Does Your Pet Want to be Human?

Your pet lives with you in your human world. Because of that you, as a responsible guardian to your pet, are accountable for helping your pet adjust to your human world AND for integrating a portion of the animal-world into your life. It’s a mistake that many pet guardian’s make: rather than looking at life from the animal’s perspective, they cater to their animal’s every anticipated need, as if the animal were a human. They provide lush beds, the best food, great toys, windows etc-but something is still missing!

pet want to be human

Being “treated like an animal” is a positive thing in the eyes of your pet!

The animals that I have worked have thrived when some aspects of their natural world are integrated into their current life. They want access to the outdoors. They want stimulation-they want to catch things, they want to hunt, stalk, fight, roll around, wrestle, swim far distances, fly, choose their mates and more.

Take some time to evaluate your pet’s lifestyle. Have your brought enough nature into your home to create a suitable blending of the two lifestyles? Does she get enough exercise? Are you providing sufficient species-directed stimulation? For example, are you giving your hunting dog a way to exercise her hunting skills, other than through the food falling off the table? Have you set up your space so that your bird can fly-even a little bit?

Our pets, while adapting to the world of humans, also deserve to have their animal worlds honored. Love and affection are a beautiful beginning, but continuing to provide opportunities for your pets to exercise their animal instincts will also go a long way to creating a happy animal and a healthy human/animal relationship.

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  1. SpiritAmethyst
    SpiritAmethyst says:

    You’ve hit the nail on the head! As much as we joke “Oh my dog thinks he’s human”, and so on, they’re far happier getting exercise and stimulation than looking cute in a new doggy suit.

    Great post :~)

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  2. Karen
    Karen says:

    I would have to say “no” to that. They delight in the “beingness” of cats (chasing their tail, toy mouse, feather), and I delight in it as well!

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