Whether it’s with our partners, our families or our dogs, our relationships with the people and animals we love is important and runs deep. In order for those relationships to really thrive we must devote our time and energy toward them. A relationship is like a fine tuned instrument. It takes a lot of management to keep it running smoothly. As dog parents we must work hard at maintaining a positive relationship with our puppers. Our dogs are not here for long.
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- Spend lots of time together
One of the most important ways to bond with your dog is through dedicated time spent together. It’s a great way to learn more about each other and it should be a lot of fun.
- Use healthy communication skills
Communication is key in any relationship. Without proper communication relationships will never full flourish. Misunderstanding and confusion will be key factors in any unhealthy relationships due to improper communication skills. Learn how to properly communicate with your dog and you two will always get each other. One way to do that is to stay consistent with your training skills and hand language.
- Prepare their food with love
Food is the way to any dogs heart, especially really yummy healthy food. It’s important our dogs love the food they eat. They will appreciate it, enjoy it and feel grateful you’re giving it to them. How you feel after eating a delicious salad versus how you feel after eating three-day-old cold pizza really affect how you feel about yourself. Your dog reacts in similar ways. Make sure you feed your do healthy food and thoughtful snacks.
- Touch your dog often
Touch is also an important factor in bonding with animals. There is significant evidence that proves touch calms stressed out dogs. Touch between humans also lowers stress levels. If you’re feeling anxious or worried reach over and touch your 4-legged friend. You’ll both benefit from it.
- Learn about canine behavior
When you can identify typical dog behavior, you will have a better understanding on what to do. It’s almost like learning a new language. The more you understand it, the better you’ll understand your dog.
- Have fun!
Dogs are fun creatures. They enjoy running, jumping, howling and wresting! Be a kid again and have fun with your dog. Being around a dog brings out our inner child. Embrace that and have some fun!
- Train your dog
Training your dog will result in a happier and easier relationship. If your dog is well behaved you can spend more time around him/her. A well-behaved dog is welcome to friend’s houses, some restaurants, and special occasions amoung family. Train your dog and it’s a win-win every time.
- Stay Calm
Yelling has never helped anyone. It will startle your dog and create a hostile and anxious environment. Remain calm and show how you feel through firm commands and body movement.
- Talk to your dog
Your dog enjoys the sound of your voice. Also, research recently showed that more intelligent people talk to their dogs. Why not give it a try? It will bring you two closer and you can pretty much say anything you want.
- Pay attention to your dog’s interests
If your dog hates the water, skip it and head to the park. If your dog loves guitar, play some tunes in the backyard. Pay attention to your dog’s interests and win their heart forever.