Pet animals, whether you keep them for work, use for some work or treat them like your family, need to be taken good care of if they are to serve you the way you would want. Just like humans, pet animals also desire to live a balanced life with adequate satisfaction of their hunger, physical health and social interaction needs. Therefore, it is really important that you understand what your pet needs in different situations and how you should go about satisfying those individual needs.
The Need to be Fed:
It is the basic yet the most important factor when keeping animals as pets. You need to completely understand the pet’s pattern of diet, especially as to what to feed, how much to feed and when to feed. If your pet doesn’t receive the amount and quality of food desired, there is very high probability that you would face a really tough time dealing with him.
Now, this isn’t just limited to offering your dog enough food. In some cases, your dog may not like some foods which other dogs or even the dogs in its breed do. So, you might have to go an extra mile in trying to understand what your dog actually likes instead of just giving the general food you are supposed to feed to a dog of your dog’s breed.
Understanding the Body Language:
This is perhaps the most difficult part of all and the one that takes a lot of time to excel in understanding what different body gestures and signs of different pet animals mean. Though each pet will have to be treated differently, few common body parts / gestures you need to be aware and knowledgeable of are:
- Movement and behavior of your pet’s tail (very important for dogs);
- Voice, important for almost each pet as growling, singing and barking will all signal different things;
- Body stance, as your pet may take different stance in different situations;
- Eyes (blinking eyes vs. wide open eyes would mean different things altogether); and
For example, a bird will bark in excitement, click its tongue to be friendly, growl in aggression and whistle or sing when feeling happy, safe and comfortable. However, the barking of dog may not necessarily mean aggression as dogs bark for multiple reasons: as a response, to ask help, greeting someone new or even in times of distress (constant barking is generally a distress signal).
Understanding all the needs of your pet is a process that takes time to excel in. As you spend more and more time with your pet, you will start understanding the specific dynamics and requirements associated with your pet. Depending on the type of pet you have, it is always advisable to conduct a thorough study of the needs associated with that particular animal so that you can get a head start in understanding your pet in a smart way. But remember, each animal within the same category is different to others so the element of spending more and more time with your pet remains at the top of the list.