A Look at Anthrozoology: Why the Bond With Your Pet is Unique
The human-animal bond is one steeped in great history. From the cave paintings in Lascaux to Barry the heroic St. Bernard, animals have contributed to cultures and societies worldwide.
Without a doubt, we truly love our pets, and our collective curiosity for their feelings can help us better connect with our own sense of humanity. Keep reading to learn more about the bond with your pet and how to strengthen it even more.
Changing the Mystery
Anthrozoology is a contemporary scientific field that combines anthropology, veterinary medicine, and zoology (among others). Its goal is to help us understand the complex dynamics of the relationship between people and animals.
Recent studies indicate that pet owners can actually duplicate the same bond or connection that parents have with their children. Not surprisingly, these feelings go beyond mere attachment. But what’s really at the heart of the special bond with your pet?
The Human-Animal Bond
The bond with your pet is beneficial to both of you. It’s hard to ignore the good feelings that come when you arrive home, exercise together, or share some well-deserved cuddle time. The relationship between owners and their beloved pets can also increase mental health and reduce stress, pain, blood pressure, and heart disease.
Strengthening the Bond With Your Pet
Amazingly, the bond with your pet has the potential to positively affect long term health and stability. It can even reduce healthcare costs and improve your general outlook. Indeed, pet owners have a more positive and optimistic view of the future, are less lonely, and are more likely to have deeper social interactions.
To repay your pet for all of these gifts, try the following:
- Spend quality time together each and every day
- Offer meaningful opportunities for exercise and/or mental stimulation
- Maintain regular wellness exams
- Groom him or her regularly
- Understand your pet’s body language
- Take note of his or her preferences
- Provide training (this is a great way for you to “speak” the same language)
In some cases, a pet may form a stronger bond when rescued from dire circumstances, paving the way for separation anxiety or fear of abandonment. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s behavior. Once trained, your pet will become the most loving, devoted companion you’ve ever known.
Beyond Safety and Security
Pets are dependent on their owners for food, shelter, wellness care, and, of course, love. In fact, the mutually beneficial relationship between owners and pets leads both to crave quality time together. This bond with your pet is truly unique, and represents the ultimate in health and happiness. Really, who could ask for anything more?