Improving your Bond with your Pet - CHALLENGE!

Why do people have pets? I'd think that the idea of bonding with an animal and the unconditional love that an animal shows us are some of the many reasons people do have pets. In addition to experiencing such an amazing bond, animals can teach us so much. They expose us to new and different activities, ways of thinking and communicating, exercise, friendship and love and even provide us with health benefits such as stress relief!

In my experience sharing my life with a variety of different animals, I have discovered that there are many different bonds that you can create with your pet. All animals have their own personalities that affect the animal - human relationship and the activities that we do together. The time and effort that we put into caring for our pets also effect our relationship. Just like any relationship, it takes work. It doens't happen over night and it isn't always easy. It can be frustrating, tiring and some days we just want to be left alone! However, the good days are amazing and worth any effort and time spent.

We each bond with our animals at different degrees. Some animals seem to know what their person is thinking and feeling and build an amazingly strong bond. But some times, people go through their day and don't put in enough time or effort into building a relationship with their animals. These people still have a loving relationship with their pets, but just aren't able to build that special connection to their person. By taking an animal into our care, I feel that it is our responsibility to ensure that we have a happy and healthy bond that will positively affect you and your pet.

Why bond to your pet? There are both physical and mental health benefits.

Studies have shown that having bonding with animals can..

-improve emotional and psychological state of being

-help you cope during stressful times

-reduce stress

-reduce feelings of loneliness and depression