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How to Understand Your Pet’s Behavior
In marriage, a harmonious union is one in which both parties feel content. On the job, harmony refers to teamwork and feelings of accomplishment, appreciation, and fulfillment.
What does harmony mean in communication with pets?
Picture the Yin/Yang Symbol to Visualize Harmony
Yin is black and Yang is white, representing opposites.
Man and woman, night and day, and hot and cold are common examples. Even though they are separate, both Yin and Yang have small circles of the opposite color within.
The small circles represent the presence of a small amount of Yin within Yang and a small amount of Yang within Yin. The curved center line splitting Yin from Yang represents the freely flowing movement of one into the other or ongoing balance.
Health is a balancing act as well. Personal choices, family choices, and food choices all play a role in the attainment of harmony. Dog behavior and cat behavior are also based on balance and harmony.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is the basis for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), defines illness as a state of imbalance or disharmony.
For example, when we overheat, we crave cooling foods like watermelon and cucumber. Our bodies know how to balance themselves.
Another example is your relationship with your best friend. When your relationship is in turmoil, balance and harmony seem unattainable. The same is true for pets.
Can You Foster Harmony in Your Pet?
Your philosophy as a pet owner impacts your furry friend’s life. Your pet’s health reflects your choices.
For example, the first can of dog food you see on the grocery shelf may not provide Fido with the nutrients he needs.
Likewise, taking Fido for a walk only when you feel like it may not be enough. Instead, your philosophy should center on the goal of creating and maintaining harmony.
Diet is the Most Important Factor
Marketing methods often influence our choices.
Read the fine print and ingredients listed on the label. If you don’t understand what you see, look it up. What you discover will empower you.
Research, get the facts, and choose appropriately. Be thoughtful about the way you feed your furry friend.
Will Your Pet Fit Into Your Home?
Does having pets at home stress you out?
Is your pet’s behavior causing you inner turmoil? Exercise and mental stimulation are crucial to a pet’s health. Proper nutrition also keeps pets healthy.
But, as we all know, more exists to having a pet than just feeding and walking.
Why do we have pets in the first place? For the companionship!
To maintain harmony with dogs in your home or cats in your home, start by setting boundaries. Our pets are our children. We feed and exercise them. But, our pets need more. Boundaries foster harmony in the home.
“Sit, stay, and get in your bed” are all important commands.
It’s also important to listen to your pet. Veterinarians are often told, “Fifi can’t jump on the couch anymore without yelping in pain.”
By paying attention to these small differences, you can notice subtle problems. Subtle problems, when left unattended, turn into major problems. Your pet speaks without words.
Your Choices Influence Environmental Harmony
Everything in the universe has a force of push and pull. Too far in either direction causes imbalance.
Be considerate. Think of how your choices impact others.
Pet Food is a Piece of the Puzzle
Of course, it’s not healthy for our pets to become vegetarians. And yes, feeding our pets an all organic diet would be quite costly!
But there are other ways to remain eco-conscious about our pet’s food.
For example, if you have some carrots in the fridge that are going a little soft, why not add them to your dog’s food instead of throwing them away?
Be a Conscious Consumer
Palm oil is an ingredient in many dog foods. Palm oil is not added for nutritional benefit, but as a filler. You may see it on the label as glycerin and propylene glycol, or palm oil.
Unfortunately, this additive contains as much saturated fat as butter, and also harms the environment in the form of tropical deforestation.
Palm oil is not the only filler added to foods. Many more exist. Know the ingredients in your pet’s food and what they do.
Bringing It Together
The concept of harmony and balance is more than just “happy and healthy.”
Harmony is about living our lives and raising our pets in a way that is nourishing to us, to our pets, and to our environment. For example, if your furry friend is experiencing dog anxiety, consider feng shui for pets.
Bond with your pet, engage in dog training, and work on any dog aggression issues.
Pet behavior shouldn’t complicate your life.
Learn more about harmony in your home by reading our 10 best blog posts on pet behavior:
1. How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer: The Story of Noelle Blessey, Carl and Suede
2. Top 5 Theories Why Your Dog Rolls in Stinky Stuff
3. Why Diagnostic Cat Litter Could Save Your Cat’s Life
4. At Last, Natural Relief For Your Dog’s Anxiety: Pheromonatherapy!
5. Feng Shui Tips for Pets Everybody Ought to Know
6. Do You Know How to Train Your Dog?
7. Who Else Wants Natural Relief for Their Stressed Cat?
8. How to Have A Successful Pet Burial At Home
9. 4 Ways to Bring Harmony Back After the Loss of a Pet
10. The Secret of the Human Animal Relationship
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