Working from home with our best companions.
Animals have been our companions for as long as can be remembered. Aside from blessing us with their undivided attention every day, they also provide extra comfort. Here we endeavor to cover some more reasons why we should love our pets even more than we already do, especially during this time of uncertainty, we need all the reassurance we can get.
There’s no doubt that pets increase our opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize, with research suggesting that regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels.
Studies have shown that pets can also help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship and unconditional love, they may also give their owners a greater sense of purpose. This is particularly important for our mental health during this pandemic, where people’s regular routines have been interrupted around the world and we have decreased levels of human interaction. That’s why animals, especially dogs, make such great therapists. As it turns out, this is a mutually beneficial arrangement – dogs feel the same happy feelings we do when we interact with them!
In the same way that our happy feelings are linked with our pets, we are now getting to experience firsthand what it’s like to be stuck at home all day! The most exciting part of our pet’s day is when we come home (and food of course!). When we’re sad they help to cheer us up, when we’re happy they mirror that joy, and when we’re somewhere in between, they just want to love us.
At times my pets can be like children, albeit less work than the real deal I’m sure, but still sometimes a handful with their own personalities and nuances. So now that we are spending plenty of time at home with our pet friends in mutual boredom, it’s a great time to not only give them the exercise they want and need (especially if one of those pets is a bird, of which I have), but to teach them a new trick or reinforce positive behaviors and correct any negative ones.
Considering there is more time on our hands, and considering the family are in such close proximity to each other. Makes it a very good time to go over and teach new tricks, training comes with its own frustrations and rewards. When it came to training a dog, watching videos of the world famous ‘dog whisperer’, Cesar Millan incredibly interesting and helpful. He explains the best way to approach interacting and training your dog.
So while pets are amazing for us mentally and physically, simply owning a pet isn’t enough – we have to put in the effort to train and nurture them. Specifically, dogs who need routine in their lives, just like humans. In this current situation, I’m sure dogs (and some cats) around the world are super excited that their owners are spending more time with them.
However, for most, this may be a big change in their usual routine, and as owners we need to make sure that we provide strong leadership for them. At home we are the pack leader, we set the rules – but if we aren’t doing a good job, our dogs can take over that position instead!
If you have some great tips and tricks, or simply want to show off your pets, send us a note, we’d love to show off your pet and hear from you. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , with any pet pictures or exciting pet stories!
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