Long gone are the days when dogs were just something we kept outside for protection. Dogs are becoming more and more a part of our lives and our families each and every day.
They are there for a furry shoulder to cry on, a partner that’s always thrilled to go for a run or walk (even if it’s raining) and they make an awesome snuggle buddy for a movie night.
Dogs are our canine companions and they deserve the very best we—as pet parents—have to offer.
Not sure what you can do to help your pooch feel more appreciated? Here are the 10 ways to build a strong relationship with your dog.
1. Time and Time Again…
Every relationship needs to have the hours put in to make it flourish. Spending time with your dog is an awesome way to fulfill their desire to be around you and a great way for you to relax and enjoy your furry pal.
Plus, dogs don’t care how they spend the hours with you, as long as you are there with them.
2. It Was All a Big Misunderstanding
There’s nothing like a misunderstanding to run a relationship off the rails, the same can be said for the relationship with your dog.
Since we can’t communicate with our canines the same way as we do with people, we must communicate on their level.
Dogs understand and pick up on visual commands much faster than verbal, so pay close attention to this method when you’re communicating with your dog to help keep you both on the same page.
3. The Way to a Dog’s Heart…
We’ve probably all heard that a way to a “man’s” heart is through his stomach—the same can be said for man’s best friend.
Giving your pooch the best food will keep his mind and body healthy, leading to a happy dog.
In addition, there are plenty of healthy human foods that can be used to supplement your dog’s regular diet like these six fantastic foods you can safely share with your dog (we swear they’re not just for the holidays).
4. Let’s Get It Right
Training your dog from the get-go is one of the most important things you can do for him or her.
A properly trained canine is allowed more freedoms, such as more time off-leash and permission to hang around the dinner table (as long as he’s trained not to mooch).
Training also eliminates the frustration felt by you and your pet as she’ll will know what is required to keep you both happy.
5. Let’s Play
Dogs are just plain fun so it shouldn’t be a problem each day to carve out some time to engage in play with your furry pal. This can include playing fetch, using some fun chew toys, or just chasing your dog around the yard.
Dogs are highly social creatures so find an activity you both enjoy and go have some fun!
6. Be Calm to Keep It Strong
Dogs are highly sensitive to the emotional temperature of the household, whether it concerns them directly or not.
If you are having a bad day and feel the need to lose your temper, it’s best not to do so in front of your dog (or kids as far as that goes).
Keeping a calm and tranquil presence in the home puts everyone at ease and will give your dog a stronger bond with you. Remember, peace equals trust.
7. Body Language Speaks Volumes
When you learn how to read your dog’s body language and facial expressions you are well on your way to building a stronger relationship.
Dog’s will project stress, fear, anxiety, sickness and, yes, even happiness through their body language.
This should be one of the first things pet parents embark on in order to gain a better understanding of their dog’s needs.
Why discipline your dog for wetting in the house when he could be telling you he’s afraid or has a medical issue?
Watch for the signs so you can respond correctly.
8. I Can Take It or Leave It
Be aware of what your dog loves and what he definitely can live without so you can be the source of all things delightful.
Of course, this isn’t always possible when it comes to vet visits or medication, but for the not necessary stuff, let your dog have what she loves and enjoys.
This can include those favorite snacks over the “other” brand, his favorite chew toy or their favorite luxury item.
By being the source of “good” you will have a forever friend that can’t wait to shower you with affection.
9. Give Me a Hug
Touch plays a huge role in our lives, so it only goes to reason that our canine companions would feel the same.
According to the Bark physical touch lowers stress in shelter dogs. This is scientifically measured by reductions in both heart rate and the stress hormone, cortisol, as well as by an increase in the anti-stress hormone, oxytocin.
So pet your pooch!
10. Video Calling
Wouldn’t it be great to have contact with your pet whenever you want?
Petchatz is perfect for the pet parent that feels bad when leaving their dog at home all day, for pets that suffer from separation anxiety and for those “chatty” dogs that tend to bark when left alone in an apartment all day.
Petchatz HD gives you the ability to phone your pet for premium video/audio chats, send your dog comforting scents and treats, as well as monitor your dog with motion and sound detection.
If that’s not enough functions to convince you that this will bring you closer to your dog, your pup can even call you, too!
More is Better
The better the relationship we have with our dog, the more rewarding and fulfilling being a pet parent will be.
Take time today to apply these tips with your pooch and see how much your relationship grows and flourishes.