Do you ever think about how your time is spent with the Animals? Do you set aside time each day for them? Do you involve them in your daily routine? Do you pick activities that can be enjoyed by both of you? Is there a time when they have wanted to be involved in what you are doing and you said no?
When we choose to have an animal in our life, we are also making the commitment to keep them healthy, safe and loved. They are now a part of our family. They are now invested in the success of this relationship with us. Everyone has become partners.
Every day you should have a couple of routines that the animals can look forward too. Get into the habit of making this a priority. Do not push them away or say later. If your schedule does not support this, at least make the habits weekly. This could include a walk, some type of playing, meditating, helping you clean, reading, etc. If there is more than one human family member, this would work good as each of you could have a special activity. This keeps the animal busy and builds a special bond with each person individually.
Meditating is good for the animals. All animals can benefit from this. It is a time to relax, release and get grounded not only for you but also the animal. If you are doing something and the animal comes over to check it out, try to include them. Say thank you for their help when finished or thank them for being a good supervisor. Always thank the animal for spending time with you.
I tried Goat Yoga and after the session was completed, this goat decided to give me a kiss good-bye. Yoga is another activity that could include your animal.
Clifford loved listening to poems. Clifford and I were listening to a poem called “Hiccups”. Every time the word “Hiccups” was mentioned his ears would come forward really fast. This was entertaining for all as we laughed through most of the poem. The writer of the poem was thrilled to have such a captive audience. Needless to say the poem was read several times.
The animals look forward to this time with us. Nothing is being asked of them. Everyone is enjoying being with each other. Animals do have internal clocks and like us, look forward to their activities with the family. The length of time is not as important as giving your attention multiple times throughout a day. This will be excellent bonding time for all.