Patience is a Virtue

Patience is a Virtue

Throughout life, it is always taught that patience is a virtue. This is also a very important lesson in being a pet parent. Whether your dog or cat is a new member of the family, or not, handling training, correcting bad behavior, or even reinforcing rules of the home can become very frustrating. There are many things to remember while taking on the task of communicating with your furry friend. Patience to learn these tasks and use them daily is very important in being a pet parent. These key factors will help keep a healthy relationship with your pet, as well as, a happy home.

  1. Body Language.

Always be sure that you are aware of your body language when addressing your pet. Naturally, animals communicate with body language. Therefore, be sure to always keep in mind what you are trying to tell your pet, and how you portray yourself when doing so. They are looking at your body language, not necessarily listening to your words. Be aware of that when addressing your dog or cat.

  1. Tone of Voice.

Another way animals communicate is verbally. The tone of your voice takes part in a huge role in how your pet will interact with you, or even strangers. Be sure to keep a very upbeat, happy tone with your pet in day-to-day life. This will allow them to know your natural tone along with body language. In times of disappointment, when changing that tone of voice, it won’t take long for your pet to understand that they’ve done something unacceptable.

  1. Consistency

Everyday life has its consistency; wake up, go to work, go to the gym, come home, make dinner, go to bed. Be sure to keep your pet’s life consistent as well. When your pets know that they are a part of your busy lifestyle, they have a happier demeanor. Something as small as a treat a certain time of the day lets your furry friend know that they are important. Along with consistency in your schedule, also be sure to stay consistent when teaching your pet new tasks or behavior. Without constant reinforcement, the behavior is soon lost. Your dog or cat needs positive reinforcement when performing the right behavior, and when not, correction, correction, correction. Soon, its not only a lesson, but a bonding experience for you and your pet.

  1. Bonding

Finally, the most important of all is, your relationship with your pet. Your pet needs to know that you are there for them, and communicating about it is very important. Something as small as a fifteen-minute snuggle session is enough to let them know you are there for them. In turn, they will be there for you. Instead of writing a journal, tell your dog or cat about your day, even if you don’t speak out loud, they hear you. Thinking about your worries while they sit with you and think with you, it’s truly an experience. You will quickly learn that you communicate with your pet more than you ever realized.

In order to use these key elements in keeping a healthy relationship with your pet, it takes a lot of patience. A bond between human and animal isn’t instant. It’s a trusting relationship that takes work. In order for your furry friend to understand you and vice versa, it takes so much more than just the commitment of becoming a pet parent. Taking the time to work hard to understand each other is definitely worth the lifetime of memories you will create together.

Copyright © 2016 Crystal Brown/ No Worries Pet Sitting. All Rights Reserved.

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