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Bringing your New Dog Home

 

 

Congratulations… You’re getting a new dog!

That’s a big decision. And It’s gonna be one of the best things that ever happened to you…  But like all good things they come with price. And that price is going to be a lot of your time, effort, money and parts of your sanity! ?

 

I feel like I keep saying this every time, but it’s really crucial that I kinda have to keep repeating myself..
The first couple of days are very stressful on our pets, and as a responsible dog companion, you should do your best to make sure you ease this transitional phase as much as you can on your new friend. And to do that, we have to do a lot of research and preparations beforehand.

Dogs are like toddlers… Except they never grow up!

 

 

The Ride Home:  ?

Puppies who are not used to riding in cars can get anxious, and may get sick if the ride home is long. So take care and try to make it as stress free as you can.

Don’t bring the whole family. Too many people in the car will increase the dog’s stress level specially if you have excited toddlers with you. However, it’s always better to have someone calm with you in the car to help sooth the dog while you’re driving, and drive steady.

 

 

Preparations:

Preparing your home for your new dog is very important. Specially with puppies. Because puppies are toothing and it hurts, so they can be really destructive if you don’t plan your safety measurements ahead…

 

1. Dog-Proof your home:

  • Get on the floor,
    Checkout if there’s anything your dog may chew, swallow, pee or poop on, and put them away.
    Dogs and specially puppies, LOVE chewing on things like; shoes, cloths, paper, electrical wires. Basically they chew on everything. But on the positive side, you can always replace these things with chew toys.

 

  • Remove any electrical wires,
    and buy those small outlet protectors, to protect your dog from electrocuting himself.

 

  • Remove anything that could be toxic to your dogs like;
    cleaners, detergents, pesticides, herbicides and all those chemical stuff. Put them away somewhere your dog can’t reach. And NEVER use them around your dogs.

 

  • Careful when cleaning your floors;
    some dogs enjoy licking the floor for different reasons, like finishing off food crumbs from the floor. And Harmful chemical residues from hard floor cleaners are toxic to dogs.
    Sometimes the effect is instant and sometimes it could hurt them over time. So try switching to Non-Toxic, all natural cleaners, look at the ingredients before buying them, and be careful.

 

  • Some plants are toxic to dogs;
    so make sure you do your research and remove any dogs toxic plants, and make sure all your plants are pet friendly.

 

  • Remove any sharp objects;
    I know this may sound obvious, but honestly we all need  little reminders for those little things.

 

  • Close your windows;
    Remember when we said that; dogs are like toddlers! Curiosity and over excitement can cause accidents.

 

 

2. Food, water and serving bowls:New Dog - dog Food bowl - petsoholic

  • Ask about your dog’s current diet;
    It’s very important to ask the previous owner what kind of food was he feeding your dog?
    Because a sudden change in diet could upset his/her stomach.
    If you want to work on changing his diet; go slowly, and make small changes daily on a period of 2 weeks. Depending on your dog’s breed, age, and your budget. Make sure to do a lot of research, read and ask your vet to make sure you can give him the best nutritional value, and to know what to avoid, so he can be happy and healthy.
  • Have some Yummy treats

⚠️ Don’t depend on myths and word of mouth from inexperienced dog owners, or show-offs. Ask the right person, or better ask your trusted vet. 

 

  • Food and water bowls;
    The best bowls material are; stainless steel ones. They’re durable, easy to clean, and safe for your dogs.
    And avoid plastic bowls;
    Because, your dog may end up chewing his bowl, and it’s very dangerous if he swallows the little pieces.
    And plastic can accumulate harmful bacteria, which consequently hurts your dog.

 

  • Keep it clean;
    “If you don’t like eating in a dirty bowl… Then why should he?!”

    Dirty plates accumulate germs and bacteria which can make your dog sick. So clean up the bowls, and give it a quick rinse after every meal, just as we would with our own plates.
    Make sure to wash their water bowls and change their water regularly.

 

3. Get a safety gate, a crate or get Creative:New Dog - safety gate

To avoid any house-training accidents, It’s very advisable to block a certain area in your home at the beginning, rather than letting him roam across the house, specially when you’re not around.  And then gradually start giving him more and more space.

 

4. Stain Remover

Get a dog’s stain remover and keep it handy, or you can make your own natural recipe at home because, accidents may happen, and you’ll need to get that as quickly as possible.
Personally, I prefer going for the natural home recipe, because the less chemicals you use the healthier you and your dog will be. Needless to say, that it is defiantly the cheaper choice.

New Dog - spray-bottle

How to Create your own Home-made stain remover:
You will need:

Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Water.
Mix Up 50% Water with 50% Vinegar in a spray bottle. and follow these steps;

Step 1: Step 1 If he did a “No.2”, Get a plastic bag or scoop and instantly remove it. If he did a “No.1”, Get a paper towel, and leave it to soak…

Don’t Rub it or you’ll spread it, just leave it to soak for a couple of seconds.

Step 2: Step 2 Now, Spray the area with the water and vinegar spray, that you prepared earlier, and leave it for a few minutes.

Step 3: Step 3 While the area is still wet, spread some baking soda on it. And that helps absorbing any bad odor.

Step 4: Step 4 Finally, after its dry, vacuum the area, and you have a clean,  fresh smelling floor, carpet, or whatever surface area you are on.

Important Note: Don’t use this mixture if you have marble floors, because marble may react to the acidity in the vinegar, and cause some sort of discoloration in the area.

 

5. Give Him Toys… Or he’ll Claim your shoes!

Because puppies are teething, their teeth hurts and they really need to chew. So if you don’t want your walls, magazines, cables, remote New Dog - dog claims shoescontrol and your favorite shoes chewed on, you have to get them chewing-toys.

Look for high quality but cheaper versions, because they will get destructed and you will have to repurchase them again and again. However, if you want to save money and have some fun, then you can always go for the Home-Made versions. But make sure they are safe for your dog, that they don’t have any harmful chemicals, colors, small particles that your dog can swallow and the right safety measurements for your dog breed.

 

 

6. Grooming kit:New Dog - Dogs grooming - petsoholic

You will need:

Gentle dog shampoo, Nail clipper, the right brush for your dog’s coat, and hair trimmer

Or you can always go to a vet or a dog groomers to do it for you. But doing it at home, is much cheaper. But, if you are new with dogs, I advice you go to groomers at least the first couple of times, ask them all you need to ask, and then do it yourself when you think you are ready to do it without hurting your little guy.

 

7. Bed:

Your dog needs a place to sleep. So you need to get him a comfortable bed, with the right material. Depending on the weather where you live, the breed and the size of your dog. Make sure you pick up the right size and material, so that your dog ends up actually using his bed.

 

8. Collar, Identification tag, and leash:

New Dog - Dog ID Tag

I guess you already know that, but dog collars and very important. Because they will allow you to have more control on your dog in

emergency situations, and If God forbids your dog ever runs away or gets lost, you are more likely to find him if he does have his collar and his ID on, with his name and your phone number printed on it.
And make sure you get the appropriate, comfortable Collar, leash’s size and material, for your specific dog.

Microchipping your dog will also help you find him in case you lost him or if he got stolen.

 

 

Settling in: 

  • Put in mind that he needs some time and space to get used to his new environment, new people, new sounds, new smells and getting over his separation anxiety from his old life.  So make sure that the house is calm, and that you have no guests coming for the first couple of days. And If you have kids, sit and talk to them on how to properly interact with the dog, to make sure everything goes right, to help your new dog settle in his new home.
  • Keep constant supervision on your dog, and give extra time and attention. Involve him and get him accustomed to your daily routine.

 

  • Make sure you establish your house rules and routines from day one. Take him out for potty, going for walks, and watch for the signs, and give him praise every time he goes potty in the right place.
  • If you have other pets, make sure to properly introduce them, so no accidents may occur.
  • Make sure to involve him in your daily routine, so he can get used to it.

 

Remember to; walk your dog everyday, give him lots of toys, love and attention. And try to keep him stimulated. The more you exercise your dog, the less he will embrace destructive habits.

 

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Birds Home

Bird’s First Day Home

Expecting your new bird home?

So after putting a lot of thought and research to it, you have decided on your Perfect Match. And it’s time to bring your new feathered friend home.

 

Adding a New member to the family can be pretty exciting for us. However, to our pets, moving day is probably one of the most stressful days these animals have to go through. So, as a responsible companion, we should do our best to ease this transitional phase as much as we can to our beloved pets.
And making them feel at home, is a bit different when it comes to birds.

When dealing with cats and dogs, whose ancestors have been new Bird first day home_Petsoholictamed for millions of generations, is one thing. But with birds… It’s a whole different story. And chances of anxiety are even higher if the bird’s adopted or have been mistreated before.

These first few days with your bird are very important in establishing your relationship. And thus, we have to be prepared beforehand.

I. Preparations:

1. Bird Proof your home/ bird’s room:

I can’t stress enough how important it is to bird proof your home or your bird’s room. If you just try to google how much stories and accidents birds owners tell. You would know why this is extremely crucial for your birds safety.

Some plants are toxic to birds, so make sure you do your research and remove any toxic plants.

Make sure all windows are closed. And make sure to close your lovebirds-pettsoholic_Bird's first day homecurtains to avoid crashing accidents. Because birds brains cannot comprehend the concept of “Glass walls” on their own.

Make sure the stove, fans, air conditioners and any machine that could potentially harm your bird is off and far away from the bird’s room.

Don’t use any air fresheners, bugs sprays, perfumes, toxic fumes, or basically anything that could potentially harm our respiratory system as “humans” for even 1% around your birds.
Because, their respiratory systems are extremely sensitive, and many of these things could not just harm them, but may actually kill your birds.

Remove any Electrical wires, sharp objects, mirrors, and any other object that birds could chew on or crash into and harm themselves.

Remove any wooden item you care about. Birds, and more specifically parrots just love to chew things. And their favorite choice is always wood. So remove any wooden or basically any item that you really care for away from your birds, and make sure you place several chewing toys for them instead.

 

2. Preparing the Cage:

Assuming you have already done your research, chose your matching bird, and the proper cage size for him. Now the first thing you need to do is; to prepare the cage your bird is going to be settling in.
Buy the right food, perches, bird stand and toys for your bird’s specific breed, and have them ready inside the cage.

It’s important to; ask the previous owner or the bird’s shop about his diet. Because sudden changes could cause digestive problems and even more stress. However, you can always change up your bird’s diet slowly if you think his current diet is not very healthy for him.

 

 3. Cage Placement:

No matter what type of bird you’re bringing home, there are certain common rules to placing their cages.
Now where should you place the cage?

‣ Ideally, you should place the cage in a room where the family spends most of their time. However, if you have a toddler or another pet, then you should place the cage in a quieter room specially for the first few days until the bird is less anxious and starts to get to know and trust you enough. Then you can move the cage.

‣ Place the cage on a higher ground.
Birds are prey animals. So in the wild they tend to feel safer standing at the highest points of the trees, where no animals could reach them, and they can see everything. The closer they are to the ground, the more stressed and vulnerable they can feel. So place the cage at the highest place you can.

Place the cage against a wall.
At least one side of the cage should be leaning to a wall. This will automatically give the birds a less space to be examining for predators. Which will make them less stressful.

Don’t place the cage in the kitchen. Even though, this is a popular choice to many people. However, birds respiratory system is very sensitive and all the fumes from the stove, cooking and cleaning materials can be very harmful to your birds. Needless to say, the  number of dangerous things that are placed in there like; knives and other sharp objects.

Don’t place the cage in a balcony or outdoors, unless you are sitting there with them. Because again, parrots are  animals, and placing a cage in such places can attract a lot of predators like hawks, eagles, cats and so many others. And the bird being in a cage, cannot defend himself or even fly away, will probably be eaten.

II. Settling in:

It’s important to Remember that, Birds are prey animals. And the way you approach your bird will decide whether he should see you as an enemy, or a flock member.

1. The Ride Home:

As humans, our first instinct to comfort things is to interact and talk to them.

Don’t talk to your bird on the ride home. Warning on Google Android 8.0

After meeting your bird for the first time, place him in his travel cage, get him in your car and drive home.
Don’t talk to him on the ride home, and don’t try to calm him down with your voice, or to tell him how excited you are to take him home.

I know you’re probably gonna wanna talk to your bird, but It’s very important to remember again how much he is traumatized right now.And this will probably be the first time he’s hearing your voice.
So, don’t let their brain link your voice to stressful emotion, and later on, every-time he hear your voice, his brain will give him the same signals it gave him under stress.

You always want to create positive mind links between you and your bird.

Personally, when I bring home a new bird, I like turning on some soft soothing music in a very low volume, close the windows, and drive home.

 

2. Arriving Home:

It’s very important to avoid any enthusiastic, loud voices and sudden movements with or around the bird when he arrives home.

Place him in his new cage, and try not to hold him if possible. Just open the travel cage door in-front of his main cage, and let him fly in on his own.
It’s very important from the first day, to let your bird know that he is not going to be forced into anything.

‣ Don’t try to hold him as soon as you come home, or place your fingers through his cage.
I know how much you will want to hold your bird, and give him lots and lots of kisses… And you will get there, just not yet.

‣ Talk to him in soothing calm voice, sing and read to him. Let him hear and learn your voice and let him see you.
Allow him to get to know you from a distance, and slowly move closer and closer as your relationship evolves.
Respect your bird’s boundaries so you don’t break the circle of trust between you.

‣ Moreover, sometimes a bird will refuse to eat on his/her first day because they’re very nervous. But that’s okay. So don’t panic, Just comfort him, give him some space and let him settle in.

 

Interacting with the bird – The First couple of days:

For the next few day, let him see you going about, talk to him, and talk in-front of him. Yet,  give him some space to see you and your family.

NEVER approach your bird from behind, or take him by surprise. But rather, approach him from the front and don’t look directly into his/her eyes.

At this point, the bird is getting to know you and understand your routines and behaviors, just as you are getting to know his. So open his cage door, and just go about with your life.

Change his food and water regularly while talking to him in  a calm voice and observing his body language.

The Most Important thing in any relationship is trust. Gain your Bird’s trust, and you get a long, happy life with an amazing, and affectionate Companion…

However, depending on your bird’s personality and the bird’s breed, let him go by his own pace, and your relationship with him will evolve one day at a time.

 

Never take it personally

Birds are very smart and moody. And it’s totally normal to have a certain progress with your birds, but then someone makes a mistake, and tomorrow his back to stage 1 in your relationship.
So just give it time, depending on where he came from, how he was treated before and some other genetic details…

Some birds would take a few days to tame, while other may take up to a year or more. Just be patient and give them a lot of your time, and lots and lots of unconditional love. 

 

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Hope you found that useful.. I’ll See you next time ✌️