Chris Shaughness

author, speaker, animal lover

Pet Relationships,  All Articles


Chris ShaughnessThe first time your pet acts aggressively to you is a difficult day. Your dog growls when you try to take a bone from her, your cat bites you after a nice petting session. Your dog bites you when you try to separate him from a clash with another dog. All of these scenarios, and others, can cause you more than just physical pain. The emotional reaction to your pet’s betrayal is difficult to deal with. After all, you have given your pet lots of love to make him happy. Then he turns on you. It’s confusing and brings out unexpected emotions. Just as in human relationships, our tendency is to distance ourselves from the one who hurts us. It’s very easy at that moment to turn our back on the relationship. This is often a time when pet owners consider relinquishing their pets. But, depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to mend the relationship. And we can use this rationale when dealing with people we love who have broken our trust. It may be easier to discard the relationship and find another, but more than likely, we will find the same issue recurring with a new human. And with a new pet. Taking the time to figure out the cause of the problem will help to heal the relationship and help us to grow personally.

If your dog growls at you or bites you, it could be a sign that something is awry with your relationship. It may sound silly but a professional pet counselor serves the same purpose as a human relationship counselor. Pet counseling involves not only an analysis of the circumstances of the aggressive incidences, but observation of the relationship between pet and owner. Well-qualified pet counselors and human counselors are highly skilled at detecting where the cracks in relationship have formed, and how to heal them in order to regain the trust in the relationship. Yes, it’s hard work to mend a broken relationship, but very rewarding to see the results.