When you are welcoming a new dog home, you have quite some work ahead of you. From preparing the dog’s pen to putting out water, you need to have a lot of time on your hands and if you have a job; you likely don’t have that much time. To get some quality time with your new family member, helping them settle in to their new house and making sure that they have everything they need. You might want to take paid or unpaid ‘pawternity leave’ to make sure you have some extra time with your dog.
What to Expect While Adopting?
Before adopting, there are a few things that you should know. One of them is that the adoption process is not as simple as walking into a shelter and picking the cutest dog and leaving. It takes time. You will need to get the dog checked by a vet. Most shelters let you take dogs for check ups before adopting while larger shelters have in-house vets.
Also, reach out to some local organisations. Most of them will schedule home visits and help you puppy proof your house. Be ready to give them basic information like your background with pets, etc. By the time the big day comes around, you should have some basic things ready.
Why Taking ‘Pawternity Leave’ Is Good For Your Dog
The real work begins when you bring your dog home. That’s also when the ‘pawternity leave’ becomes so important. The concept is catching on as employers realise that dogs are important family members and change your life significantly.
Getting a dog is a significant life change and you need a lot of time to settle in to the new routine. Whether your employer offers paid leave or not, it is something that you should consider.
How To Build Trust
The point of ‘pawternity leave’, other than to set up all your pet’s stuff is to spend quality time with your dog and build trust.
1. Start Slow
You don’t want to take your dog to meet every single family member you have as soon as you get him/her. Stay within 100m of your house for the first 2 days.
2. Have Fun
Play around with toys, teach your dog to fetch.