Yesterday was National Pet day and pets are part of the family, yet they are still often left out of the February love festivities. While cards and candy won’t exactly cut it, there are some easy and fun things owners can do to show their pets they love them, too.
Go for a leisurely walk
Let the dog lead the way, let him stop and sniff as long as he wants, let him linger and romp. This walk is his walk, with no destination or distance in mind. Let him enjoy himself!
Give a special treat
Good quality raw bones offer hours of chewing, delicious fun for dogs of all sizes. The raw bones have to be the right size for the dog, of course. As a general rule, the one should not e able to fit entirely in the dog’s mouth. This will minimize the chance that the dog may choke. Bully sticks also take some time to devour, though they may be a bit stinky, depending on the company that makes them. Usually the dogs like the stinkier ones, so why not let him have a little fun?
Not every dog likes a bath, but most dogs like to be pet. Dogs can get tense, sore muscles, too. What better way for an owner to show she cares than to relieve some of that stress with a gentle massage? The Telling Ttouch was developed by Linda Tellington-Jones . It is based on circular movements of the fingers and hands over specific areas of the pet’s body. This movement promotes blood flow and relaxation. Not to mention it feels really good. A dog or cat receiving this massage will turn into putty in their owner’s arms. There are many videos on youtube that a pet parent can watch to get a feel for how to use the Ttouch techniques at home and solidify the bond between human and animal.
Dogs love to play! Whether it is tug of war, fetch, wrestling, or chase, dogs are movers and shakers. The best way to show a pet some love is spending some time playing a game of their choice. Some have suggested that playing tug or wrestling with a dog can lead to dominance and behavioral issues, but studies have shown that this could not be further from the truth. The studies show that dogs seem to view play with their owners differently than they view play with other dogs. When an owner and their pet are playing tug, it is more of a cooperative action – the two are working together to tear something up, not against one another. These games also build confidence, so go play!!