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Giving your Pet a Purpose

Giving your Dog or Cat a Job or a Purpose

Giving your pet a sense of purpose can enrich their lives and improve their overall well-being.

Here are some ways to provide purpose for your pets and why it's important:


Providing purpose for your pets is not only beneficial for their mental and emotional health but also contributes to their physical well-being as well as strengthens the bond between you and your pets.


A purpose for your pets is essential if you live in a multi-pet household since it is common to have tension between animals. Giving each animal a purpose improves harmony in the household.


When choosing your pet's purpose, consider their personality. Maybe your cat's job is to keep your lap warm or your dog's job is to make you laugh.


If you are experiencing behavioural challenges, providing a purpose for your pet can help your animal feel calm, safe, and happy. For example, if your dog pulls on the leash, you can communicate to your dog that it is their job (purpose) to make the walk fun, enjoyable, and a relaxing experience. Your dog's purpose is to work together with you, in partnership on walks (and all the time!)


Purpose can also be found in day-to-day life. Training your pets' tricks or tasks provides purpose and a sense of accomplishment. Routines can reduce stress and anxeity. Add purpose to your routine. Give your dog the purpose to lay on the bed at night to help you fall asleep or to wake you up in the morning. Find small enjoyable things your pet can do throughout the day that you can reinforce.


Giving your dog and cat a sense of purpose enriches their lives, enhances their overall well-being, and strengthens the bond between you and your pets. Providing purpose for your dog or cat is simple when you consider providing opportunities for them to engage in meaningful activities throughout their days and encouraging them to act out their instinctual behaviours; such as digging, sniffing, climbing, and exploring.


For ideas on what type of purpose and more details on how to provide a purpose for your pet, watch the video below. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about providing a purpose for your pet.




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