The best present ever… a new puppy or kitty, Yes! Before you do you must puppy and kitty proof. If you are welcoming a new addition to your family this Christmas or Chanukah please prepare. As wonderful and exciting as this is for you and other family members there must be preparation and guide lines. Please do your homework. Those first few hours can be frightening for them as they have left behind a warm and cozy home with other siblings to come live with you and be part of your family. So please provide them with love, companionship and cuddling. Just like a new baby puppies and kittens immediately begin learning behavioral patterns. I have included some tips on how to get you wonderful new bundle acclimated to their new surroundings. If you are adopting an older pet the same rules should still apply with some modification. It is also a good idea to research your pets history and know your breed
1. Make sure to have plenty of play toys, treats, soft blankets or bed for them to cuddle. For kittens they like warm cuddly sheltered spots, so make sure you have a box or a place to set up for him or her to feel secure, a litter box for proper training, scratch pad and treats for rewards. Dogs love a soft blanket or a cozy plush dog bed. If crate training, make sure that it has a lining a pad and toy. I do not recommend leaving a dog in a crate the first few nights. If you have a room that you can close off with a gate, it could be the way to go. It is important to be present for you pet, they will need you to feel safe in their new environment. After the first few days there will be barking and wining if you have a puppy. Remember to be loving yet firm when training.
2. Stock the appropriate dog or cat food in the house. Your young ones will need different nutrients then an older one. Check with your vet or a respectable company for recommendations. Organic and freeze-dried is a good way to go. Try to purchase products made in the USA. Stella & Chewy’s are a fav of mine.
3. Puppy and kitty proofing is a must! Dangling or hanging cords, lit candles, plugs, etc are not so good. Keep cabinets, washer and dryer doors closed. Cats love to hide in warm places. Remember dogs love to chew and eat anything so be extra careful not to leave things lying around that can make them choke or give them and upset stomach
4.You are creating a special bond with your pet as build your relationship. When you beginning training you must be consistent patient allowing your pet to understand the difference between right and wrong, make sure to give them a chance to understand the commands your teaching. Reward them with a treat, make learning for them fun and an enjoyable experience with praise when they do things right with your pet as build your relationship. When you beginning training you must be consistent patient allowing your pet to understand the difference between right and wrong, make sure to give them a chance to understand the commands your teaching. Reward them with a treat, make learning for them fun and an enjoyable experience with praise when they do things right they will remember and do it your way.