Congratulations On The New Family Addition!!

Having a new pet is so exciting and can create such great memories, and an unbreakable bond between you and your new furry friend! With all this excitement, here at Fire Hydrant Pet Sitting, we would like to share a view tips to make sure the transition goes well for you and your pet to guarantee they will feel right at home!

Having a pet for the first time or just in awhile can be a little nerve wrecking. Having a pet is a commitment. They rely on you, and depending on the breed of the pet, they may require lots of attention from you. As a professional pet sitter and dog walker we get questions like:

How do I know the dog needs to go potty?

Can my pet eat human food?

Will it be okay if I leave my pet in a crate? 

With all of our experience combined, along with being dog and cat parents ourselves, we have accumulated 5 super easy + simple tips to ensure you and your new pet a happy will be okay and will have a bond for a lifetime! 

1. It Takes Time

We hear from a handful of clients that when they adopt a pet, they expected a miraculous moment where the pet and the owner were just best friends immediately. Where the pet is like all those cute animal photos and videos you see on social media. That may not always be the case!

Every pet is different and has its own personality. Some are more skittish or more hyper than others. Some require more training than others, and have their own way of communicating with you. It all just depends. That is why is it very important to do a bit of research on the pet and/or breed that you plan to adopt before adopting it. Each pet is going to adjust differently, and it may be very strange for them. So please, be very patient with your new furry friend.

For dogs and cats, give them a safe place like a crate, a bed area, or just a place for them to hide. That will be there “safe zone”. It takes time for them to adjust. Give it up to a week or two for them to get into a routine.

2. Have a Routine

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Having a routine will help greatly with the pets adjusting to their new environment. Dogs and cats are creatures of habit. If you are going to feed them twice a day, once in the morning at 7:30am and once again at 6:00pm, make sure to stick with that routine. With our cats, they know we wake up at certain time and will come meowing into our bedroom waiting to be fed. This will help them adjust and feel at home.

3. Have Supplies Handy and Ready To Go

Before you adopted, I hope you were able to get all the supplies necessary to take care of the pet. If not, it’s time to go shopping! Keep in mind that the pet may or may not like the things you buy them. AND THAT’S OKAY! At first, it will be a bit of a guessing game because again you and the pet are both trying to figure each other out.

Here is a recommends supplies list of things to get for your new pet! We have included a few optional items that may help you find out what works best for them:

For Cats:

  • Litter Box
  • Cat Litter
  • Cat Food
  • Cat Bowls (food and water)
  • Cat Toys — Balls, Mice Toys, Laser
  • Cat Brush
  • Cat Tower/Bed
  • Shoe box (makes great hiding places!)

For Dogs:

  • Crate/Dog Bed
  • Dog Collar/harness and Leash
  • Poop Bags
  • Dog Bowls (food and water)
  • Dog Food
  • Dog Toys — Tennis Balls, Rope Toys, Squeaky Toys, Stuffed Animals (if your pet is safe with them!)
  • Dog Brush

Toys can be a great distraction for your pet to relieve some stress, anxiety, and/or boredom while you are at home or away. With feeding time, feed the pet in the same place to help with their routine and familiarity of knowing where their stuff is.

4. Be Strong (Don't give into those cute puppy or kitten eyes)

Be stern with your new pet. Remember, this is your home and you are paying the bills. If you want your new puppy to be kennel trained, stick to it and get them trained. If you don’t want your pet on the couch, then don’t let them on the couch. They may look at you with those sweet innocent round dark eyes, but you can not give into it!

In the beginning, it is very important to stay strong and establish rules. They may not like it at first, but I promise it will be okay and it gets better.

5. Important Things to Remember

This is being a ‘Pet Parent’ thing is easier than it sounds! Just make sure to give lots of love to your new furry friend, and make sure they know you are there for them. Below I have listed a few things that first time pet owners must know:

  • Do not feed animals human food. Granted, there are some vegetables and recipes that are healthy for your pet. But please, please do your research before feeding it to your pet. There are lots of ingredients out there that can be very toxic to your pet.
  • Stay Calm. Animals are smarter than you may think. They read your emotions and it can affect their moods. If you are angry with them, they can sense it. Be patient and loving to them. Everything will be okay!
  • Don’t be afraid to hire a dog trainer, or take your dog to classes. If you are experiencing weird or unusual behaviors with your pet, or just want to sharpen their skills, find a local dog trainer to come help. Do not give up on your pet, when it could be an easy and a simple solution. Dog trainers can do wonders! Even taking your dog to an obedient class can go a long way!
  • Keep your pet area clean. Make sure the pet has fresh water, clean bowls, clean litter boxes and litter box area, etc.! Keeping their area clean will help you and the pet. Even though they can’t tell you, they will appreciate it greatly and sense your love for them.

Adding a furry friend to the family is so rewarding, and the bond that is shared between you and the pet is for life. With these 5 simple basic tips, I hope they will help with a smooth transition to welcoming your new pet to their forever home. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send us an email (hello@firehydrantpetsitting.com)

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