Pet animals bring joy and happiness to the lives of their owner in many ways. It won’t be overstating to say that they improve the quality of your lives and provide unconditional companionship. As a pet owner, considering how they enrich your lives, the least you can do is to care for them and ensure that they are happy. However, there are some common mistakes that pet owners, like yourself, can make when dealing with pets which compromises the care and love your pet deserve.
The decision to adopt a pet and make it a part of your family should be made after careful consideration. Unfortunately, many people are unable to resist the temptation of adopting a cute animal immediately. The result is that you end up with a pet that does not fit well in your home and your family members. A good practice is to research as much as you can about caring for that particular pet, discussing with family members and considering the monetary and time commitment. Once you are sure about the pet, you can consider adopting it. This way you will be happy with the pet and the pet will be happy with you.
There is no arguing with the fact that pets deserve to be treated with love and kindness, but showing your pet excessive kindness can actually be damaging. Kindness and love do not necessarily mean that you provide your pets with everything they want, and whenever they want it. Often, as you bring home a pet your natural instinct is to let them run free in your home so that it feels comfortable. The result is that your pet may excrete in the wrong place, or chew on an unsuitable item. It is better to set clear rules and boundaries from the first day so that you can enjoy a safe and happy life with it.
Rewards, Not Punishment
It is a common mistake among pet owners to focus on punishment to discourage undesirable habits and actions. Punishing your pet only confuses them and they are enabled to understand that they are in trouble. For instances, if your pet eliminates on your living room rug and you punish them, they would most likely conclude that they are not supposed to eliminate in front of you. Next time they will find a hidden place such as the back of a couch to do their business. Instead of punishment, you should manage them by using supervision and confinement and reward them for their good behavior. This will prevent the problematic behavior, reinforce desirable habits and improve your bond with them.
Considering Pets as a Person
Pets should become a member of your family, but it does not imply that you consider them as a furring person. Pets are adaptable to living with people, but at the end of the day, they are still animals. They think and behave in simpler terms as opposed to their own parents. Assuming that your pets could be spiteful or stubborn is unfair to them and tends to create hurdles in your relationship. So if your pet is chewing your new shoe, or eating your plants, it is probably because they are bored and not to punish or upset you.