A new pet is exciting but it is also a huge responsibility. If you are unfamiliar with the type of animal, the new relationship may result in eventual surrender or sale of the pet. The best way to discover whether an animal would make a good pet for your household is to interact with it. A pet expo is the ideal environment for learning more about different types of pets and interacting with these animals one-on-one.
Tip 1: Pet expos are held throughout the country during different times of year. Search for them online and purchase tickets in advance to save money and guarantee admission. If you are looking for a particular kind of animal, use its name when conducting a keyword search online. For example, “horse expo” or “reptile expo.”
Tip 2: Conduct preliminary research about each animal by searching online and visiting the local library. Read about the characteristics, grooming, exercise, and feeding requirements of the pet. Learn what type of living environment is most suitable for the animal and determine the costs involved. Ownership expenses and other requirements may limit the list of suitable pets. For example, many people love horses but do not have the space or money to build stables and riding rings on their properties.
Tip 3: Discuss preferences with other family members to make sure everyone is receptive to owning and caring for the animals on the list. Verify that children understand caretaking responsibilities and are willing to perform them. Many children want to have all types of pets until they realize that they will have to take care of it.
Tip 4: Head to the pet expo with the short list of prospective pets. Talk to exhibitors and vendors catering to these animals. Ask to hold and play with the pets, if appropriate. Let each family member interact with the animals. Ask plenty of questions, take notes, and request contact information in case follow-up questions or issues arise. If the exhibitor is not a breeder, ask the person to provide the names of several recommended breeders.
Tip 5: Once back at home, discuss the animals with each family member and come to an agreement regarding the best new pet for the family. Contact recommended breeders, pay a visit to each one, and discuss purchase prices and guarantees before making a commitment to buy.