Key tips for welcoming in a newbie member of the family

If you’ve just brought home a new pet, it can be hard to know where to start with getting them settled in.

But there are a few important things to consider.

You need to ensure they have sufficient housing so that they are safe from the elements, as well as any predators.

Cats and dogs need a pet door installed to go outside when they need to.

When you bring a new pet home, you need to have training in the forefront of your mind, as you only have one chance to instill good habits into your dog.

It doesn’t matter how well-suited your home is to your pet. If your pet is undisciplined, it will be a constant pain to have in the house.

We want to avoid this by starting on the right foot with firm yet kind boundaries for pet behaviour.

Get their housing right

One of the first things you need to think about when bringing a new pet into your home is their housing needs.

There is more on offer these days than your traditional outdoor dog kennel. 

At Pinnacle Hardware, we have an extensive range of dog houses, including an inside dog kennel – our Pet Haus – and many outdoor dog kennel varieties. 

When you consider buying an inside dog kennel, as well as one for outdoors, you are giving your pet more flexibility.

Even when they are indoors, they have their own designated space, which is good for avoiding allergy flare-ups that can occur when pets nap on the couch constantly. 

An inside dog kennel provides a feeling of security for your dog, as the Pet Haus sides and roof combine to create a smaller, more nurturing environment for them to rest.

When they have an inside dog kennel, your dog has more options for being part of family life.

They can enjoy the great outdoors, and fresh air in a traditional outdoor kennel, or they can be closer to their beloved owners by using their inside dog kennel. 

There are many advantages to pet houses for dogs. 

But what if you don’t have a dog? At Pinnacle Hardware, we also stock houses for other animals such as chicken coops, fowl houses, and other pet enclosures.

The most important thing is that your animals have enough room to stretch their wings or legs while also being safe from predators.

Allow access to the great outdoors

Have you ever done that get up, open the door, get up close the door, get up open the door, dance with your pet? 

Cats are notorious for changing their minds constantly about whether they want to be indoors or outdoors.

It’s enough to drive you crazy. And that’s the very reason why you need a pet door installed.

A pet door will prevent that annoying in, out, in routine by allowing your pet to enter and leave your house independently of you. 

A pet door encourages your pet to be well trained, as they can instinctively leave the house when nature calls. 

Installing a pet door also means that you can leave your pet home alone without fear that they will leave a little present for you on the carpet when you come home from the shops. 

The pet door will allow them to take care of business in a natural and timely manner even when you are not at home to open and close the back door. 

It’s healthy for dogs to be able to come indoors and outdoors as they please, they are animals, after all, and they need fresh air, new scents, and interesting noises to bark at.

Allowing your dog to get outdoors and use their senses by installing a dog door is kind to your pet and a wise investment in their welfare.

Train them from the very beginning

When you bring a new animal home to be part of the family, it’s tempting to spoil your new pet, which can lead to unhealthy and unhelpful pet behaviours.

It’s best to train your new pet correctly from the beginning. 

This includes installing a pet door so that your pet can become toilet trained and make use of the door when they need to do their business. 

Another aspect of training your pet is to have clearly demarcated pet-friendly areas and other areas that are human-only.

This is especially important if you have family members with dander allergies. It may not be appropriate for your pet to lie on the couch as it could trigger an allergic reaction. 

When it comes to feeding your pet, talk to your vet about the best diet for your dog. Never give your pet human food or treats. 

Note that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, so you need to keep it well out of reach to prevent them from getting into your stashes. 

While some firm boundaries are necessary to ensure you end up with a well-trained dog, affection is free and will help your new pet to bond with you.

Make sure you give your new dog plenty of pats, positive words, doggie treats, and walks to the local park. 

They will love you for it. You will have a friend for life.

Get your pet settled in with a dog door and inside dog kennel from Pinnacle Hardware

If you’re looking for an inside dog kennel, you need to know about our Pet Haus models.

They come in attractive light timber in a sleek modern design that will match your interiors as well as provide a cosy place for your pet to sleep.

If you don’t already have a pet door, you need to get one. A pet door offers owners the ultimate convenience.

Your dog will be able to easily access the backyard when nature calls, saving you from having to repeatedly open and shut the door all the time when they come in and out. 

Trust Pinnacle Hardware for all your pet needs. 

See our range of pet houses, kennels, and dog doors online or view them in person at your local Bunnings Warehouse.

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