Getting a pet home (adopt, dont shop, guys) can change your life. Brace yourself for some unconditional loving, lots of cuddling, and loyalty, in a way you have never known. However, it is imperative that pets are inducted into a responsible home. Here are some simple tips that one needs to keep in mind.1. Research is keyNow, this is for the ones who are looking at getting a pet home. Its important for you to thoroughly consider your schedule before taking the plunge. How often do you go out? Are you away from the house for long? What does your support system look like? Seek answers to these questions and make an informed decision. Remember, having a pet is a full-time responsibility, and it is unfair on them to not be taken care of.2. Home sweet homeYour pet will spend a large part of the day in the house, so ensure its hygienic, and regularly maintained. Clean their food and water bowls properly since dirt, germs, andbacteria can affect your pets health. If you have ample resources, its also a good idea to pet-proof your home. For instance, if you plan on getting a dog or already have one, its a good idea to get rid of food items, toys, and other household items that might be lethal. In case, you are a cat lover, make sure its play area is free of electrical cords, string, and yarn as they can get entangled and hurt themselves.3. Stay alertEvery pet exhibits a certain behaviour. Thus, as a pet parent, pay attention to even a minor change. For instance, if you suddenly notice that your pet is more lethargic than usual, its appetite has changed or your pet showcases extreme mood swings. These are all signals that they need help. Take an appointment with the vet right away.4. Health is wealthAs mentioned above, change in behaviour calls for an appointment with the vet. Alongside, you need to keep deadlines for vaccinations and other tests that may be needed. Its advisable that every pet undergoes an annual health check-up, complete with all pathological tests. It helps to keep a schedule for your pet so that there is a healthy balance between staying active and resting. This goes without saying, as a pet parent, measure the portion size and calorie count of the meals to keep your pets health on track.5. Groom them rightYes, there are two aspects to it. First, give them baths (yes, its a task, but there is no missing this one) and clip their nails regularly. Experts say that long nails making walking around for your pet difficult and eventually result in joint pains. Next up, train your pet. It is often believed pets will learn most habits once they move out of their baby stage, but thats a myth. It all comes with training. Start with putting them on a schedule and helping them understand basic commands. If you have a particularly stubborn breed, its ideal to enroll them in private lessons or canine behaviourists.