Trust and your pet
Like any relationship, the absence of trust makes forming a solid bond difficult. Trust allows relationships to grow and develop. Building a strong bond with a pet is not only possible, but incredibly important.
How to build trust with your pet:
The easiest way to build trust with your pet is to be nice to them. In the early days, they will be sussing you out. They want to know if you are someone they want to be around or not. This can be particularly true for rescue pets who haven’t experienced a lot of love and kindness. Be gentle and loving to your pet always, and over time they will see that you’re a keeper and someone they can trust. How? Pat them, play with them, care for them and talk to them nicely. Find out what they love and provide that. It’s not about necessarily spoiling your pet, it’s about being a loving owner and carer.
Animals learn routines and come to know patterns. To build and maintain their trust, make sure you stick to the plan. For example, if you have a certain day you walk together, do your best to stick to this. Of course, life can get in the way but the basics for animals should always be met. If you are worried about not getting home at a reasonable hour to feed your pet, arrange for a neighbour or friend to feed them. By always delivering what they expect and need, your pet will learn that you are not going to let them down.
Like humans, animals get to know our personalities. If you’re an energetic person who plays constantly with your pet, they will come to learn this about you. If you then become very quiet and disengaged, it could become confusing. Do your best to stay consistent. This will help your pet understand you and what you’re about.
Finally, be patient. Many great relationships are formed over time. Trust is something we need to learn and earn so keep this in mind.
Topic: Owning a Pet