Research has shown that over 90% of UK pet owners say that owning a pet makes them feel happy and 88% feel that pet ownership improves their overall quality of life.
So we all agree that our pets give us the love and attention we’re all looking for, but have we ever stopped to think whether we show as much affection in return?
Our pets play an important role in our lives and many of us consider and treat our fur-friends like a human child.
While we always love a cuddle and a pat from our fur-kids, does it really show just how much you care for this tongue wagging, ball catching, bundle of fun and friendship?
We’ve put together a few ideas for you to show your pet just how much they mean to you.
Spend Quality Time Together
Walks are part of the daily routine and can become monotonous and, well, boring. Change it up a little and dedicate a specific play session for you and your pet where your attention is devoted solely to them. You’ll soon discover that you’re enjoying this time together and this type of interaction will only strengthen your bond.
You don’t need to spend oodles of money on new toys and treats for your fur-friend. You can easily make your own toys, like a tug-of-war rope. Have a variety of toys on rotation so that play time always seems fun and different.
Pamper Your Pet
We all love a good massage and it’s no different for our canine friends. Browse online for find YouTube videos, or source some good books on dog massage to learn the techniques to treat your dog to a relaxing massage.
Have a Chat
Our pets make not communicate through words, but they pick up on our behaviours, the tone and inflections in our voices and mannerisms and just seem to understand. So communicate with them! Read your book aloud to them, or simply enjoy a chat one afternoon.
Get Out and Exercise
Daily exercise with your dog is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself, and your dog, fit and healthy – and it doesn’t always have to be outside. If the weather isn’t inspiring you to get out in the elements, consider doing yoga or stretches inside with your pooch. After a few sessions, they make even start mimicking your movements and join in the fun!