A pet parent will understand the importance of forging a bond with them. Pets are like family members who ought to be valued and loved. They can take away our everyday stress and become a source of joy.
If you have a pet at home and are not able to understand them and vice-versa, it can cause some strain and unhappiness. Not only is it likely to affect you, it can also make the animal feel unwanted, with the display of some classic signs like emotional indifference, lack of desire to play, low energy, poor eye contact and, at times, aggression, warns Divya Singh Vishwanath, a lifestyle blogger and stylist.
She shares with indianexpress.com five ways to form a strong bond with your furry friend; read on.
1. Build trust
Give your pet time and independence to get familiar with the house and surrounding area. Whether it’s a cat, dog or a bird, socialising gets them comfortable with the human way of life. Use a gentle tone with them. A harsh tone instills fear and gets them to feel uncomfortable near you. Be patient. At times they can take a bit longer to settle.
While interacting with your pet, whether it’s taking them for a walk or socialising or talking, touch and hug them. Petting is important because they get habituated to your touch and it provides them comfort. This is how you build trust and strengthen the bond.
3. Training and communication
Train your pets with love, but train them early. Be consistent and if you have rules for them, be consistent with that, too. It’s easier to train them right than to untrain them. Treats for good behaviour go a long way. No harsh punishments. Training means they follow your command and there is communication, hence a bond is formed.
Interaction with your pet has to be positive and gentle. But, no play can make them disinterested. Take them for a walk, if possible, cuddle with them, play with them, talk to them and reward them. You will be their fun human and they will get further attached to you.
5. Feed them
Keep their meal-time fixed and give them food yourself. You are now their food source and they begin to trust you.