Tips for welcoming a pet

When they ask you about your family, who comes to mind? It is very interesting how the concept has evolved a lot. It is increasingly common for pets to also be considered a very special member of this important group so close to you. This is because, in addition to accompanying us unconditionally, having the love of a dog makes us more active, more connected and happy.

Fortunately, more and more people are looking to welcome a dog into their family, however, where do you start? Don’t worry, you can prepare for this very important event to make it much easier, making the adjustment period easier.

Below, we share the following tips so that both you and your new friend feel comfortable and more adapted to their new home.

Prepare what is necessary for your new pet:

It is important that you get all the accessories that your dog may need, for example: a bowl for his food, another for water, a leash, a collar, a bed and grooming products. Toys also have an interesting role in adaptation. It will help a lot if they know from day one that they can bite and play with them.

Give it identity:

Deciding what his name will be is key in your relationship because it will be very important for him to begin to identify with him and thus respond to your calls. This is perhaps one of the funniest parts. Involve the whole family, bring out your most creative side and choose a name for your new little loin. Once you’ve chosen their name, don’t forget to make their nameplate with their name and your contact details.

Turn your house into a safe place:

It is normal that when your pet arrives at his new home, he becomes curious and eager to explore and get to know his new environment, so you should be careful about exposing him to risky situations. Try to be with him while he knows the whole place, do not leave things within his reach that may make him curious about biting, we recommend that you reduce access to places such as stairs, balconies, pools, cisterns, etc. that may represent a danger to him.

Prepare his food:

You should have your food ready because it plays a very important role for your health. If it is an adopted puppy, remember to ask what food it ate and, if you wish, you can change it, but remember to do it gradually. Processed food offers him a complete and balanced option that will surely adjust to his size and stage of life. Remember that, for example, PEDIGREE® offers a wide variety of products, which include croquettes, wet food or Sachets™, and even snacks and an alternative for your oral care with PEDIGREE® Dentastix. To make feeding an even more special moment, you could include a PEDIGREE® ENVELOPE™ in their daily diet and if you mix it with their usual croquettes, you can create a 100% complete and balanced combination that your dog will love.

Visit to the vet:

Taking your pet to the vet will help you find out about his health status and inform you about the care you should consider for your new friend; from a simple deworming, feeding guide, vaccination card and surgical procedures such as sterilization. Take advantage of that visit to ask all your questions and thus give your pet a good quality of life.

Establish a routine:

Defining meal times, walks, hours of play and even rest, will make your dog adapt and gradually learn about his daily routine. Let’s remember that dogs learn based on positive reinforcement and reward, so dividing these activities among the whole family will increase the bond with everyone.

By following these simple tips, you will see that everything will flow better. Remember that any change requires adaptation time, so keep a positive attitude. Give your pet the opportunity and space to learn.

A puppy, especially if it is adopted, will always thank you for giving it a home and in return it will make you very happy and you will discover your faithful companion in it. Now you are ready to make his arrival home an enjoyable experience that will make all the difference, making him feel welcome, safe, and happy to be with you.

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By Lee Chun Hei