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How to Enhance Your Relationship with Your Dog

How to Enhance Your Relationship with Your Dog?

A dog is your forever-companion. It doesn’t matter if we’re having a bad day, ours dogs will cheer us up and love us unconditionally. Whenever we’re feeling low or need someone to talk to, our dogs are always there to listen and when we experience joy, our dog shares in that joy too. Our dogs do so much for us, and all they ask in return is that we love them and care for them.

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Here’re some tips to help you understand your dog better, and strengthen your bonds with each other:

Train them well

Training your dog can strengthen your bond with them. More than anything, your dog wants to make you happy! Training will teach them how to do that, which will make both of you happy! Remember, your dog doesn’t know how to make you happy until you teach them. If your dog doesn’t know how to make you happy, they may act out because it gets them attention. They’re happiest when you’re both on the same page. When you welcome home a dog, make sure you train them so that you can help grow a lasting relationship.

Spend quality time with your dog

Creating a walking routine with your dog helps build your bond together, and it helps keep them healthy. Depending on your dog’s breed, they may need more exercise than others. Letting them out to run around is fun for them, but walking alongside you helps to foster respect while bringing joy to your dog. If your dog experiences anxiety while out walking, you can experiment with different types of harnesses (some types will make them feel more secure!), and bring treats to reward your dog when they come across a situation that might make them feel anxious, like meeting a new person or dog.

Understand their body language

It is important to read your dog’s body language, but how do we read it when it looks different than our own? It’s worth taking the time to read up on your dog’s body language it can help us understand when they’re scared, anxious, angry, stressed, and other emotions that they can’t communicate to us otherwise. Did you know that when a dog yawns, it doesn’t mean they’re tired? If a dog yawns, that’s a stress response they’re feeling anxious. This is a common response for some dogs when they’re brought out in large groups of people, or sometimes just with one person that they don’t know. When a dog is stressed, they may act in unpredictable ways it’s important to pay attention to what they’re comfortable with, and to respect their feelings. There are things you can do to get your dog more comfortable with the situations causing them stress, but it’s important to be present and alert when they’re experiencing stress. Dogs cannot communicate verbally; therefore, it is crucial to understand their body language so we don’t miss what they’re trying to tell us.

Indulge in fun activities

When you come home from work, your dog is likely the first one to greet you! After saying hello, what’s next? Make time for fun! Affection and playtime are important for your dog’s wellbeing. Take them for a walk, take them out to a local dog park, or take him over to a friend’s place to socialize and play!

Shower them with toys and treats

Good dogs deserve good treats! Don’t forget to get your dog special treats for their birthday (or their “gotcha day” to celebrate when they came home with you). Remember that treats can be used as rewards for doing tricks, as motivation for behavioral things you’re working on with them, and just as reminders that they’re loved!

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