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What are some ways you can bond with your pet?

  1. midget38 profile image91
    midget38posted 5 years ago

    What are some ways you can bond with your pet?

  2. heidithorne profile image99
    heidithorneposted 5 years ago

    One of the best ways to bond with your pet is by walking with them, a tip from The Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan. This is how packs bond in the wild. You are the leader of the pack and this is the best way to establish the hierarchy while fulfilling their needs for exercise. Dogs want your leadership and care more than "affection." Remember, they're animals, not children.

  3. Shannon Cole profile image40
    Shannon Coleposted 5 years ago

    Brushing your pet is a great way to bond with them! Brushing removes dirt, shedding hair and provides a great massage for pets but it's the embracing and affection being shown. One way animals communicate & show love is by grooming each other. Pets love the all the extra attention their owners give them!

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      Ruth Lanhamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Very true, good point.

  4. profile image0
    Ruth Lanhamposted 5 years ago

    My little dog is my "child" and I bond with her by holding her on my lap and petting her.   She also sleeps in my bed with me.  Before my husband passed away, we had three dogs and they all slept with us.  I loved it and so did my husband.

    Sometimes I hand-feed her just to reinforce the idea that I'm the boss and the provider.  She obeys me and we don't have any problems with bonding or with her knowing who is the "alpha".

    I realize many people do not approve of how I treat my dog but it works for us.

  5. DrMark1961 profile image97
    DrMark1961posted 5 years ago

    Exercise, grooming, and holding are all important, but you can also bond by playing with her.
    A puppy will spend a lot of time learning how to interact with the world through playing. Some of the games you can play with her are fairly mild but, although there are a lot of books warning you to not wrestle and play tug of war, remember, you are bonding with your new puppy. If you decide that these games are too rough for you or her, if you decide that she is too aggressive or hard to control, you can certainly stop.
    When she is a new puppy, though, concentrate on bonding!

  6. Wild_Life profile image57
    Wild_Lifeposted 5 years ago

    All of the amazing ways in which to bond along with your pet incorporate the employment of your natural tendencies to show tenderness, and once a brief whereas you may notice your pet creating tries to bond with you within the same manner.

  7. kaizan28 profile image62
    kaizan28posted 5 years ago

    Superglue!  (come on it was too obvious!)

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      Ruth Lanhamposted 5 years agoin reply to this


    2. Li Galo profile image76
      Li Galoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      good one!

  8. sangre profile image97
    sangreposted 5 years ago

    Every pet loves to be petted, get attention, get treats, go for walkies, hang out with you in the kitchen or the sitting room. All that is required is a little bit of your time each day every day. If you have any extra free time, hang out with your pet.

  9. lisasuniquevoice profile image75
    lisasuniquevoiceposted 5 years ago


    I bond with my two cats when I get down on the floor and play with them and their toys. Also, when I'm watching TV in bed with soft blankets they like to come up and nestle in. It's a trait of the Ragdoll breed to stay in close contact with their owners. That's why you hear that Ragdolls seem a lot like little dogs. It's because they follow you around and take an interest in everything you do. It's great.

  10. agilitymach profile image98
    agilitymachposted 5 years ago

    That depends on what the pet is.  A cat bonds differently than a dog, for instance. 

    I find the best way to bond with dogs is through positive reinforcement (ie little to no punishment) training.  Training a dog to a high level in any canine sport or endeavor develops the deepest bond a human can experience with an animal. 

    Of course, any dog trained to a high level in a canine sport should also already be experiencing the usual bonding methods of house dogs such as petting, grooming cuddles, play, etc. smile

    I bonded with my cat by simply carrying him around on my shoulders, which he loved.  Also just letting him sit on my lap for pets bonded him to me.  I also trained him to do tricks, but that didn't especially increase our bond as cats are very different than dogs. smile

    Other pets such as horses, sheep, guinea pigs, etc. will all need different bonding practices based on their species.

  11. Breatheeasy3 profile image71
    Breatheeasy3posted 5 years ago

    The bottom line is....the presence of good energy!

  12. Markie W profile image60
    Markie Wposted 5 years ago

    I have two dogs, and I bond with them by taking them on walks, playing with their toys with them, grooming them, cuddling with them, going to the park or beach with them, and taking them on car rides.

  13. TNT Husky profile image69
    TNT Huskyposted 5 years ago

    My cat almost always enjoys me talking to her while she sits on my lap. just paying attention to an animal, I.E. petting, playing, chatting, are great ways to bond with them. try to cater to their personality. if they're mellow, let them sit by you and cuddle during downtime (my cat and my brother's cat like to sit on my lap while I work on my blogs).

  14. MarieAlana1 profile image71
    MarieAlana1posted 5 years ago

    Exercise, singing, reading, and grooming all can help your pet bond with you. You can also give a special treat to your pet and tell your pet just how much you love them. These are great things that all pet owners should do.

  15. Li Galo profile image76
    Li Galoposted 5 years ago

    The owner of the family dog is really my son but the dog still wants to be with me!  I'm not a person who likes the dog on top of me but I don't mind him lying near me.  So, instead of cuddling and petting with him, when I want to have fun with the dog, I put on some music and the dog and I dance!  The dog absolutely loves doing this with me.  I found out he liked to dance by accident, one night after the kids went to sleep and I wanted some music.  After that, it became our "thing" after my kids went to bed.  Animals are cool in a way humans aren't.  I love it.

  16. keraladishes profile image61
    keraladishesposted 5 years ago

    Try to get your dog involved in your life and if need to be take him to work with you (if they allow dogs), or, if you don't have much time during the day, then in the evening or after work, spend time with him and get to know your dog's fun side