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You and your pet are a package deal, and that's fabulous. But when you're in a relationship with someone who doesn't understand that bond, it can cause strain.
Sometimes your bf, gf, husband or wifey can be unsupportive, or even jealous, of your pets.
So to help keep the whole family together, here are some tips for overcoming pet-related hard feelings:
– Find out why your spouse is really mad.
When the partner brings up the hair all over the place, the pet getting more attention, etc., they might mean, 'I feel second best, used or put upon,' and that feeling might be a theme in the relationship.
– Take the focus off the pet.
Once you've identified the underlying issue, focus on your partner's feelings, not his or her criticism of your pet. Tempting as it may be, going into protective pet-parent mode only "aggravates the situation more by continuing to hurt your partner."
– Help your spouse bond with your pet.
If your partner feels left out of your and your pet's close relationship, come up with activities just for the two of them. Maybe your husband can teach your dog some cool tricks or your wife can introduce your cat to a new game. Or maybe your pet can join in your partner's favorite activity, whether it's jogging or watching TV.
No one said pets OR relationships are easy (and if they did they were being sarcastic).
But with a little effort everyone will get along fine!
[Image via WENN.]