Some of us think that adopting a new pet is a cakewalk. But we have to actually take the headlong plunge to realize what it takes to bring home a new member. We are too often induced into buying new pets after seeing them at some friend’s or relative’s place. But the responsibility that comes with it is paramount. So, before going for adoption we should be clear in our minds as to why we need a pet. Unless we have a determined purpose we wouldn’t be able to do justice to our pooch buddies.
There are certain things that should be kept in mind before going for adoption.
1. People normally go for adoption after losing a beloved family member or a pet. The sorrow is so profound that under these circumstances it becomes difficult to do proper justice to the new family member. However, the poor animal is oblivious to these happenings. So he seeks out your love and attention. In case you aren’t able to come to terms with your grief don’t go for adoption immediately. Give yourself time to cool down first and then take stock of
2. If you wish to make your children disciplined, compassionate and loving, you can adopt a pet. Children who grow up with dogs nurture a feeling of unity and oneness. Teach them to respect animals and in this way they would learn to treat everybody around them on an equal footing.
3. We are more used to seeing dogs in the role of a protector. But you should always remember that they are more of a companion rather than a protector.
4. When you bring home a new member you should be able to adapt yourself to the changes in your lifestyle.
5. People who live on their own are usually inclined towards adopting a pet. But always remember that you have no one by your side to help you with your doggy chores. So, you should be self sufficient and just in case you are getting butterflies in your stomach you can brush up your training skills at an animal shelter, or by looking after an animal or watching a friend’s or relative’s pet.
6. Every time you move into a different surrounding you have to retrain your pet because they take time to get accustomed to a new environment.
7. If you plan to adopt a pet before the arrival of your first child you have to take extra precaution. It has been observed that once the couple’s first child arrives, the pet starts feeling forlorn. So, right from the very beginning you have set the rules in such a way so that your pet’s life doesn’t get jeopardized.
8. For some people pets are a welcome relief after their children leave home for higher studies or for work. Initially, pets can be very endearing but gradually they may start restricting your freedom.
9. Before adopting a pet think about your age, size of your residence and the number of family members. Also keep in mind whether you are a traveloholic or a home-oriented person and accordingly buy a pet. Small pets are suitable to travel with but big dogs aren’t.
These simple guidelines can actually help you to set fixed goals before adopting a pet.