So much of what our pets learn from us is unintentional. Every time we give our dogs attention, whatever they happen to be doing at that moment is reinforced. Cats are excellent at manipulating us with their high pitch meow. “I’m hungry,” or “pay attention to me”. How we respond to these pleads reinforces good or bad habits. Even subtle behaviors that we reward – giving our dogs scraps of food when they give us those “sad” eyes, for example – can result in dogs that we’ve “trained” to be needy or rude. Not only does this result in a spoiled pet but this can also affect their health and weight.
A Healthier Diet
A healthier diet is often at the top of the resolution list. When we eat healthier we feel better and improve our overall wellness. Proper nutrition is also key to dog health and cat health. Optimal pet health is a reason for choosing a quality, well-balanced dog food. Some pets may benefit from specialized pet nutrition designed to aid in the management of dogs with certain conditions. Pet nutrition like that found in Purina Veterinary Diets® formulas are available at Allivet. Specialized nutrition may benefit pets suffering from allergies, diabetes, digestive disorders, joint and mobility, and also aid in over weight management.
Implementing an exercise routine reduces stress levels for humans and their pets. Exercise, the new anti-depressant, is something that can have a positive impact on both you and your dog. Dogs that regularly burn off their energy are more receptive to learning, as they’re more relaxed and confident. As many of us have experienced, the best exercise involves the mind and the body.
Stimulate The Mind
Pet’s learn by experience. If the experience is good, they will try to repeat it. If the experience is unpleasant, your pet will try to avoid it in the future. Engage in activities that have a positive impact on both you and your pet. Dogs that regularly burn off their energy are more receptive to learning, as they’re more relaxed and confident. As many of us have experienced, the best exercise involves the mind and the body. There are many indoor games that you can play with your cat or dog to stimulate their mind. Playing tag is very popular with both cats and dogs. Hide and seek is also a stimulating in-door game for dogs. Playing with your pet brings many benefits both for your pet and you. Games provide our pets with mental stimulation and exercise which they need just as much as we do. Playing with your pet also helps you bond with them and builds trust and affection.
Live a Happier Life
Implementing any of these tips in your daily routine will naturally enrich you and your pet’s life. Through exercise and play, we can learn to have deeper and more satisfying relationships with our pets, helping us all to live better.