Like humans, pets have specific ways they like to show and receive love,including quality time, physical touch, acts of service, words of affirmation,and receiving gifts.

Lara Shannon, PETstock ambassador and pet behavioural expert, breaks down thefive love languages enabling you to best connect with your pet.

Words of affirmation

“Words of affirmation is about expressing affection through compliments orwords of encouragement. Take notice of how your pet reacts when you offer thempraise such as ‘good boy or girl’ or call their name in a cheerful tone.”

Shannon said pets that have words of affirmation as one of their lovelanguages will look engaged and alert when you’re talking to them.

Physical touch

Pets that have physical touch as their love language enjoy petting, tummyscratches, cuddling, and grooming.

“If your pet’s love language is physical touch, they will often want to be asclose to you as possible by sitting on your chest or lap, offer their head orbelly for pats, and shower you with kisses. It’s important to provide pets whofrequently exhibit these behaviours with plenty of physical attention, as thisis the main way they will feel loved by you.”

Quality time

If your pet always wants to around you and goes mad when you leave and returnto the house, quality time is their love language.

“There are countless ways you can spend time with your pet from going onwalks, playing with toys, hitting the dog park, to just simply sitting side byside on the couch together. Whatever form your quality time takes, be sure togive them your undivided attention.”

Receiving gifts

Shannon explains that if your dog or cat’s eyes light up when they’re given anew toy or treat, gift-receiving is likely to be one of their love languages.

“You can use this love language to its fullest potential by saving the giftsas a reward for desirable behaviours. For example, give your dog theirfavourite treat when they stop barking or for not begging for food at dinnertime.”

Acts of service

Finally, Shannon said that Pets that gladly obey your commands speak this lovelanguage.

“Show ‘acts of service’ pets that you love them in return by providing lots ofpraise when they’ve done a good job.”

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