Along with the rewards comes the responsibility of caring for a living creature that depends upon you for all its needs. Caring for your pet’s needs means providing a good diet and regular exercise, as well as mental stimulation. It also means making sure your pet has the basic social skills which make it an acceptable member of the family.
A good relationship is based on communication and the relationship with a pet is no exception. Pets cannot talk and do not naturally understand words. However, cats and dogs are very good at picking up body language and with training can learn the meaning of many of our words. The key to communicating with your pet is reading their body language and learning to use your body language to talk to them.