Important Dos and Don’ts When Getting a New Pet


Getting a new pet is among the most exciting steps in life. For most of us, this marks a life-changing moment. Just like every other relationship, acquiring a new pet may come with mixed feelings. You can only hope that your relationship with the new dog or cat thrives.

Bringing a new pet is usually a treat for everyone. However, things might get a little bit murky after the homecoming creating an anxious mood between you and your pet. A stressed and upset puppy or cat will cause your relationship to sink in just a few days. When the relationship fails to work out, you may be forced to find another home for your pet, and this is inhumane.

New pet ventures require you to research extensively regarding the intended animal. This is where most of us fail. Take time to learn about your desired pet. Be assured of rainbows and sunshine after the homecoming. Below are just a few tips to help as you start this new adventure.

Pre-Plan Adequately for the Dog

Most of us thrive in random living, a life where you just wake up and get your puppy with no preparation whatsoever. However, as much as we love randomness, getting a new pet requires proper preparation. Most sad dog/human relationships are brought about by hasty adoption.

Set the time to think of the exact breed you want to purchase. Visualize your ideal pet’s size, age, health status, and sociability. Also, how much is your pet able to give and receive affection?

Also, invest in proper infrastructure for your new best friend. Plan for what you’ll require to contain your dog or cat. Do you need sliding door hardware for the sliding door that keeps your new pet out of your living room? Do you need a pet crate? Proper preparation makes it a lot easier to live with your dog.

Make Your Space a Welcome Home

Pets are loving. But just like babies, they require lots of attention. Adopting a new puppy is equivalent to having a new-born infant, only dogs have different needs.

Your new pet should have all the freedom to explore his new home. It’s up to you to dog-proof your home. Create a play area for your dog, somewhere they can get messy.

Your dog needs a lot of house training. Train your dog to stay away from the baby’s room and where to relieve himself appropriately. In just a few days, he’ll get the gist of it. And you can get to run outdoor errands without worrying about finding messes.

It’s your responsibility to help your pet acclimate to the new surroundings. Don’t tell him off when he seems stressed and unhappy. Build your pet’s confidence, but never make him feel uncomfortable in his home.

Show Affection Appropriately

Your new dog or cat is your best friend. He deserves all the love. If you’re going to get a new pet, ensure you can spend quality time with him. Quality time strengthens your bond and reduces stress and anxiety.

Your pet should associate you with love and a little authority. Generally, pets love to be hugged and cuddled. If the pet recoils when you go in for a hug, then there’s something you’re doing wrong.

Cats enjoy strokes on their backs and gentle rubs under the chin. On the other hand, dogs love being petted on the neck, shoulders, and chest. Avoid under-belly rubs unless invited. Tail wagging, purring, and leaning are signs that your pet is enjoying.

Don’t Skip Vet Visits

Despite knowing your pet better than anyone, you might miss signs of illness. For most dogs and cats, sickness may slip away unnoticed. Your veterinarian must carry out annual nose-to-tail examinations. This will help to detect illnesses at an early stage. With proper assessment, even the most subtle changes in your pet’s health can be diagnosed and treated early on.

In case you notice any change in your pet’s mood and behavior, always consult a vet. Never self-administer medication unless prescribed.

Don’t Love Your Pet With Food

You’ll always have the urge to show love by treating your pet. However, over-indulgence is the quickest way to harm your little friend. Research on the proper diet and ensure your pet eats the healthiest possible snacks. You could always consult the vet on matters regarding nutrition.

If you’re going to reward your pet, go for healthier alternatives. This will significantly reduce the risk of illness and excess weight. Having a pet is incredibly awesome but requires a lot of work. Keep the above tips to heart. And be sure to have a thriving relationship with your new friend.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. monique s says

    great info. I have different types of pets and you really do need to prepare on how to socialize them