Choosing a Pet – Seven Simple Steps
The decision to adopt a pet is very important and should be thought out and discussed with everyone in the family. Bringing any type of pet into the home is a major responsibility, one that can more often than not last for decades. And, it is more than just about what type of pet you should get, although that is an important part of the decision as well. When considering the newest possible family addition, there are a few things to keep in mind.
More often than not, the purchase of a pet is somewhat of an impulse buy. However, in order to be the best owner to your new pet that you can be, you need to sit down and weigh you the pros and cons of actually taking on your newest family member. Do your research on both species and breed to make sure that the pet in question is a good fit for you. Make sure you understand what type of temperament your pet will exhibit. You will need to know the level of care and attention needed, as every species and/or breed is different in this respect. Finally, the average lifespan will indicate how long you can expect to have your pet and to meet its needs.
Factor In Your Families Lifestyle
This is one area that many families completely forget about, or simply ignore. Where you live, and how much you are away from home are two very big factors to consider in choosing a pet. Say,for instance, you decide to get a large dog. Do you have a sizable fenced in yard, so that your new companion will have room to run and exercise? Or maybe you are away from home a lot due to school activities or work. In this case, your better choice may be a cat, as they are lower maintenance than say perhaps a dog. Also, another area overlooked is that of when you decide to take a vacation. So you have a reliable source to call upon to perhaps babysit your pet? Cats can be pretty self-sufficient as long as they have water and food, but dogs are more in need of looking after on a day to day basis.
Think about cost
Like most things in the world today, there is also a cost to having a pet—any type of pet. You are responsible for keeping their shots up to date, for feeding them, or providing them a bed, and for taking them to the vet should they become sick. With dogs, there may be extra expenses for grooming, and if you decide to have them spayed or neutered there will be an expense for the surgery. Make sure you understand that when you take on a pet that you are taking on the additional expenses required to the proper care of that pet.
Consider shelter adoption
Many people, when considering where to get their pet at, go straight to either a pet store or a breeder. However, they are missing out on a chance to get a great companion by failing to check in with their local shelter. Ever since I can remember, I have heard that shelter dogs make the best companions. Why? Because they have been where they have been, and seen what they have seen, and felt what they felt. And in all that, they realize, on some level, just how lucky they are to have you as an owner. They will be forever grateful for you pulling them out of the shelter, and giving them the love and attention that they need and crave. Thusly, making them a most thankful companion who will remain loyal and loving all the rest of their lives.
When discussing the possible addition of a pet to the household, make sure that each member of the family understands what their delegated responsibility will be in helping care for your new pet. Each member should be relied upon to do their duty so that all the work of caring for the new addition does not fall completely on one persons shoulders. Delegate one individual for feeding, one for walking, and rotate for such things as bathing and brushing. Get the whole family involved, and make it a fun task for everyone.
Think about training
If you are not lucky enough to adopt a pet that is already housebroken, then you will need to consider setting time aside through your day to work at getting your new addition trained. Many find the best way to go is with pee pads. Not only are they more convenient for you the owner, they allow your pet to have access for going more often, and be a source to catch possible accidents. If your pet has problems in the areas of behavior, you may want to consider a professional trainer to help them to learn right from wrong.
Finally, you will need to name your new pet. This can be fun, but then again stressful at times. Will you go with something simple? Something traditional? Or maybe something totally off the wall? Whatever you name you chose, imagine yourself yelling it hundreds of times throughout your life. Do you find you still like the name? Then you may have a winner.
With just a little forethought and some weighing of options, the addition of a new pet to the family doesn’t have to be overly stressful. Keep in mind that when you take on the responsibility that it will be for the pets entire life, and that you need to be the best owner you can be to your new companion and you should do just fine.
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