Do you spoil your dog?
Australians love spoiling their dogs with everything from treats to customised doggy outfits. Is it possible to take our pampering too far?
As a nation, us Aussies love our dogs. Every dog owner knows that there’s no better way to show your dog just how much he means to you than by spoiling him rotten. Whether he’s a fashionista, food-obsessed or simply loves any toy he can wrap his teeth around, we’re willing to do just about anything to set that tail wagging.
According to the Animal Health Alliance, Australian pet owners spend over $1.6 billion per year on pet products and accessories such as collars, leads and bowls. Crunch the numbers and you’ll discover that we spend almost as much on our dogs each week as we do on our household gas and electricity costs.
Are your pets are fully immersed into the family life? They can enrich our lives just as much as we enrich theirs. Coming home from a difficult day at work to a pet that is really excited to see their owner positively reinforces the amazing bond that pets and people have. This unconditional love that pets have for their owners inspires people to love their pets in return.”
Treating your pet is one of the great joys of dog ownership. After all, when you consider all the joy he brings into your life, the least you can do is brighten up his day as well.
Most pets absolutely love to spend time with their owners and it doesn’t have to be hands-on or high-energy activity all the time. Simply allowing your pet indoors to watch TV with the family before bedtime keeps everyone happy.
Of course, spending time with pets can have plenty of benefits for people as well. Studies have shown that pets can reduce our stress levels, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce anxiety. In addition, owning a dog encourages you to get outside and live an active lifestyle, at the same time increasing your level of interaction with other people.
Can we take our desire to pamper our pets a little too far? Pet owners sometimes go ‘over the top’. Pets can develop hyper-attachment to their owners. It may lead to separation anxiety. While spending plenty of quality time with your pooch is vital, it’s important that she also feels comfortable on her own and won’t panic when her human family leaves.
Much loved member of the family? You should neglect to train desirable behaviours. Importantly for pets to be taught manners. It requires investment in training as well as consistency from all members of the family. Use positive training techniques rather than punishment, as punishing your pet can result in fear and anxiety.
Treating a dog as though it were human can create confusion for canines in certain circumstances. Maintaining consistency in the dog’s rules around the house is vital. Feeding your dog a proper diet designed to meet her nutritional needs, not one designed for humans.
As long as you don’t go overboard, pampering your pet is a great way to give her love.
Most Australian households own at least one pet. For many, our pets have really become like human members of the family. Sharing our homes, they have different characters just like us. They add so much love and fun to our lives that it’s understandable that we want to spoil them.
How much do we love our pets?
A whole lot, according to a national pet report from Hill’s released earlier this year. The report revealed that:
1 in 2 pet owners get more affection from their pets than their partners or prefer to spend time with their pet than their friends
9 in 10 Australian pet owners see their pets as a valued member of the family
87 per cent of pet owners feel their pet has improved their relationship with their partner, brought balance to their lives or calmed their children
Women are almost twice as likely to talk to their pets about their problems
Over 17 per cent of pet owners felt they slept better with their dog or cat in the bed