Human-Canine Bonding: Reconnecting with your Pet
In a recent article in Martha Stewart Living, writer Amy Shearn, wrote a very good article about bonding with her pet dog that allowed her entire family to grow closer. The reason for her re-connection with her pet and family? She got caught-up in the everyday business of life; kids, job, family, work, etc. She became a little bit resentful of her pet that she had for awhile due to her being busy and other priorities. However, after reinforcing the positive in her relationship with her pet, she ended up treating her family better, as well as her children extending the same kindness to their pet. As mentioned in the article, the following tips are expert suggestions for “rekindling your relationship” with your dog and/or pet.
- Teach your dog something new– Kristen Collins, a certified animal behaviorist for ASPCA claims that when you teach your dogs new skills, you work their brains, and “it’s a fun, intimate kind of communication.”
- Make dog time a priority– Encourage dog with with another goal, such as walking, running, and/ or getting your kids active outside.
- Focus on problem areas and vow to resolve them– If you’re pet is stressing you out with having to walk him, when you’re really busy with other things, have someone else walk him for you. Say, “the kid down the street, and pay him $10 to do so.”
- Bring your dog on family outings– Dogs (and cats) love discovering new things, people and places and is great for them to interact with you on family outsings, such as a picnic, a hike or a long walk in a park.
- Involve your kids– This is especially important if your pet loves being around people. Have your child spend some time with him by ‘reading to’ your dog.
What are some ways you like to rekindle the bond between you, family and your dog (or cat)? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.