You don’t have to be a pet lover to love your pet.
You can have a cute, cuddly pet and then have them like you, says Ashley Williams, a veterinary psychologist from the University of Auckland.
And if you don’t love your pets, there are some great options for your own pets.
Here are the top tips to getting your pet into your heart.
Give your pet a new toy.
A toy is just one of the ways that your pet can connect with you.
“Toys are a great way to get them into your life,” says Williams.
“You can put them in a crate and play with them, and when they’re tired or have a cold, they’ll sit and wait for you.”
“You don’t need to buy a new one,” she says.
Feed your pet when it’s hungry.
The more often your pet is fed, the more affection they’ll have for you.
Williams recommends feeding your pet only when it feels hungry, and if you’re not sure if it’s eating.
“If you don.t know if your pet likes you or not, then feed it,” she recommends.
Play a little tag game.
This is a great opportunity to get the pet to connect with your partner.
“It’s a great idea to have a tag game for your pet,” says Jones.
“They may have other toys that they like, so you can just put them into that box and let them get in there.”
Play tag with a buddy.
A friend or family member can also make this a fun game.
“I’d like to see the owner of the cat and dog play tag, so they can have fun and have fun with their pet,” she adds.
“Then I would love to see a couple play tag.”
Have fun and let your pet enjoy itself.
“The best thing about having a pet is it’s so easy to play with,” says Taylor.
“Your pet is your life.
If you enjoy it, they can come to you.”
You can get your dog, cat or bird a new hobby at the pet store.
The trick, says Williams, is to be sure that your pets love what you have.
“For a pet, you can always get them something new,” she advises.
Make a plan.
“Planning is very important,” says Kale Williams, an animal behaviourist from the Veterinary College of Victoria.
“And if you plan ahead, you don,t have to make any mistakes.
If they’re happy with the plan, then they’ll go for it.”
Train them to do things for you in a way you enjoy.
“A pet is a person,” says Thompson.
“Make sure your pet understands the difference between humans and animals.”
“And then you can train them to help you with your daily chores,” she continues.
“Take them out and play fetch, pick them up and give them treats.”
Be sure that you have time for your pets.
“In the long run, it’s better to spend time with your pets than having to go and get them from day to day,” says Smith.
“But for those times when you have to go to a new place or a new activity, having a little bit of time with them will help you get over it and focus on the things you love about them.”
Be aware of their needs.
“Having a pet can help you find what you need,” says Evans.
“Some pets are very territorial and they may not always be happy to have their own space.”
And there are many things that can be done for your animals, like keeping them indoors and keeping them clean.
“So when you find something that you want, then you’ll get your animal to do that thing,” Evans says.
Teach them a lesson.
“Pet owners who want to be able to interact with their pets and be more than just pets should be aware of the importance of respect,” says Adams.
“Especially with a dog, you may be in the process of breeding him.
You might want to consider teaching him a lesson or a lesson plan.
That way, you’ll not be in a situation where he has to do something like throw a tantrum.”
“In some cases, teaching your pet not to act that way can actually help your pet be more friendly with you,” says Edwards.
“That’s the difference.”
Take your pet outside for exercise.
“Exercise is an important part of your pet’s life,” adds Williams.
You’ll want to ensure that your dog and cat are well-conditioned before you go outside for the first time.
“Do not take your pet outdoors unless they are properly warmed up and fed,” says Davis.
“When they’re not properly warmed and fed, they won’t get enough exercise.”
Teach your dog how to sit. “Sit