You wake up Christmas morning, you enter the family room, and under the tree, there it is. Dressed in a big bow, or maybe even scratching from inside a hole filled box, (though I would hope not), a new puppy. Yes, it happened. Santa answered the prayers and checked that new puppy off of your Christmas list. The kids are squealing and the house is filled with "ooh's and aah's", and the discussion of what to name it is turning into a laughable argument. It has happened to many households across the land, yours is not the first, nor will be the last. But what happens the day after, after the holiday wears on, and the house is getting back to its own level of normal. You have a new real live being to keep a handle on, so just a few things to consider when taking on that new family member.
Pets are just as much for them as you. Just like you have a acquired a new family member, they have acquired a new family as well. Don't be too hard on the little scamp, take some time to get to know the little fellow, his mannerisms, her likes, and discomforts, though pets are very intelligent and trainable, they do still carry their own personalities.
Consider your work schedule, and how to train around it. Even thru the holiday break, keep in mind your schedule for work to better coincide with feedings and outdoor time, and being sure not to have the new little love, hidden in a crate for too many hours in the day. Establishing this schedule early will make for easier times down the road.
Keep cost upfront to a minimum, it can be easy to hit the pet store and go overboard, when looking at all the cute things and accessories when getting a new pet, the colorful leashes and collars, the bedazzled pet beds, the treats, oh the list can go on. Keep in mind though, the vet visits, the essentials,(training pads, crates or kennels) and a simple leash just to get started. As you don't need to buy things that your new mate could end up, not being interested in or worse being allergic to.
Just a few tips, to help you get used to your new mate. Hope that help.
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