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3 Things To Remember If Your Pet Enjoys Adventures

3 Things To Remember If Your Pet Enjoys Adventures

As you scroll down your Facebook feed, you find various cat or dog videos that make you giggle on the inside. It cheers you up watching those animals running around and creating their own mayhem. You’ve always wanted a pet or you’ve noticed that your friends seem much happier when they’ve got a pet. You’d love a pet who enjoys the outdoors and is active, but at the same time you love animals that are pretty and elegant.

The biggest question is: what are your responsibilities when you have a pet that’s the best of both worlds?

Recently, I got a bright, fluffy and red Persian cat who encompassed all of these qualities. Two days after taking it for a hike to the forest, I came back to find her hair tangled with twigs and leaves within her beautiful coat. Here are a few of the points I’ve picked up that will help you as a new pet owner.

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1. Understand Your Pet Needs As Much Grooming As You Do.

Have you tried to avoid grooming yourself for days? In other words, would you be able to resist a shower after running around in the forest or the city all day? I assume that a nice bath isn’t only calming for your soul but creates wonders for your skin. Hygiene and grooming are as important for pets as they are for us. Not paying importance to this need for grooming is a form of negligence towards your pets.

To avoid this, you first need to know your pet and its breed. Second, knowing what’s needed for its grooming and hygiene is important. If you have a long-haired or a rather curly haired pet, make sure to brush them regularly. If you’re taking them on one of your nature walks, then be sure to brush them and wash them as soon as you’re back. Avoid leaving dirt in their fur, as it may cause the hair to be severely tangled, which may require the hair to be shaved.

Some pet owners assume that bathing their pet isn’t necessary. However, the truth is that regular washing of your dog or cat is necessary to avoid attracting any form of parasite or developing skin diseases.

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2. Creating A Bond Of Trust With Your Pet Is Important.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a bond like that between a teacher and student, mother and a daughter, or husband and wife, they say the key to a lasting relationship is trust. The possibility to allow someone to approach you at your most vulnerable state is what the word “trust” entails. Therefore, this formation of trust is the first step in any relationship.

How is this different in our relationship with our pets then?

For an adventurous and outgoing pet, you need to build a bridge of trust, commitment, and love. As we all are aware of, pets are very instinctive animals, they “smell” your fear, love, temper, sadness, and happiness. Therefore, it is impossible for one to trick their pet into falling for them — unlike humans, their strongest sense is emotions.

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Hence, before going on any adventure, build a connection with your pet. Allow it to be part of your life as much as you would want to be to part of its life. Show your pet compassion and love and allow your pet to do the same. Once you’ve reached the pivotal point of separation anxiety, you know that you and your pet have officially built a bridge.

3. Always Watch Your Pet’s Diet.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that our bodies are our temples and we have to constantly watch what we put in them. Diet is the most important part of every living being on this planet. A perfect diet ensures our health and our energy throughout our lifetime and helps us avoid the hospital in the long run. This same concept applies to our pets as well — a perfect diet allows your pet to have the energy it needs to be active throughout the day.

If you’ve got a pet that loves the outdoors, loves playing and being an explorer, then you’ve got to keep an eye on its diet. Some pet owners, out of love, tend to overfeed their pets. In the long run, this is unhealthy. This is because our pets aren’t built to sustain more food than their bodies can handle. Therefore, overfeeding them will lead straight to obesity.

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This eventually restricts their freedom and their will to be constantly active due to a severe lack of energy. To avoid this situation, check with your veterinarian on what kinds of food you should feed your pet and follow the feeding table accordingly. This ensures that your pet will be constantly happy and active throughout its lifetime.

In a nutshell, if your pet loves adventure and has the spirit of an explorer, then let it embrace that freedom. Take the time to have an adventure together and enjoy life. I for one can guarantee that you won’t regret it .

Featured photo credit: Dog Travel via flipkey.com

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

Conflicts are literally everywhere.

Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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