sure to remove anything you do not wanted chewed on; be wary of fertilizers, have a secure fence in place, and be certain there aren’t any poisons they could come in contact with such as rat poison or antifreeze. You will also want to make sure you have proper identification on your pet along with a phone number for someone to contact you in emergency situations. Microchipping is a great form of permanent identification.
Set up designated areas
Pets learn best when their parameters are clearly defined, and the earlier you implement these rules, the sooner they will understand. Make sure you have a designated feeding and drinking area for your pet, as well as a defined sleeping space. Be sure to fully understand your pet’s needs prior to establishing these areas. For example, some pets are nocturnal, and some pets fear loud noise: so ensure that you are meeting these requirements.
Set up house rules early on
Do you want pets to remain off furniture, or are they allowed free range? Will you allow them on your bed or on the couch? Whatever your preferences are, start enforcing these rules immediately. The earlier you start conditioning your pet, the easier it will be for them to pick up good habits. When you have an area where pets cannot be on furniture, keep a comfortable bed or blankets for them to relax on; having their own cozy area will deter them from wanting yours.