Tell Your Pets You Love Them In Their Language
Are you devoted to your dog? Do you cherish your cat? Of course, you do! We're sure your pets know how much you care about them. However, if you learn to speak a little dog or cat, you can strengthen your relationship with your best buddy. The truth is that dogs and cats show their love a little bit differently than humans do. So let's give them some puppy (or kitty) love! Here is a primer on speaking their language.
Try gazing deeply into your dog's eyes. Dogs don't give hugs as we do, but they are hugging you in their own way when they stare at you. Next time you're petting Fido be sure to look at him lovingly; he'll understand what you're saying, loud and clear.
When a cat greets another cat or a person with slow, languid blinks, it's communicating affection. ... Because in the feline world, closing one's eyes in the presence of another is the ultimate sign of trust. By blinking slowly at your cat, you communicate that you are aware of its presence, pose no threat, and are showing your kitty affection.
Foster your pet's food drive. Although cats can be picky about food at times, most pets will not turn down a premium treat. Play some hide and seek games with them and offer a yummy treat. Or hand-feed them, which shows how much you love your pets when you share your food with them.
Does your dog occasionally lean on you? That's his way of saying I love you, so turn the tables around and do some leaning on your pooch!
Scent mingle - cats like to leave their scent on their best friends, so let your cat rub your legs now and then. If your cat likes her face rubbed, do that too. Cats have scent glands around their whiskers, and they only leave their scent on people they feel secure with.
Show your emotions! Dogs are especially good at reading our emotions. Cats have this ability too. A Japanese study proved that dogs feel loving emotions when you raise your eyebrows (especially the left one). In the study, they didn't react the same way when strangers showed the same expressions.
Rub their ears and scratch their necks. Most animals love this because it relaxes them. Animals have nerves that run around their ears and neck that, when scratched, will send endorphins to their brain. Endorphins are our body's natural happy drugs that make us feel good.
Grooming both cats and dogs is a great way to show them how much you love them. Besides looking good, it creates a real sense of belonging to the family.
Talk to your pets! Many of us already do this (especially if you live alone with your pet) but may not want to admit it. Talk to your pets in a calm and happy voice, and they will pick up right away what you're trying to tell them.
Sleep and snuggle with your friend. That's a sure way to let them know that you love her and that you're all in the same pack. If you prefer sleeping alone, then spend some time during the day cuddling with your pet.
Respect your pet's rights to express themselves. If your kitty goes into another room for some quiet time, let her have it. The same is true with your dog; if he moves away from you, give him some space. Everyone loves respect!
These very simple actions express a lot of meaning to your pet, and any one of them says, "I love you" in pet speak!