Regardless of whether you've got a new pup of you've had your dog for years, there are always steps you can take to strengthen your bond with your pet.
There are clear tell-tale signs that your dog is experiencing certain emotions. This helpful infographic from Vitabiotics SuperDog shows you how to read your dog’s body language so you can decipher just how they’re feeling as well as some tips on how to respond to your dog's mood.
Forming a closer bond with your dog can help you to identify some of the negative feelings your pet may be experiencing, such anxiety, anger and frustration; and know how to make them feel more settled. So, read on to discover 7 ways to strengthen your relationship with your pooch!
1. Spend plenty of one-on-one time together
As with friends and family, simply spending more time with your pooch can help to strengthen the bond between you.
Whether it’s going out for more walks or letting them cuddle up to you on the sofa, your dog is sure to appreciate any extra time you spend with them.
2. Get to know your dog’s likes and dislikes
Getting to know your dog’s personality is the first thing you should do if you want to strengthen the bond between you both.
Understanding just what makes your dog tick will help you to avoid getting into situations that make your dog feel anxious, and make the most of your time together by playing games that they like.
3. Take things slowly
If you’re training your pet, be sure to take your time and try not to get frustrated if progress is slow.
Being patient with your dog whilst they’re learning new things can make them feel more settled, and therefore be more comfortable in your company.
4. Give them a cuddle
Cuddling can have as much of a positive effect on dogs as it does on us humans. Getting up close and personal with your dog from time to time is a sure-fire way to make sure the bond between you both is stronger than ever.
5. Be clear with your communication
One of the best ways to achieve a strong bond with your dog is by being clear with your communication.
Dogs read your actions better than your words, so make sure your body language conveys what you want to say, for better communication with your pet.
6. Keep training your dog
The saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ simply doesn’t hold true in the real world. Dogs are incredibly intelligent animals and can always learn a new trick or two if you put the time and effort in.
Training your dog, even when they’re in their old age, shows that you value your time together and can help you and your dog get even closer.
7. Have fun!
Your dog can read your signals just as you can read theirs, so when you’re having fun they are too! Make a little time everyday to have fun with your dog, whether it’s going on a walk or playing with their favourite toy.
Not only will this help you and your dog bond, it’ll also stimulate their mind and keep them fit and healthy.