How is the relationship with your pet? Do you really understand your dog? Do you know the needs of your cat? To guarantee the well-being of our pet, it is necessary to stop and think about what it really needs to be happy. It is important to know how to detect the signals that our dog or cat sends us and identify the main problems that may arise.
For all this, the Affinity Foundation and Atresmedia have launched the #Inseparable campaign, which seeks to educate families so that they have the best possible relationship with their dogs and cats. The objective is to get to know our pets better, take care of the relationship with them and know what we can expect from that bond.
Why is the #Inseparable campaign necessary?
Sometimes we believe that we are fulfilling all the needs of our animals and that they are very happy, but this is not always the case. According to a study carried out by researchers from the Affinity Foundation among more than a thousand families that live with dogs, we tend to think that our pets are happier than they really are.
Why does this phenomenon occur? The fundamental problem is that we tend to assess a situation according to how we experience it. The needs of an animal are very different from the needs of a person, so we should not try to satisfy them in the same way. For example, a dog enjoys a long walk sniffing everything in its path more than a designer collar, a birthday cake or going on vacation. It is convenient not to humanize them.
However, it is not always easy to identify the possible problems that affect a dog or cat. Precisely, the #Inseparable campaign of the Affinity Foundation and Atresmedia aims to be a movement that allows pet parents to help them have the best possible relationship with their pets. For this, it is important to know well the real needs of our dogs and cats to be happy.
This campaign wants to invite the caregivers to reflect, giving them the necessary information and tools so that they can identify if they are really covering the real needs of their animal. In addition, it seeks to motivate the conversation so that among the
families themselves can give each other advice, share reflections and ideas on how they are forging the best relationship with their dog or cat.
How to strengthen the bond with dogs and cats?
There is no exact formula, but within the framework of the #Inseparable campaign, the Affinity Foundation has defined ten keys that every pet parent should take into account:
1. Wants to feel like a dog or a cat: Dogs sniff, dig, search… and cats want to hunt, be on heights, hide… If they can’t do that, they can’t be what they are, a dog or a cat! ! His greatest reward is being able to do what defines him as what he is, which is part of his nature. Find out what he likes to do the most (that is positive for him) and offer it to him!
2. Understanding what he feels is key in your relationship: In any relationship, communication is a basic element. Understanding what your animal feels and what it wants to convey to you is key to achieving it. Get information on specialized websites or books that talk about communication with dogs and cats.
3. Playing allows you to connect with your essence: The game is essential in your relationship. Just like us, playful activity is essential to stimulate them: you will have fun, and they will practice their skills in a fun way. But it is not only entertainment, but in his case it is part of the normal behavior that an animal shows every day and is a source of well-being: they are “programmed” for it and that is why it is a necessity to cover.
4. He adores you (and it’s not because of what you think…): What he needs most from you is not a hug (which many dogs and cats don’t like very much) or an explanation of how your day went, but spend time with you playing, walking or feeling safe in the environment that you offer.
5. You are their world: They need our support and affection. Giving them our full attention is good because we are more aware of their signals and enjoy their presence more. So when you are together doing some activity, try to put aside distractions (mobile outside) and enjoy the present as they do.
6. Tell him what you expect of him: Yes, they also want to know what we expect of them. This helps them have a more predictable environment and avoids the frustration that shows up in behavior problems. It is convenient to react in the same way to the same behaviors and so that they learn what we expect of them.
7. Offer them a stimulating environment: You don’t see the same movie every day, nor do they want to smell the same street, the same park every day… The world is very rich and they like to discover new things. In cats, it also adapts the space to enrich its world with high spaces and places where it can take refuge.
8. Make him feel safe: You are his superhero. They need you to feel safe and both space (in cats) and family support are key for them. For your dog, you are the main source of security for him, whether good or bad things are happening. If you are, he is better. For your cat, what makes him feel safe is his territory. His house is his safe place.
9. Keep him from suffering: Avoid anything that scares him or makes him nervous or makes him restless. There are unavoidable things but surely you can find a way to make it more bearable.
10. Relationships are not perfect (and neither is this one): In any relationship, communication is a basic element. Understanding what your animal feels and what it wants to convey to you is key, and to achieve this, find out about specialized websites or books that talk about communication between dogs and cats. For example, not always when they wag their tails it means they are happy, the context and the rest of the signals will be key to really understanding what they want to tell you.