1. Make eye contact
Looking deeply into the eyes of a loved one has long been considered a sign of love and trust, but did you know that this also applies to the love between you and your pet? Leading scientists have recently discovered that when your pet stares at you, she is basically hugging you with her eyes. Far from being seen as a threat, this connection can actually stimulate chemicals in your pet’s brain, strengthening the bond you share. That said, it’s probably not wise to stare your neighbor’s pit bull in the eye just yet, maybe wait until you get to know each other a little better.

2. Give your pet a massage
It has long been a proven fact that petting an animal can lower blood pressure and act as a means of de-stressing. However, this way of showing affection can have mutual benefits. Petting a cat from head to tail, for example, can relax your feline’s muscles, making your couch, bedroom, or office naturally safe.

3. Make some time for your best friend
This one looks simple on paper, but we all know how hectic life can get. If it’s not a work deadline or taking the kids to another club after school, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. However, spending just five minutes of quality time with your pet can make all the difference in your life and theirs. Not only will it show your pet how much you love them, it will give them a much-needed break from the chaos of modern life. Make a simple switch and let your dog lay at your feet when you work from home or invite your cat to sink into your lap when you read.

4. Give your pet a treat
We all love receiving a gift, especially when we don’t expect it. Your pet is no different. If your pet has been good, she’s learned a new trick or just because you love her, why not give her her favorite treat to let her know how special she is to you?

5. Play and have fun
Do you remember what it was like to be a child? Life was about playing, having fun and just being carefree. Those days may seem long ago, but your pet is the key to unlocking your inner child. Nothing loves animals more than being able to play and delight in freedom, why not join them? Mess up the mud with your dog at the park, chase the rope around the kitchen with your cat, or create a network of toilet paper tunnels for your hamster. Your pet will love the adventure and excitement of the game and will love you for being a part of it.

Our pets are an important part of our lives and showing them how much we love them can only make the relationship flourish. So, what are you waiting for? Watch, play and show your furry friend how much you care.

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