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A pet is an animal which is kept around the household for companionship and a person's enjoyment.  The most popular pets are noted for their loyal or playful characteristics, for their attractive appearance, or for their song. Pets also generally seem to provide their owners with non-trivial health benefits and Keeping pets has been shown to help relieve stress to those who like having animals around.  People and animals have a long history of living together and bonding. Perhaps the oldest evidence of this special relationship was discovered a few years ago in Israel--a 12,000-year-old human skeleton buried with its hand resting on the skeleton of a 6-month-old wolf pup. The bond between animals and humans is part of our evolution, and it's very powerfull.  It's amazing what our pets do for us humans and as humans we want to fulfill that bond with our pets by doing all we can for them.  To do this, we humans have to be aware of our pets needs and since all pets are unique, their needs may differ.  A happy pet is a healthy pet and the type of pet food your animal eats is a key factor.  Check the label first for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement, which indicates the food provides complete and balanced nutrition. It should also include the life stage for which the food is appropriate. Life stages include growth (appropriate for puppies), adult maintenance, gestation/lactation, senior (appropriate for older dogs), and "all life stages." A food labeled for all life stages can be used throughout a dog's life, from weaning through adulthood.   Another aspect of a healthy happy pet is training.  Learning how to train your pet will improve your life and theirs, enhance the bond between you, and ensure their safety-and it can be a lot of fun. Pets are usually eager to learn, and the key to success is good communication. Your pet needs to understand how you'd like them to behave and why; it's in their best interest to comply with your wishes.

Finally, most pets love to be active and your pet usually will have their own unique way of letting you know the activities they enjoy and most of the time those activities usually will include you.  Some of these activities include chasing a string or pen light, throwing the ball or Frisbee, teaching your bird new vocabulary or even an afternoon ride in the car. Once you have discovered those favorite activities for your pet, you will be rewarded with plenty of licks, tail wags, tweets, whistles and purr'sss.