February is officially here, and love is in the air! This month, give your furry valentine the affection they deserve! Here are 6 ways to show your pet you love them:
1. Understand Them
Working toward understanding your pet and communicating with them will help you learn how to really shower your pet with love! Consider body language, sounds, and behavior to show your valentine all the ways you love them. Your pet will appreciate your understanding, and will be sure to reward you with tail wagging or purrs, and cuddles!
2. Praise Them
Nope, you’re not crazy for talking to your fur-baby in a high-pitched voice! In fact, recent studies have proven that dogs can understand what we say and how we say it. Similarly, cats respond to intonation. So go ahead and tell your dog that he’s a “good boy,” and let your cat know that she’s “just the sweetest.” After all, it’s true!
3. Give Them Treats
They say that the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach – and animals are no exception! Show your pet you love them by purchasing your pet some yummy new dog biscuits, or get even more adventurous by preparing a homemade, pet-friendly cake. There are plenty of creative online recipes to try– but make sure that they are safe for your furry friend!
4. Challenge Them
A great way to show your pet you love them is to exercise their minds. Animals need mental stimulation, and they may go for the throw pillows if they get too bored! So, teach your dog a new trick, or buy your cat a puzzling new toy. Your pets will love strengthening their minds, and you’ll love the happiness it brings them!
5. Spend Quality Time Together
Some pets require loads of attention, while others seek alone time. However, most pets are happy just to be by your side. Show your pet how much they mean to you by taking a break from your phone and spending quality time together. This can be in the form of a long walk, extended play time, or cuddling together on the couch to binge-watch your favorite TV show. Your pet will appreciate your undivided attention!
6. Pet Them
Finally, show your pet you love them through physical touch! Cuddling with pets has health benefits for both animals and humans. For example, petting your dog or cat releases good hormones, reduces anxiety and can be very relaxing for both of you. However, it is essential to keep in mind that animals can react negatively to certain kinds of touch, such as rubbing around the face or belly. Find a safe way to show your pet some physical affection that you’ll both enjoy!
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