Pets Are Reflections Of Who We Are
And the very real connection we share.
During ancient times, things were rough. There was no such thing as a free lunch and pets had to work (employment!) to earn their keep. Dogs were typically used for hunting, while cats were pest control back home.
Fast-forward to today, most pets are now unemployed (barring a hardworking few) and can be found in any corner of any city. This transition from the field to our couches forever changed our relationship with them. Having literally evolved alongside us, they’ve turned from colleagues into life-long companions.
While no longer productive members of society, our relationship with these Marxists has grown such that we’ve learnt to empathize and even influence each other. More than that, they offer us a rare but honest peek into ourselves.
From the Outside Looking In
Have your friends ever described your pets as ‘active’? Maybe ‘curious’? How about ‘clingy’? Did it match up with your own personality? (Be honest now!)
More often than not, how we describe them won’t be far off from how we actually are. Pretty strange at first blush, but our pets actually pay a lot of attention to us. They react based on how we react, live according to our routine, and form behaviours based on our habits.
Of course we can’t dismiss their genetic disposition – and psychology geeks will be quick to point out we’re taking the ‘nurture’ perspective – but we believe that how we choose to lead our lives has a greater impact on our pet’s behaviour, regardless of breed.
This means if your pets happen to be clingy…
While we’re not advocating for monkhood just yet, this does mean that our pets are little balls of stress absorbers. Whether it’s through our tone of voice, body language, and even facial expressions, our pets can read us pretty darn well.
The upshot? The first step to fixing any behavioral problems starts with us. Let’s ponder on a few scenarios:
- How do we react when we overcook our banana breads?
- What are we like when we go a day without our coffee?
- How do we act during a walk and your dog wants to greet another?
Depending on our reactions and the environment, this can stress our furry friends out and implicitly teach them to respond a certain way. Over time, habits can form which will slowly shape their personality – which isn’t great news if, like us, your life revolves around a cup of Joe!
Personality is Fluid
Don’t fawn if your pals have developed some bad habits along the way though! We may not notice it, but like us, our pets change over time too! All it takes is conscious effort, patience, and consistency. Also coffee.
Similarly, it’s never too late to start training or even enrolling them to obedience classes – and that goes for cats too! Not only will it teach them good manners, but it also does wonders for their wellbeing. A stimulated pet is a happy pet!
Cats and dogs are a part of our shared history. They tune into our emotions like no other and are happy to take our ups along with our downs. That said, they are a reflection of ourselves – good and bad – and their personality might say more about ourselves than them.
On a lighter note – this is also what makes them uniquely our own! There will simply never be another creature that captures the quirks and humour of your homebody.
When they need direction just keep it light and breezy! Positive reinforcement is the way to go and you’ll be all sorted soon enough.