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Posted on 03-23-2017
When you bring a new pet into your home, you begin the process of establishing a long-term relationship that is built on trust and reliability. Your pet needs to know you will be there for him or her for food, shelter, veterinary care and regular affection. These elements create a strong bond between you and your pet that creates a satisfying relationship for both. You can enhance this bond by engaging in a number of activities.
After providing the basics, time is the biggest gift you can give to your dog to ensure a close and trusting bond with him or her. This time should, of course, include regular training sessions to teach your dog to obey commands and restrain his behavior. A well-trained, well-behaved dog will be welcomed anywhere and will be able to enjoy interactions with people and other animals wherever he goes. You should also spend time touching your dog, talking to him and simply enjoying his company. These actions will allow him to understand that he is an important part of your circle and his needs will be considered. Another way to bond with your dog is to take him with you to new environments, such as the park, the beach or into areas where people congregate. This measure will help to stimulate his mind and broaden his experience of the world. These actions can strengthen trust so that your dog is truly a integrate part of your life.
Cats are not known for their warm and cuddly natures, but they too can form strong bonds with their owners. However, because this aspect of personality can vary widely from one cat to another, cat owners must observe their cats carefully to see how much interaction the cat enjoys. Some enjoy long sessions sitting on your lap as you work or watch TV. Others prefer to watch you from a distance. Some cats like brushing and grooming, while other cats become overstimulated and snappish when touched for a long period of time. Some like interactive play with cat toys, but others prefer playing on their own. Observe your cat’s responses, and you will come to understand what actions he likes and how much he can tolerate. Over time, adapting to his or her wants will help to form a warm and trusting bond between you.
The Edmonton South Animal Hospital understands that pets are family, and we work hard to ensure that our patients receive the right treatment for their needs. We provide wellness exams, vaccinations, spay and neuter services, dental care, internal and external parasite prevention, laser therapy, pharmacy services, surgery and emergency care. Call Edmonton South Animal Hospital today at 780-989-5595 for an appointment to discuss your pet’s well being.
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