Just like humans have basic needs, pets have basic needs as well. Your pet needs food, water and a secure shelter. The safer and more secure a pet feels, the happier it will be. While it may sound pretty cut-and-dry, humans sometimes misunderstand these basic needs. Here are some quick tips on meeting your pet's basic needs the right way:
Think about birds, squirrels and other critters running around in nature; much of their lives are spent ... running around in nature. Happy animals are active animals, regardless of their species. Unfortunately, humans sometimes buy a particular pet or breed in order to avoid excessive exercise. If you want to keep your pet happy, carve out a portion of every day to focus on exercise and play.
Many animals are social by nature, and dogs particularly so. They enjoy meeting new people and other pets, and they may feel lonely or bored when left home alone. If you have the funds and the time to invest in two animals, you may want to purchase a friend for your pet. If this isn't an option, try combatting loneliness by playing music for your pet while you're away, planning social time for your pet at a local dog park or always leaving your pet with something that smells like you.
Happy pets are pets that know their boundaries. When you train your cat to use a litter box, or teach your dog to sit before you go outside, not only will you feel better, but your pet will feel confident that it's meeting your expectations.
Pets that spend their days isolated and unchallenged are likely to be unhappy. Look for ways to engage your pet's brain. Mental stimulation isn't a hard thing to provide, but you do have to make an effort to provide it. Consider the following possibilities:
The more opportunities for mental stimulation that you provide to your pet, the less likely your pet will go looking for mental stimulation in all the wrong places.
The tip to mastering this trick? Use treats and lots of praise. Within days, you'll have your dog sitting at attention and on command.
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