To build a healthy relationship between your new buddy and the world around them, bonding early on with your pet is necessary. You’ve probably heard all about the special connection that exists between a pet and its owner, but if you’re new to pet ownership, you might be struggling to form this bond.
Before you throw up your hands and assume that you can’t own a pet, try these ways to establish trust, promote or develop loyalty and ultimately connect with your pet. Here are a few pointers on how to bond with your new furry sidekick:
Establish And Build Trust
It’s essential to give your new buddy a little independence by allowing them to explore their new surroundings safely and discover their new roommates on their terms, may it be a dog, cat, or a bird. Socializing will help them adjust well. Remember to keep your voice low and inviting while offering them comfort as well as interacting with them. Don’t forget to ‘Pet Your Pet’ because the animal becomes habituated to your touch and begins to trust you. As the trust grows, your feelings match, and genuine bonding begins.
Learn To Read Your Pet
Learning and understanding what your pet is trying to say is crucial. From being excited, scared, and then playful, it’s necessary to adapt to your pets' feelings and reactions to the new environment. For example, ‘watch the wag’ as the dog or cat’s tail is a significant indicator of their feelings. You will understand if they are approachable, stressed or worried, aggressive, fearful, or playful.
Communication Is Key
To have a good bond, you need to gain your pet’s trust and training them in the early stages, rewards as an essential part of your relationship. Be consistent with your training signals. For example, start with easy tricks such as sitting, holding their paw, then work your way up. Putting in some of this training on your walk together is another great way to build an attachment with your furry buddy. When you share a greater understanding, your bond gets much stronger and better.
Stick To A Schedule
All pets like having a routine, so sticking to a set schedule from day one can help your pet adjust quickly. Having this routine provides comfort and teaches them what’s expected of them at any given time. Try to incorporate at least some regular activities like feeding them at the same time every day, going for your daily walks, and going to bed at the same time each night during those first few weeks to help them adjust to what will later become their daily routine.
Be Patient, Consistent And Positive
Every animal is different, and they each come with their own experiences and personalities. They might start to settle in and bond with you in a day, or it may take months. Give them some time so they can feel settled in their new environment. Be patient, and your new pet will be your best friend before you know it. Spend quality one-on-one time together, and knowing their likes and dislikes will bring you much closer to them and help the both of you to connect.
Becoming Their Food Source
Your pet’s dependence on you for food provides the perfect opportunity for a stronger bond. As your pet begins to trust you as their food source, allow yourself to enjoy this process which can bring you closer to your pet.
Moreover, remember that even the smallest moments mean a bunch to them. They appreciate the smallest moments they get to share with you, and the more time you spend together, the stronger your bond will be.
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