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What is "Pawternity Leave" and What Pet Parents Should Know When Bringing Home a New Pet

More and more companies are using lifestyle perks to attract talents to their workforce; and many of them are realizing the important role pets play in their employees’ lives. From that place, ‘pawternity leave’ was born.

These pet-loving companies provide one week paid time off to employees who bring home a new furry family member. This allows pet parents to tend to the needs of their new pets and spend time bonding with them without negatively impacting their professional lives. Additionally, this perk could have a positive impact on the level of care pets receive in those early days. In this article, we will look at some of the companies which have already jumped onboard and how pet parents can make the most of the first few weeks with their new pets, pawternity leave or no pawternity, in order to set their fur babies up to a happy and healthy life.

Reasons Companies Are Offering Pawternity Leave

One of the ways that companies attract top talents is through the offering of competitive benefits packages and differentiating themselves through culture. Those that offer pawternity leave get an edge among job seekers, especially millennials, who see their pets as family members and take great care of their fur babies’ wellbeing.

As any new pet parent would tell you, there are many things to take care of when getting a new pet. Furthermore, just as parents need bonding time with their new born human babies; that level of bonding is also important for pet parents and their fur babies to have a happy and fulfilling life together. Therefore, pet-related perks, such as pawternity leave, can be very valuable to many new pet parents. This benefit not only helps attract new talents to a company, but also helps increase loyalty and morale of the existing workforce.

Companies Offering Time Off for Your Pets

Those that have jumped onboard with this new trend tend to be forward-thinking companies in tech-driven spaces as well as in the pet industry. Marketing company, Nina Hale, sits at the forefront of the pawternity leave pioneers with its early adoption of this policy. Upon bringing home a new pet, employees at this company can elect to work from home for the week to support the initial adjustment process. By spending the week at home, new pet owners can help their fur baby properly adapt to their new home and start the house training process.

Other companies, such as mParticle, offer this perk to people who rescue a pet in need. The rescue animal benefits from having the constant companionship when they need it the most. No matter the details, employees across the board are finding that this perk can help improve their ability to respond to all their pets’ routine and urgent needs.

Tips to Keep Your New Pet Comfortable in Your Home

When you bring a new pet home, it’s important to ensure your new pet acclimates to the new environment and to handle the care routines he or she needs. During the first few days, take your new pooch to a vet for a general checkup and ensure that he or she gets all the necessary shots. Also make an appointment with a groomer if your new fur baby needs a haircut.

To help them adjust to their new home, set up a small den in a quiet area where they can see you often. Encourage your pet to rest in the den between meals and playtime during the first few days. As your pet adjusts, you will see him or her venture out into the rest of the living space more often. If your company doesn’t offer pawternity leave, you might want to consider hiring someone to stop in at least once a day to check on your new pet and provide some human interaction.

Taking a trip to the store and letting them pick out a few toys can make the transition more fun and less stressful for them. Spending time doing some light behavioral training and trying out a few commands could provide the mental stimulation needed and distract them from any uneasy feeling of being in a new environment. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover some tricks and commands that you new fur baby already knows.

Last but not least, take plenty of time to snuggle up to your new fur baby whenever they welcome it. Keep in mind that each of them is unique, requires varying levels of human touch and bonding time, and each of them can take varying amounts of time to get acclimated in their new home. Be patient but be consistent, and your new fur baby will feel at home and start being themselves in their new life with you.