Are you a new pet parent?
It’s exciting to welcome a new family pet. However, sometimes it can be scary. Having a pet is a commitment, and there are so many things to learn to as a pet parent.
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Sugar is my first dog as an adult. I vividly remember the first time I met Sugar. She had the sweetest smile. One reason I named her Sugar. Also as a puppy, I expected Sugar’s abundance of energy. Prior to Sugar’s arrival, I prepared myself as a new pet parent. It was extremely important to educate myself with the “what’s, why’s and how’s” of new pet parenthood. There were things that I did not anticipate to happen, but I learned from each experience.
To all new pet parents, enjoy your new pet. Here are
5 Helpful Tips For New Pet Parents
1. Educate yourself about the breed of your dog.
2. Have a PLAN on how to care for your new pet.
a) Environment – Prepare your pet’s indoor and outdoor space to be “pet-friendly”. Make sure your home is a haven for your new pet.
b) Time & Attention – It is important that you have the time to walk your dog and provide ample amount of attention. Make playtime your pet’s favorite part of his/her day. Playtime is an excellent way to bond with your pet.
b) Budget – Pet ownership can be costly. It is important that you set-up a budget expense plan for food, toys, grooming, training and vet care.
c) Health – Make your pet’s healthcare a priority to ensure a long and healthy life. Have a veterinarian examine your new pet and never skip your pet’s yearly vet check-up.
3. Socialize & Train your new pet to instill good behavior. Make sure to praise and reward your pet .
4. Patience – There are challenges in owning a pet, be prepared. These challenges might be simple, but it requires your understanding and patience.
5. Continue to LEARN about your pet and how to be a better pet parent.
Being a pet parent is a rewarding experience. I hope these tips will provide you guidance to get started as a new pet parent.
Beat the Summer heat with your new pet. I invite you to visit PetSmart Parent Resource Center and read 4 Summer Tips for New Pet Parents.
Reilly & Denny says
those are excellent tips
Madi and Mom says
Ohhhh what a darlin’ pup!!
Hugs madi your bfff
Oz the Terrier says
Excellent tips and oh wow! Sugar, you were such a cute puppy! You had that Golden Sugar SMILE from day 1!
easy rider says
pawsome tips…patience is very important, humans weren’t perfect too from day one :o)
M. K. Clinton says
Great tips! I think one of the worse things a pet parent can do is get a puppy or kitten on a whim. It takes careful preparation to bring a new little one into your home. ☺
Cathy Armato says
These are very important tips! I do wish more people would research the breed or breed/mix of the dog before bringing him home. Breed traits like energy level and propensity to dig are good to know beforehand!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
Being a pet owner, I would recommend providing both microchip and ID tag for your pet. Without proper identification, it is difficult to reunite pets with their owner.