6 Ways to Love Your Pet on National Love Your Pet Day

Earlier this week, I dropped off my senior dog, Sanchez, at the vet for dental surgery. I had a hard time saying goodbye to him, but I was comforted when I was able to leave him with his own calming music for senior dogs. When I asked the nurse if she would make sure his music went with him everywhere—both pre- and post-surgery—she said, “Sure. It’s so sweet that you really love your dog so much.” February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day, and I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what that means.

While it’s really National Love Your Dog Day every day in my canine household, there are infinite ways of showing your pet you love them. Here are just a few suggestions:

1. Speak their language

Dogs are constantly watching our body language so they can understand us. Cats just expect that we’ll understand their behaviors. But, whether you have a dog, cat, bird or tortoise, it’s important that you understand their species and become fluent in their behavior. For example, read up on how dogs see with their noses.

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2. Be consistent

Pets thrive and build confidence with consistency in their environment. Some are so sensitive to the slightest change. Moving Kitty’s feeding dish to a new location might be so upsetting that she’ll stop eating. Our lives are filled with variables; try and be as consistent as possible with your pet’s schedule, feeding time, etc. And, be consistent with your house rules. It’s up to you whether you invite Buster into your bed. But, if he’s allowed sometimes and scolded other times, he’ll not understand why you’re upset and could easily shut down because of confusion.

 

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3. Do some training every day

Pets trained with positive reinforcement thrive. It not only is a way to show love to your pet, but builds a healthy bond with your pet. And, it just might be the best part of your pet’s day. My dogs, Sanchez and Gina, cry for their training time with me very night. And, it really is never too late to teach an old dog a new trick.

4. Let them be themselves

You may have just adopted a Golden Retriever because you love the breed and you want one with the same behavior of the senior Golden you recently lost. But your new Golden might have an entirely different personality. Understand and accept his difference in personality. We don’t always get the pet we want, but we always get the one we need. Their different personality might just be exactly what is best for you right now.

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5. Be conscious of their sound environment

Most pets are much more aware of their sound environment than the 2-leggeds in the household.  Not only can kitty hear a range of 11.5 octaves (one octave higher than dogs and 1.6 octaves higher than humans) but the sound of the TV in one room and a radio playing in another is enough to make her go hide underneath a bed. And, cheering loudly for your favorite football team may be disturbing enough to make Buster bark wildly. Always provide a safe, quiet room for your pets. Better yet if you play some music especially designed for their species. Just remember that dogs will sometimes tolerate anything (even if it’s not good for them) just to be near you. So, if Buster doesn’t leave the room when you blast your music, you might just want to turn down the volume for his benefit. It might even be good for you too.

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6. Be still together

Other species do a much better job at being present than humans. Let your pet teach you how to be still and enjoy that precious time together. If your pet is physically affectionate, cuddle up together. Just be present and be mindful. You’ll cherish these moments of doing nothing together for years to come.

How do you show your pet you love them? Thanks for adding your thoughts in a comment below.

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Mike R
Mike R5 months ago

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Mike R5 months ago

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Mike R5 months ago

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Mike R5 months ago

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William C
William Cabout a year ago

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

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Teresa B. S
Teresa B. S1 years ago

You are always so spot on with your tips Lisa.

Glad you got my favorite – be present. Even if it’s 30 seconds a few times a day, the depth of the presence has made a significant impact on my connection with my dog.
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Linda P
Linda P1 years ago

Here I thought they were just extra greedy for treats today but I'll bet they had checked the calendar. These are good reminders for everyone with pets, even if we love them every day anyway. My senior dog just went blind from diabetic complications so I will do everything I can to make him feel loved.

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Linda P
Linda P1 years ago

Here I thought they were just extra greedy for treats today but I'll bet they had checked the calendar. These are good reminders for everyone with pets, even if we love them every day anyway. My senior dog just went blind from diabetic complications so I will do everything I can to make him feel loved.

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Elisabeth Hansson
Elisabeth H3 years ago

TY

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