5 Ways To Strengthen Your Bond With Your Dog

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If you’re a dog owner, you probably got a dog because you wanted the special companionship that comes with pet ownership. Dogs are unique creatures that have lived alongside humans for thousands of years. Together, we’ve grown and changed in many different ways. There is an undeniable bond between humans and dogs and if you’re looking to make the one you have with your own dog stronger, consider these tips.

#1 – Spend One-On-One Time Together

Whether you’re just going for your daily walk together or taking on a new adventure, spending one-on-one time is important. If you have multiple dogs, you should still try and spend time with each of them individually. This helps you grow closer together and learn more about each other. Get out, have some fun and enjoy each other’s company. After all, isn’t that what friends are for?

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#2 – Train Your Dog

Training might sound like something that needs to be done at puppyhood or only when issues arise. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Even if your dog is generally well-behaved, training is a great way for you two to work together as a team. Whether you’re teaching a simple sit-stay or mastering a complex behavior, you’ll grow together as you work. Training is an excellent bond-building exercise.

 

#3 – Pet Your Dog

Most of us don’t need to be told to pet our dogs, but when life gets busy and we find ourselves overwhelmed with people things, we might forget to just take time and give our pooch a pat on the head. Make sure you take just a few minutes to sit and pet your dog; spend time with them and let them know you are still there for love and affection.

#4 – Try To Understand Canine Behavior

The more you learn about canine behavior, the better you’ll be able to understand why your dog does all of the things he or she does. Dogs are individuals with unique personalities, but there are certain behaviors that apply to all dogs. Learn about how dogs communicate, how they see the world and how they handle stress and pressure and you’ll be better able to understand your dog’s side of the story when he seemingly misbehaves.

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#5 – Communicate

As with all relationships, communication is key. Communicating with your dog effectively means have clear, consistent training and routines. Make sure you let your dog know what is expected of them and what is unacceptable. Being able to develop strong communication through training and play will help you become truly inseparable companions.

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