Bringing Your Pet Home

Congratulations! You’re bringing home a new furry friend of the family. Whether it’s your first time adopting or you’ve already had pets before, there are some things you need to know about welcoming your new pet into your home.

Preparing for the new addition.

As your new pet comes home, it’s important to prepare your home for their arrival. You’ll need to buy a crate, bed and toys for them, as well as a leash and harness if you plan on taking your pet outside often. If you’re flying with him as well, make sure you get a carrier that meets airline requirements!

House training.

House training is an important part of pet ownership. For many first-time pet owners, it can be challenging to teach your new furry friend not to go in the house and how to go outside instead. House-training is a trial and error process that will take time and patience on your part, but with the right approach, it will be worth it when your puppy or kitten starts going potty outside!

As they grow up, puppies learn what behaviors are acceptable in their environment by observing you (the primary caregiver) and other humans around them, as well as their experiences with other animals (such as littermates). Cats are different because they’re mostly solitary animals who develop life skills on their own rather than through interactions with others of their species. It’s important not to humanize cats too much because they don’t think like we do!

Feeding time.

After you get your pet home, be sure to feed them. Pets love food and will be excited about eating. They can eat any time of the day or night, but it is best not to feed them after midnight because they might have trouble sleeping later on (humans are more likely than animals to suffer from insomnia).

The best way for a new owner to monitor their pet’s health is by looking at their weight. If your animal is too heavy or too thin, that means something isn’t right with them. Be sure not to overfeed your furbaby; if they’re getting chunky, try upping the amount of exercise they get each day until they’re back in shape!

Keeping your pet healthy.

Keeping your pet healthy can be a challenge, but it’s important to make sure that your new family member stays happy and healthy from the start. Prevention is key, so you should have your veterinarian give vaccinations and flea/tick prevention treatments within a few days of bringing your pet home. Heartworm prevention should begin as soon as possible (before the first mosquito bite!) and dental care should be started right away as well. Your vet will also likely recommend spaying or neutering for puppies and kittens 6 months old or older, depending on their sex drive. You may want to consider behavioral training classes if you notice any issues with behavior at home or in public settings!


Everyone knows that socialization is important for your puppy, but did you know that it’s just as important to keep up with after they’re home? Socializing helps build confidence and reduces stress. A dog who has been well-socialized will be less likely to bark at the sound of fireworks or run away when they encounter other dogs. They’ll also be more likely to behave around people and animals, which means fewer trips back to the vet for vaccinations or injuries.

Socialization should happen from an early age—puppies should meet new humans and other animals early on in their lives so that these experiences don’t scare them later on in life when something new happens (like a loud noise). The key here is “newness.” You want your pup to feel comfortable being around all sorts of different things, so introduce them slowly and let them get used to each thing at their own pace!

Where will your pet sleep?

The most important thing is to keep the bed in a quiet area. Pets can get stressed by loud noises, so it’s best not to place a new bed next to the television or stereo. The same goes for drafts; your pet will sleep better if their bed is on a hard surface that won’t make noise when they move around in it.

In general, try to avoid placing the new bed near sources of heat or sound.

You and your pet will be great together!

You are going to be a great pet owner! Your fur baby will love you and be happy, healthy and well-behaved. You will love your pet, and your pet will love you back. It’s a win-win situation for both of you. You’re going to make an excellent team—the kind of team that is made up of two people who really understand each other’s needs and wants, which is why it worked out well when I brought home my new puppy last month!


There’s no doubt that bringing your pet home is a huge milestone, but it doesn’t have to be scary. With the right preparation and patience, you will both learn to love each other. Don’t worry if your dog or cat gets into trouble right away—that just means they’re adjusting! If you have any questions about what to expect or how best to prepare for bringing home your furbaby, feel free to contact us at We know first-hand what it takes because we are pet parents too!

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