It's been all over the news about the health benefits of owning a pet. Bonding with your pet has been shown to lower stress, reduce blood pressure, and just make us happier.
There's one thing though that many pet owners are not aware of. Spending time and bonding with you can be very good for the health of your pet as well. So, when you carve out those special moments for bonding with your pet, you both reap the benefits.. The important thing is that you get into the habit of spending this daily time bonding with your pet.
So, what's really involved in this pet bonding stuff? It's not just taking your puppy to the dog park to play. While this is a fun thing for your pup, it's usually a one sided activity. He's bonding all right, but with other dogs, not you. You and your dog are not really sharing the activity together. For a real bonding experience, your pet must strongly associate you with the activity.
Well then, how do I go about this? Playing with your furry friend is an absolute necessity for proper bonding . Make sure your pet has your undivided attention. Cats love to play too and usually love when you wiggle string type things around for them to stalk and attack. Little imitation creatures make great toys for cats, as they bring out their instincts, and form positive associations to you. It's actually super important to make time for this play/bonding. Their health depends on it.
Grooming is a way that animals bond with each other, so when you groom them, they naturally bond to you. When brushing your dog or cat, you really establish a strong bond with them. This regular grooming helps to not only keep your pet happy, but healthy too. It took my dog a little while to get used to the idea of being brushed. Now, he climbs onto my lap and purrs away while he gets his brushing.
Another choice for bonding with your favorite pet is to pull out the doggy or kitty treats. Giving your pet a special treat is also a positive way to build your relationship with him. An unexpected treat can be just the ticket, and will teach your pet to expect good things to come from you. You will be thought of as the pleasure bringer for the rest of your pet's life. After a stressful event, try this and you'll be very pleased with the results. My felines don't dig getting their claws trimmed at all. He now is aware that his very own version of chocolate - bonita flakes - awaits him after the ordeal. Needless to say, getting his claws trimmed is not quite so traumatic any more!
So, the long and the short of the matter is - bond with your pet daily. It will be good for both of you!
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