The World Kindness Day is on November 13, but do we really need to wait for a specific day to show kindness? Social etiquette dictates our people-behaviour but what about our furry friends? As pet parents, we surely love and adore our dogs but it is also necessary to be gentle and responsibly caring towards them.
Showing kindness to your pawed pals is just an excuse for some extra love. Wondering in what ways you could do that? Here are five suggestions to get you started.
1. Take Your Dog Shopping
They say, ‘For us dogs are a part of our life, for our dogs we are their whole life.’ After work and social engagements, most pet parents just ‘come home to’ their dogs. This can change. Show them some kindness by taking them shopping for their favourite treats, chew toys or accessories. It will be an excellent quality time.
2. Let Them Sniff and Make a Mess!
Be kind and let your beloved pooch go wild sometimes. We’re often hard on that leash when we take them out for a walk. Instead, let them sniff to their heart’s content and get a good idea of their surroundings. Let them roll in the mud or grass, jump in that poodle and generally play messy. Relax and enjoy as an indulgent pet parent. Once home, spend some more fun time in the bath with a good scrubbing.
3. Spring Cleaning the Doggie Stash
When was the last time you scrubbed the food and water bowls, cleaned their toys, and aired that bed? Show your kind attention to their health and well-being by maintaining a regular cleaning schedule of all their items.
4. Love Them Silly
Pick a random day to praise them and reward their antics. Have a special session of scratching, make some yummy treats, go for a car ride and let them hang at the window, let them run wild in a park or the beach. In short, gift an awesome day to your best companion.
Showing kindness to your dog lets them know how much blessed you are to have them in your life. While you are at it, spare some thoughts for the strays too. Arrange for vet visits, steer them towards dog shelters, donate and volunteer time for shelters, and whenever possible try to foster pups and recovering pooches before they find their forever home.