A 10,000 year relationship
Did you know man and dog formed loyal relationships as long ago as 10,000 years?
It is believed the grey wolf was the first to accept companionship between prehistoric humans and many dog species today transcend from the grey wolf.
Thousands of years ago man and beast hunted together; although wolves would have willingly killed and eaten its fellow hunter it is believed man trained wolf puppies and formed the long standing and loyal relationships we recognise today.
Boundaries between man and animals was important for survival, thankfully today we do not need worry about being hunted by wolves in our modern day lives.
However, pet boundaries are still important for your pets happiness and loyalty.
Taming the Wolf
Setting boundaries in your relationship with your pet will ultimately ensure they understand their place within the home and your everyday life.
For some people their pets are like their children. Their furry babies dine with them at a dinner table, sleep in their bed and snuggle up close on the sofa at night.
We are all guilty of spoiling our pets and our pampered pets simply adore the attention, this treatment can often lead to a little pet confusion!
Pets need and understand boundaries, your pets instinct to obey is ingrained by thousands of years of history.
Would you prefer a pet to return to you when called or does not sit and beg at the table when you are hosting a dinner party?
Let’s be honest no one wants to be the person shouting across the local park whilst their pet terrorises people and other animals.
A pet with boundaries is more likely to obey commands than pets with confused boundaries within your relationship.
Bond with Boundaries
Take a look at the Top 5 reasons why setting boundaries is important for you and your pet.
Build a positive relationship. Your pet will have total respect for you and your commands if you are able to show them you are ‘alpha’ in the relationship. Positive relationships equal good behaviour.
Pet clever. Trained pets and pets with boundaries show a higher level of intelligence than pets who have little or no boundaries. You will be the envy of all the other pet owners with your clever pooch.
Obtain loyalty. When you positively train your pet you will be rewarded with loyalty. Boundaries enhance your pets happiness, they will ultimately recognise you for their source of happiness. A happy pet is a loyal pet.
You will learn something too. Being able to train your pet with positive affirmations and commands will give you a sense of achievement too. Learning new commands and the best way to train your pet will keep you occupied and interested. A happy owner equals a happy pet.
A sociable pet. As you train and set boundaries for your pet you are teaching it to be social and accept interaction. The more your pet accepts interaction in a positive way the more likely they will be sociable with other people and animals.
Setting positive boundaries can be very straightforward. Most pets work on a treat and reward basis, realising if they return to you when called they will be rewarded with a pet or treat.
Using a local pet training service will often be the best way to understand how to positively train your pet. Not only are pet training classes a great way for your pet to be sociable and make friends, you will be able to meet like minded pet lovers too.
Let go of Guilt
For some pet owners the thought of setting boundaries in the relationship can leave them feeling guilty. Boundaries may come in the form of not letting pets beg near the dinner table or learning to sleep in the utility room in the evening.
Understanding your pet is perfectly happy as they are still loved and rewarded will allow you to let go of guilt.
After all your pet will be a social butterfly who responds to you when called and is your best and most loyal friend in the world.
A happy pet will give you endless hours of love and loyalty.
What more could you want?