If you’re considering welcoming a new pet into your home and life, you will not be disappointed. A pet will benefit your life by keeping you active, keeping you healthy, providing you with emotional support, loving you unconditionally, and improving your relationships overall. The question shouldn’t be whether to get a pet, but what pet you should get. According to the Washington Post, “research shows that owners and their pets bond best when the owner has a clear idea of what he wants from his pet.” Choosing Your New Pal Once you have made the decision to get a pet, the next choice is determining what kind of pet to get. If you live in a small space with no fenced-in outdoor areas, you would benefit from a smaller animal, such as a cat, hamster, or small dog. If you enjoy outdoor activities, like runs on the beach or hikes in the woods, you and a high-energy K-9 might be a perfect match. If you have a larger home, a larger pet like a Labrador Retriever wouldn’t get underfoot. If you’re away from home a lot and don’t have ample time to spend with your pet, you should choose an animal that is more independent in nature, such as a fish or cat, who wouldn’t require a walk for exercise or let outside every few hours. If you suffer from allergies, you can look into dogs and cats that produce less dander and have non-shedding coats. Do not impulse buy or adopt a pet; instead, take some time to examine your needs, wants, and lifestyle, and then conduct the research to find your best match. Preparing Your House for Your New Roomie Naturally, the type of pet you choose will ultimately determine what kind of preparations you need to make to your house. Your pet will have certain needs that you should anticipate beforehand. If you have a pet that needs a crate, bed, cage, or tank, buy it ahead of time. Stock your house with food, treats, toys, a litter box, pee pads, and/or newspapers. Safeguard your pet from power cords, choking hazards, and poisonous plants. There is bound to be an occasional mess, and having the right tools on hand to clean up that mess will simplify your life. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner that tackles pet dander and hair, find a model that has a filter which removes allergens, has an attachment for removing hair from small crevices and upholstery, works efficiently, and maneuvers easily. Making the House the Home If you’re welcoming a rescue animal into your family, be sure to prepare yourself and your family ahead of time to have patience and to take cues from the animal of how much and how often to invade in their space. If your pet has a blanket, bed, or toy that has their scent, the scent of their litter, or the scent of a space they are used to, then make sure to bring it with them. Assign each member of your household a pet responsibility that will enable each person to bond with the pet. Especially at the beginning of your relationship with your pet, it is essential to establish trust by having frequent interactions through exercise, play time, and training. Getting a pet may be one of the best decisions you ever make. Remember to take all factors into account when choosing what kind of pet to get, and be sure to properly prepare your home and family for the new addition. Finally, make sure everyone in the family participates in bonding with the pet. You’ll learn a lot of it as you go, but being prepared will help you be a great owner and enjoy the process right from the start. For a pet friendly charter visit us at Pet Jets!