Your dog is undoubtedly your best friend and an important member of your family, and as you do with your human friends and family, it is so important that you work on strengthening your bonds with him now and forever., Doing so will help him to feel more secure and ensure that you both have the best times together.
With that in mind, here are some good things to do if you want to build an even better bond with your furry friend:
Hang out more
The more time you spend with your dog, sharing experiences, and just enjoying each other’s company, the bigger your bond will be. Enjoyable ways for you both to spend time together include hiking, hitting up the dog park snuggling on the couch in front of Netflix, or playing catch in the yard.
Whether you pay for private dog training or attend a group class, there are few things more important than good training for building a strong bond with your dog. Dogs like rules; they like to know who is in charge and what is expected of them. It helps them to feel more secure with their place in the family. A well-trained dog will be less stressed and more able to interact with you in the right way.
On a related note, it really is very important to communicate clearly with your pooch. This means that you need to use the same commands or signals each time you want your pet to do a specific thing. If you communicate your wishes differently each time, your dog will become confused and you won’t have the high level of understanding that you could have and which would help you both to have an even better relationship.
You have to be careful not to overfeed your dogs or they could become sick and unhealthy, but we all know that the way to a dog’s heart is through his dish, so be a lovely dog owner and treat him to something a little special now and again. Whether he loves cheap sausages or expensive steak, showing your love with a tasty treat is a great way to bond with your dog.
Play, play and play some more
Dogs love nothing more than to play with their humans. Ideally, you should be spending some time each day playing catch, tug of war, doggy puzzle games, hide the treat or…well you get the idea, with your dog. Not only will it help to strengthen your bonds, but it will keep your dog’s brain working so that he does not become bored or depressed.
Shouting at your dog is the worst thing you can do. Not only is it not an effective deterrent but it could also upset your dog, make him anxious, or cause bad behaviors to worsen. No matter how naughty he’s being, stay calm, be firm and love your dog.
Bonding with your dog is so rewarding for you both, so be sure to put some effort in!