First Time Pet Owner? How to Be a Great Pet Parent
Written by Guest Blogger, Jessica Brody
The first few days, weeks, or months after bringing home a new pet are a special time. This is a time of transition and bonding. Many pet owners develop deep bonds with their pets and think of them more as “children” than pets. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that there are differences between children and pets and that there will always be some confusion for both you and your pet at times. Here are some tips that can help any first-time pet owner soften the transition period so you can build a strong, healthy relationship with your new “fur baby.”
Pet ownership requires – and teaches – patience. We develop incredible bonds with our beloved pets, but those bonds take time. Try not to get frustrated if things aren’t progressing as quickly as you think they “should.” While you are learning patience, your pet will be developing comfort in a new home and possibly even learning to communicate with you.
“Whatever works” is not a good training method when it comes to pets. A well-behaved pet is a pet whose owner(s) dedicated time to pet training. Training is also important because it builds trust, communication, and a stronger bond between you and your pet. Don’t stress if you’re struggling to train your pet; there are many professional pet trainers out there who are happy to help you.
Pet grooming is an art form – and especially for long-haired breeds, it is one that must be taken seriously. Some breeds require regular grooming from a professional groomer, while others are lower maintenance. Check with your vet or groomer to see what types of grooming are required for your breed, and to find out if there’s any grooming you can do at home (such as baths or nail trimming).
Choose the right food for your pet. Ask your vet if you should get a specific type of food, or if there are any allergies or health conditions you should consider when purchasing food for your pet.
Just like health insurance, it is possible to get pet insurance for your pet. This is one way to protect yourself from large, unexpected veterinary bills down the road. There are various different companies providing pet insurance these days. It’s easier than ever to shop around, get some quotes, and find the right brand of pet insurance for you.
As any pet owner will gladly tell you, owning a pet can be incredibly rewarding. However, it also takes an incredible amount of work, dedication and responsibility. Your heart may swell with love the first time you bring your pet home. However, as a first time pet owner, you might also feel uncertain about what to expect. By following the tips listed above, it is possible to reduce the overwhelm so you can be the best possible pet parent to your new fur baby!