Pet Bonding

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

 


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6 Ways to Bond With Your New Pet

Bonding with your pet is something that’s very important to do when you bring your new furry friend into your home. Remember, for your animal, going into a new home can be a very
shocking experience. Discovering different ways to bond with your new pet will help you to
create a loving relationship with your new pet that can last for many years to come.

Ask for advice from a professional

There are certain times where you will just need the help of a professional when it comes to bonding with your animal. Some kittens and puppies are just too hard to deal with on your own. Dr. Gary Richter, DVM is a great example of a pet care professional who will be able to help you learn the very best ways to bond with your new pet. Pet care professionals will have the skills that you need in order to form a strong bond with your new pet.

Look at different resources online

There are countless YouTube channels and blogs online dedicated to pets. There are bound to
be plenty of articles and videos that are addressing bonding with your pets. Watching these
videos and reading articles will give you newfound confidence about bringing a new pet into your home. The more research that you do about bonding with your new pets, the easier it will be for you to bring a new furry friend into your home and integrate them into your family routine.

Take the time out of your busy day to play with your pet

While you may have a lot on your plate, it is important to remember to play with your pet. This is a bonding time that can not be replaced by any other activity. Dogs and cats just love to play. They have a great deal of energy that just needs to be expended. When you are playing with your dog or cat, make sure that you give them verbal cues that help them latch onto your voice. Praise them when they catch the ball or pounce on the toy mouse. This will help your pet identify good times with the sound of your voice.

Designate areas in your home for your new pet

You need to make sure that your pet feels like they have a certain area of the home that is their own. This will give them a feeling of peace and relaxation. You will be able to bond with your new pet over your shared spaces and individual spaces. Buying doggie beds and scratching posts for your pets is a great way to help them find their own space in your home.

Go on trips with your pet

Going on trips with your pet is going to be a great way for you to truly bond with your animal. Hiking in the mountains, going to the beach, or boarding a plane together is going to be something that your pet will never forget. If you are able to go on trips regularly with your pet, you will bond much more quickly than if you were just hanging out at home with your pet every day.

Introduce your pet to all of your family and friends

It is important that you take the time to introduce your pet to your family and friends. This will help your pet feel like they are part of the mix. They will feel much less anxious when new people come into the home. They will recognize their smell and the sound of their voice. It will make it easier for them to form connections with the visitors that are coming over to your house on a regular basis.

Getting a new pet is like having a whole new member of the family. This is something that can be a very joyous occasion for everyone. You need to remember to integrate your pet into your life in a way that is going to make both you and your pet feel comfortable and loved. Be patient with your new pet and let them explore their new world. Before long, your new furry friend will bejust another member of your family.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.