Prepare Your Home for a New Pet
Owning a pet offers many benefits. They make great companions, can help you stay active and healthy, and are loads of fun. Pet ownership can also wreak havoc on your home if you aren’t prepared. Before you make a trip to the pet store, take a few actions to ensure that owning a pet is a pleasant experience for your family. Here are four things you can do to prepare your home for a new pet and protect you and your things at home.
Install a Fence
If your new pet is a dog, consider installing a fence. Dogs of all sizes need to run and play in the fresh air each day. A fenced yard will provide ample space for your new dog to exercise and release energy without getting you into trouble with the neighbors. Fences are available in many different materials. It is best to contact a reputable fencing company like Mills Feance to determine the best type of fence to accommodate your pet.
Assess Your Living Arrangements
Your new pet should complement your current living arrangements, not overwhelm it. If you adopt a Great Dane and live in an efficiency apartment, this is not the most suitable living arrangement for a dog of that size.
Carefully consider the amount of space you have that will accommodate a pet. If you live in confined quarters, consider purchasing a small pet that will not take up much space such as a bird, rabbit, turtle, or cat.
If you do go for a bigger dog, make sure there are nearby parks and spaces where they can run and exercise.
Clean Your Home
Before you adopt a new pet, your home should be cleaned thoroughly from top to bottom. All loose items should be put in their places, and a clearly defined space needs to be made for your new pet. New pets such as dogs and cats can add a peculiar odor to a home that is already filled with debris and clutter. It is important to clean your home so it will smell fresh at all times. Keep a small gate or dog crate in the house for the first few weeks to help them adjust to one area at a time.
Establish and Post Pet Rules and Schedules
Maintaining an orderly home with a pet requires proper management. Create rules and schedules to remind each family member how to care for the pet.
The schedule needs to highlight times for activities such as feeding and exercise. Each person in your family should have a role in caring for the pet. Having rules and schedules will take the guesswork and stress out of pet ownership.
Living with a pet can provide years of enjoyment. By preparing your home in advance, owning a new pet can be a breeze for anyone.
“What You Need to Prepare your Home for a New Pet”
Guest Author: Brooke Chaplan
Brooke is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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3 thoughts on “What You Need to Prepare Your Home for a New Pet”
I like that you advised us to install a fence accordingly to the size of our pet. My wife and I plan to get a dog, specifically, a chihuahua to entertain the kids. We will get proper fencing installation from a fencing company as you advised us to do.
Good points :), this piece also gives a lot of useful information on puppy proofing your home and what to do when your puppy cries at night etc:
I found it pretty useful!
Thanks for your input, Amy. That is a good article. All the best!