How To Choose The Perfect Pet For You

There is nothing quite like the relationship between a pet and its owner. You love each other unconditionally, even after they chew up your favorite pair of shoes, or use the good furniture for a scratching post. Having a pet is rewarding in so many ways, but finding the perfect one can sometimes be difficult.

There are many breeds of dogs and cats, and they all have very different qualities. So, how do you decide what qualities to look for in your new pet, and figure out which breed is a perfect fit for you?

How to Introduce New Pets to Existing Pets

Pets, in their deep instinctual psyches, have a distrust of strangers, individuals from outside of their tribes or extended families. Animals are individuals, each with his and her mixture of genetics and early environmental factors, almost like human beings. Any instructions about handling animals always come with the proviso that you have to avoid complete generalizations, and look at the behavior of each individual.

Here are some ways to ensure that you choose a pet that has a better chance of getting along with your existing pets, and some tips for weathering the transition smoothly.

Getting Your Dog Used to Your New House

Bringing home a new dog can be one of the most joyous experiences of your life, but you have to make sure you have a solid plan to avoid some of the pitfalls that can lead to problems down the road. You also need to be patient. 

Acclimating a new dog to your home can take as long as two months, so be sure you’re in it for the long haul. And remember, your new family member doesn’t understand what you’re saying. He learns what is and isn’t allowed from how you behave, your tone of voice, what rules you set, and all of the nonverbal cues you give him. 

Here are 7 tips the Humane Society recommend to acclimate your new dog to your home: