When getting a new pet, whether it being a dog, cat, hamster or fish, you may seem a bit lost to begin with. Depending how high maintenance the animal, you may need to adapt your usual routine to fit them in.
It can be daunting to begin with, so Coupans Kennels in Dunblane have some tips to help you along the way.
Like humans, pet obviously need fed. Depending on what you have got, this may be twice daily, once daily or even once a week for some. It is important that you research into how often your pet should be fed. Also the best type of pet food to feed them depending on age, size etc.
Once you know how often, and what you are going to feed them schedule a routine for feeding. Stick to the routine as much as you can, so your pet also becomes aware of when it should be eating. This is especially important for larger pets like dogs and cats.
It's important to treat your pet. This is usually best done with snacks such as chews for dogs, cat biscuits etc. This is a good way to train your pet also, so when they do things properly they know they will get rewarded.
It is just as important to not over treat your dog. You don't want them being too reliant on the extra food and it can also give them health problems.
Try to steer your animal away from 'people' food as these have different nutrients in them. It will also mean they won't expect human food any time someone is eating, which is a bad habit for a pet to pick up.
Depending on your pet, you may have to make sure they get walked/exercise. This is especially important with dogs. They will need walked at least once or twice a day to keep them active. This will also introduce them to doing the toilet outside.
Playing with your pet is also a good way to keep them active from playing fetch or with toys.
The most important thing to remember, is that you need to be patient. Sometimes we forget that animals can understand us. Especially with puppies/kittens, that they are very young. It will take time to train them and for them to learn everything you want them to know.
No pet owner will tell you it is easy, but I'm sure everyone agrees that it is worth it.