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How to deepen the bond with your pet

At Agria we are lucky enough to work with some incredible animal specialists, from vets and behaviourists to experts on nutrition and diet. They all care as much about animal welfare as we do and have shared some of the top tips they have to help us deepen the bond with our pets.
How to deepen the bond with your pet

“Be consistent. Most pets love routines and can be unsettled if life becomes too unpredictable.”

Robin Hargreaves, Agria Senior Veterinary Consultant          

“When stroking, handling or grooming your pet, remember that not saying 'no' isn't the same as saying 'yes'. Try your best to look for ways to allow them to actively choose to partake, and have breaks when needed.”

Sophie White, BVetMed MSc MRCVS, Agria Behavioural Consultant              

“Most pets like gentle grooming and it gives you the chance to spot if there are any lumps or bumps on your pet that may need checking by the vet. Use a soft brush and groom your pet whilst watching TV or just sitting with them as you will both find it very relaxing!

“Most pets love voluntary engagement using tools like clicker training and small treats. Sitting with your pet and playing games like hiding a treat under cups or asking them to sit or lay down for a treat will be fun for them and you."

Marisa Heath, Canine and Feline Sector Group

Playful puppy with their owner outside - Agria Pet Insurance

“Time - give your beloved dog your time! We are all so busy with life's commitments and stresses that our days can fly by and we forget to spend quality time with them. This may be simply watching the world go by, encouraging them to show their skills through simple brain games or adventuring out for a stomp in the elements.”

Hannah Capon, Canine Arthritis Management           

“Mealtimes are special moments that continually strengthen the human-animal bond as food is an ultimate reward for most pets. Providing a nutritious, tasty, and balanced diet enhances this special connection while ensuring your pet's health and happiness.”

Nicole Paley, UK Pet Food

“With such busy lives, it can often feel like we’re rushing to and from the yard to get chores done. Try to plan out some dedicated time with your horse to understand their character.”

Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare

Check out Roly Ower's Instagram for more top tips on bonding with your horse.

About the Author

Rebecca has a passion for animal welfare, which she combines with over 15 years of marketing expertise in her role as Brand and Communications Executive at Agria, where she has enjoyed working since 2017. She has a beautiful black rescue moggy called Libby and would love to rescue more pets in future if Libby will let her.

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