Pet Parents Do's and Don'ts

16/05/2016 0 Comment(s) Other,

First of all let us congratulate you for your big leap, you are now a proud pet parent!

Even if not, we still say you continue reading because we are pretty sure you want to be one in the future. With a little pet, come a lot of responsibilities. Today we’ll discuss about the dos and don’ts of becoming a pet parent. Starting, with the right mind set which you probably have been working on ever since the idea of getting a pet crept into your head, followed by setting the house right. Pet proofing the house is a must.  Here’s a low down-

  • Place all the chemicals, soaps, detergents, laundry supplies, medications, lotions, cosmetics up on high shelves.
  • Keep trash cans covered or inside cabinets, even the toilet lid should be closed so that they don’t fall in or drink from it.
  • Kittens have a habit of sneaking into places like the hood of your car, open washing machines etc, make sure you check before operating any of them.
  • Access to human food should not be allowed not only because of its compatibility but also its packaging.  
  • Plants which can be poisonous to pets should be avoided or grown in hanging pots were the pet cannot reach them.
  • Make sure there are no loose wires or cables to chew on.  
  • No pointy stuff around, kids’ toys, sewing and craft accessories, laundry, shoes are out of their reach.
  • All the heating and air vents should be covered.
  • Spiral staircases which open directly on the surface and any low railings should be barricaded with hyper active pets around.

Also, be generally aware that there is little being around somewhere in your house. You don’t want them to yelp and tell you when you step on their paws or tails.

Next come the bare necessities. Feeding bowls which are the rite size and at the right height for your actively growing pup or kitten. A bed, that is warm and snugly. Pets also need access to varying temperatures throughout the day, make sure they are allowed to roam around the house to figure that out. Chew toys, comforters, cuddle toys, scratching poles, elevated areas for cats to perch on (we don’t ask you to make an overhanging jungle maze in your drawing room but something that is safe and can be supervised by you) are also required.

Veterinary check up is another must do. Take your pup or kitten to a vet as soon as possible for a general check up and get the vaccination and deworming schedule. Your pet should not go out on the road or mingle with any other pets until it has got its shots. The vet will also guide you about the diet that has to be followed.

Training should start the day you bring the pet home. You don’t exactly need to give your dog away for six months to get it trained by a professional. You want to live with a being and not a robot. Enjoy teaching him things on your own. The trainer will not be around the dog forever. Training has to be based on trust, you need to be stern but gentle. Punishing the dog is the worst attitude you can have. It should always be by positive reinforcements, treats and encouragement alone work wonders on their receptive brains. Training doesn’t always mean making the dog do tricks or follow your commands but also to help the dog’s needs get fulfilled as it adjusts to live with humans.

Housebreaking or house-training has to be undertaken so that the pet knows where to go poo poo and pee pee. From training them to go outside in the garden, inside the house in a sand box or making them getting used to walks at particular times of the day will help not only them but you as well. Don’t make the dog get used to a routine which you can’t follow because dogs do not appreciate their routines getting disrupted.

At last, you need to socialise the pet with the people who frequent your home. You don’t want to put the barking, gnawing dog inside a room till your guests leave. It’s important for that reason that the pet gets to meet people when it’s young. Invite neighbours, friends and relatives to meet the new member of your family.

Hope these tips help you raise a fun and healthy pet. Till next time.........happy parenting!