6 Helpful Tips For When You’re Having Trouble Bonding With A Pet:

Building relationships can take a bit of effort, with humans and animals alike. If you just can’t seem to connect to your or someone else’s pet, don’t worry! Personalities vary greatly and some can take more time than others to “click” with one another. Here are helpful tips to help you bond with a new pet, a pet you’ve never seemed to see eye to eye with, or the pet of a loved one.

Abigail Brown

 

Understanding Possible Trauma

Humans and animals both hold onto memories and the impressions those memories have made on their psyche, for long amounts of time. No trauma looks the same, and it is not uncommon for some animals to take a long amount of time to trust humans. Abuse towards animals can be both emotional and physical. Below are resources to help you better understand how to offer support to an animal who has been abused in the past, and how to identify signs that your pet may have experienced trauma in the past.

7 Red Flags That Your Dog May Have Been Abused

Adopting a Pet with a History of Abuse: What You Should Know 

 

Positive Reinforcement

One great way to show an animal that you notice them behaving positively, and to show that you care for them, is positive reinforcement. This can be achieved by giving your pet a treat when they listen to a command, playing with them/offering physical affection to keep them engaged, and by verbally praising them.

 

Set Up A “Safe Space” For Your Pet

This is a fun way to help an animal become more comfortable within your home and with those around them. Set up a pet bed for them in a quiet part of the house, make sure it is large enough for their body to lay on comfortably. This safe area should be set up with access to food, water, litter box, etc. It can be helpful to wash a new pet bed with detergents used in your household, so it smells more familiar to them. Additionally, think about adding toys and a blanket to help it become even cozier. To solidify the fact that it is their space, consider giving your pet treats and affection when they are first introduced to their new space– to let them know they are safe and cared for when there. You giving them access to an area of safety helps them not only feel comfortable in the house they are in… but also with you, the human, who gave that sense of security to them.

More tips on setting up a safe place for your pet:

How to Set Up a Safe Space for Your Dog

How to Create a Safe Room for Your Cat

 

 

Training Classes

Many pet-related businesses offer training classes that work with dogs and their owners. Going through training classes with your pup has similar results to that of team-building exercises for humans. It aids a sense of teamwork to strengthen and evolve between owner and pet, as well as helping your pup become more familiar with listening to your commands.

 

One-On-One Time

Never underestimate the power of a little bonding time. Even if you and the pet you are wishing to bond with are not directly interacting, going about your daily routine with them near you can help greatly. It both makes them feel a part of your everyday life, and you a part of theirs.  This establishes a routine for the owners and pets involved and is a large step towards coexisting with ease.

 

Loving Them Anyway

Not to sound similar to the final stage of grief, but a level of acceptance is important in some cases. Not every animal is the same, and sometimes, pets will only bond to one human–if any. Unfortunately, that one human isn’t always you. It could be a spouse, family member, or friend that they finally connect to. In this case, it is very important to accept this fact and love them anyway. Just because they are not bonded to you, does not mean they don’t care for you in their own special way. Show them love, and take care of them. You never know, that bridge could be built in the future when you least expect it.

 

 

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10 Simply Hilarious Dog Haircuts:

Having the same old hairstyle can become repetitive, maybe even a little boring. There is only one thing to do when your pup is tired of their look…shake things up! Here are 10 of our favorite, eye-catching, and just a tad laughable pups who surely know how to work their snazzy new looks.

Abigail Brown 

 

The “I want it poofy and think… space!”

Marie Antoinette dog hairstyle

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We admire this pup for their confidence and dramatic flair. But one question, how did their groomer get those fluffy spheres so darn perfect?

 

A solution to the age-old “Only my head gets cold” dilemma

 

Sphinx dog haircut

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This pup combines style and functionality, allowing their body a cool breeze; whilst keeping their head all nice and toasty. We give them a gold star.

 

The “2000s were true fashion”

 

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This look is an artistic take on the hairstyles that once adorned the heads of many pop icons in 2000-2005. We love the pop of pink, and can’t get over how cute this little fashionista is.

 

The “Humpty Dumpty”

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Right here is a pup who clearly knows what they want. Clean edges and a very defined shape, the “Humpty Dumpty” brings a childhood classic to life in an oh so cute way. Just look at that little smile!

 

The perfect bun

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Such a cute pup, with an equally cute hairstyle. Her updo perfectly accentuates her eyes and is undeniably charming. Someone get that dog cuddles ASAP!

 

The “No…I didn’t get this idea from Justin Bieber”

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The perfect look for an aspiring pop sensation! Just enough drama to keep you hanging onto his every word, with a side of cuteness that’ll have you coming back for more.  Now that’s a doggie heartthrob if we’ve ever seen one!

 

The “Half in, half out”

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For the pup who wants to go all-in and make a drastic change…but is a little hesitant about the all-in part. This look is a perfect way for them to dip their toes in the water and decide if a fully shaved look is truly for them.

 

Heavy metal isn’t a music preference, it’s a way of life

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This orange mohawk shows everyone just how hardcore a pup you are. That right there is a doggo who means business and won’t take no for an answer. We wish we were that cool!

 

An all-new take on the “Cold shoulder”

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While we are not entirely sure this pup and their owner achieved their desired outcome with this look, we applaud them for their risk-taking. It certainly is quite a look, to say the least. On chilly days, may we suggest a sweater?

 

The “Ms.Maybell, from next door”

17 Times Pet Haircuts Went So Wrong, It’s Hilarious

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For the final spot on our list, we leave you with this adorable hairstyle. We love the vintage undertones of this pup’s look. Charming and classic, this pupper is heartwarming to look at and oh so precious.

 

 

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How To Ease A New Pet Into Your Home:

   Adding a new pet into the mix is undeniably exciting and fun. However, like any transition, it can be a learning process at the same time. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when integrating a new furry family member into your home. 

By Abigail Brown

Be patient and calm

  A new pet is bound to be at least a little nervous when brought into a new environment, more so when there are other pets in the home that they are meeting for the first time. Take it slow and don’t rush them to interact with one another. A great way to help ease this is to have a separate location for your new pet to stay, so they can have some alone time to get used to the house– and slowly interact over time. 

 

Build a routine

  If your new pet will be the only animal in your home, get a routine set up for their feeding, walking, playtime, etc. to help them get familiar and feel comfortable within your home. If there are other animals in the home and your new friend is separated from them initially, utilize the same schedule for them that you normally use with your other pets. This will ease their transition into sharing feeding time, walks, and attention with another animal.

Example:

-Feed at 8 am

-Walk

-Playtime at 12 pm

-Treats 

-Walk 2 pm

-Dinner 3 pm

-Walk before bedtime

Celebrate the good behavior of any pets within the home

A good way to help your new friend adjust to your household rules is to reward both them and any other pets in the home for things they do well–or for listening particularly well. Even small moments such as coming when told being positively enforced can help greatly. This is especially helpful if you already have an animal integrated within your home who follows directions, as it will encourage your new pet to follow their example. Rewarding all animals in the home whenever possible, rather than only your new animal, helps keep their forming bond in the best shape possible while not causing competition to arise. 

 

Quality time 

  Get to know your new pet, try your best to bring a new animal friend into your home when your schedule will allow you the time to get to know them. Spend as much time with your new fur baby as possible, and their adjustment into your home will go a lot smoother. This quality time will also help build the bond between pet and pet parent.  

 

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