Pets are any animal that is kept by human beings for companionships. While pet keeping is a source of companionship, this relationship appears to be mutual in which both animals and human beings benefit. As keeping pets has been practiced from ancient times to the present, pet keeping satisfies universal human needs. Pets are nearly found in different cultural societies. There are different types of pets people can tame this includes horses, cats, or dogs.
The history of pet keeping originates from animal domestication, and the dog was the first animal to be domesticated by human beings. The process of animal domestication could take a series of practices of making pets out of captured animals. Eventually, a relationship developed between the dog and their captors. Like people, pets can feel the same way and show it through their body language, which is our responsibility to understand or read them accordingly. The best way to pet the dog is by understanding her likes and dislikes that will make the mutual relationship grow.
Both people and dogs bond through touch because when they are touch, it triggers a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which will then release pleasure hormones. These hormones would then light up, making both parties excited, allowing the build-up of bonds with the person. Therefore, the relationships between them are raised every time they get attached through touch or attention. Dogs are unique so that if allowed to bond with other species of animals, they will do so.
Reading the body language of a dog is another way of petting a dog. While we cannot receive verbal communication from the dogs, other behaviors enable us to understand how the pets feel. Wagging the tail is a way dogs communicate with us, it is commonly believed the dog means they are happy. The speed of tail wagging in dogs can mean different emotional states. Quicker wagging of the tail means that the dog is in an emotional state. Wagging a tail towards the right-hand side direction means that a dog feels positive about something, while wagging of a tail towards the left-hand side directions means a dog is facing something negative.
Position of a dog’s tail also predict their current state, a dog with its tail tucked between the legs or facing down means that a dog is under so much stressed. A dog with a tail held high up is feeling happy or aggressive. The body posture can send clear signals of how they feel, crunching a dog means that it is in a deep state of fear and possibly trying to get away from something. While a dog offering her belly for a scratch means that she is in a jovial mood.
Facial expressions offer a clear picture of how a dog feels, just like people. Relaxed eyes often mean that a dog is calm, maintaining eye contact can show that the two of you can help build the bond together. The white color in a dog’s eyes can reveal that it is feeling nervous, and it is not an opportune time to make a bond with it; hence the best thing is to give her some space. Lip licking also is a sign of a dog portraying a lot of anxiety.
Petting is an important way of bonding we should offer to the dogs daily, although petting can sometimes do unintended harm when offered after bad behavior. For instance, petting a dog barking at a stranger can either calm or make her angrier, so it is crucial to judge or understand them before doing anything.
Loving dogs is a core aspect in developing a bond between them and their guardians, this should not be barred from human companionship. To comprehend whether your dog is enjoying being petted, it is good to consider signs and body language. If the dog becomes inconsistent with her moods, it is good to set up boundaries, space, and time. Dogs are the best companion of people as compared to any other animals, they can serve different purposes ranging from being a pet to being a source of security at home.