1. Make eye contact
Gazing deeply into a loved one’s eyes has long been regarded as a signal of love and trust, but did you know that this is also true of the love between you and your pet? Leading scientists have recently discovered that when your pet stares at you, they are essentially hugging you with their eyes. Far from being regarded as a threat, this connection can actually stimulate chemicals in your pet’s brain which strengthens the bond your share. That being said, it probably isn’t advisable to stare your neighbour’s pit-bull square in the eye just yet, maybe wait until you know each other a little better.
2. Give your pet a massage
It’s been a long- proven fact that stroking an animal can lower blood pressure and act as a means of de-stressing. This form of displaying affection, however, can actually have mutual benefits. Stroking a cat from head to tail, for instance, can relax your feline’s muscles which will turn your sofa, bedroom or office into a naturally safe place.
3. Make some time for your BFF
This one seems simple on paper, but we all know how hectic life can get. If it isn’t a work deadline or driving the kids to another after school club, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. However, spending just five minutes of quality time with your pet can make all the difference to your life as well as theirs. Not only will it show your pet how much you care, it will give you a much-needed break from the chaos of modern life. Make a simple change and let your dog lie at your feet when you work from home or invite you cat to sink into your lap when you read.
4. Give your pet a treat
We all love getting a present, especially when we aren’t expecting one. Your pet is no different. If your pet has been good, learnt a new trick or simply just because you love them, why not give them their favourite treat to let them know how special they are to you?
5. Play and have fun
Remember what it was like to be a child? Life was all about playing, having fun and simply being carefree. Those days may seem long ago, but your pet is the key to unlocking your inner child. Animals love nothing more than being allowed to play and revel in freedom, why not join them? Get muddy with your dog at the park, chase string around the kitchen with your cat or create a network of toilet roll tunnels for your hamster. Your pet will love the adventure and excitement of the game and will love you for being a part of it.