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How to Treat Your Pets Like Royalty

Posted on the 20 November 2017 by Cheekymeeky

If you have a pet, chances are you love it to pieces. Our furry, feathered and fishy companions deserve all the love we can give them. Since they don't speak our language - even if it sometimes seems like they do - it can be tricky finding ways to make sure they realize how much we care about them. Sure, we feed them and keep them warm while also showering hugs and treats upon them. But do they understand just how much they are loved? With people, it's as simple as telling them you care or performing small acts of kindness. Animals need us to cross the language barrier, and here's how to do it.

One: Learn Their Language

Even though animal lovers know how smart their pets can be, it is sometimes impossible to decipher exactly what they're trying to tell us. Certain animals can learn to bridge the communication gap through training, such as clever breeds of dog and the marvelous signing gorilla, Koko. This makes it much easier to talk to them because you have both decided upon a routine of communicating that is understandable to both owner and pet. If your pet is shy or simply hard to read, however, you should be the one to make the most effort. Pay attention to the subtle body language of your pet to learn when it is most happy and the reasons behind its moods. Create attachments between cues and actions to teach your pet tricks and habits. Even the most stubborn animals occasionally accept this way of training. Soon you will be able to communicate by making the right noises or gestures that encourage your pet to come to you for belly rubs or snacks. This builds a great rapport with them and will help you understand one another.

Two: Accept Their Personality

Just like people, animals can have a wide range of personalities and temperaments, despite how its brothers and sisters behave. You wouldn't buy your grandma a present just because you think that all older ladies would like it? Of course not. When showing people - and animals - that you care about them, it's always the most effective when you acknowledge them as an individual. Not all cats love milk. Not all dogs want to chew bones. If you've spent plenty time with your beloved pets, then you will most likely have a clear idea already of your companion's personality and the ways they like to spend their time. Is your puppy very sociable? Treat him to group training classes where he can meet new friends and play. Does your hamster hate running wheels but love making tunnels? Take out the wheel and replace it with more bedding to play in. Make sure to avoid confusing this with treating your pet like a human, however. Respect their individuality without expecting them to behave like people.

Three: Make Their Life Easier

Imagine being cared for by a large, gentle creature that you couldn't understand but loved anyway. Now imagine the creature leaving you for hours at a time without explanation and nothing to keep you busy. Pets are not always the center of our lives, but we are the center of theirs. Animals can panic and become distressed when left alone for long periods of time with nothing to occupy them. Like people, they need distractions to keep them from being too bored. Let your pet have toys, even if they break all the time. It's unlikely your dog is too fussy to play with the same crushed tennis ball every day so there's no need to spend too much money entertaining them. Try to involve your pet in your life as much as you can, especially if it is sociable or energetic. Find local places where your kind of pet is welcome. If you have fish or birds that cannot be taken outside, consider making their habitat more exciting for them to live in. After all, if you spent your entire life in one place, you would want it to be as fun as possible. On the other hand, give your pet the gift of peace now and then. Too much interaction can make your pet nervous so give them a space where they can hide away from human hands and eyes, especially if they are rodents or fish.

Four: Don't Spoil Them

Some people can go too far in treating their pets like royalty. Rich food and unnecessarily plush bedding is not always beneficial. Giving your pet everything it asks for can lead to health problems. For example, many cats will eat continuously without realizing they are full and eventually become obese. This is a form of neglect as these irresponsible owners have made the cat's life more difficult. Dogs are supposed to be able to run around and play, cats are meant to explore, birds are meant to fly. If your pet is fit and healthy, you should not take that away by over-treating it or letting it become uncharacteristically lazy. Not many of us enjoy eating healthily and going to the gym, but we know it's for our own good. It's just the same for pets. What they want is not always what's best for them.

Five: But Spoil Them a Little

Use your judgement to decide what concessions you can make when treating your pet. Do you let them sleep in on the same days you do? Will you let them lick the gravy off your finger occasionally? As long as you don't let these infrequent treats become unhealthy habits, go ahead and spoil your pet. When your dog is sick, don't force them to swallow unappetizing pills. Find some special VetIQ dog pill pockets to make taking their medicine into a treat. Have one day a month when your parakeet is allowed to explore the house uncaged.

Little ways of improving your pets' lives will make so much difference. Not only will you help them relax, keep them healthy, and show them you care, you'll also create a stronger bond between yourself and your animal buddy. Who wouldn't want that?

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