Establishing a strong bond is the foundation for success in any relationship, and this applies to your pup. The human-pet bond that goes so deep that they can sense changes in your mood doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it comes about as a result of certain conscious or unconsciously done moves. Not sure how to bond with your pup better? Here’s how:
- Quality Time Together!
No relationship, not a single one, blossoms without quality time. Even love at first sight needs time to develop into happily ever after. It’s all about being together and going on adventures and making memories. Whether indoors or outdoors, you absolutely want to devote time and attention to your pup. Once in a while, you could plan a little human-doggo vacation and go exploring!
- Never Lose Your Cool
There are times when your pup might do something naughty like chew on the rug or pee indoors. These times call for utmost calmness, and even if you’re not feeling it, you must totally remain tranquil. If you’re losing your temper as a result of something different altogether and you feel the urge to yell, resist it. The memory of your pup running off to hide under a chair is one that would haunt you and you absolutely do not want to experience this.
- Clear Communication
Communicating clearly and precisely is the lubricant that smoothens relationships over. You need to be as clear as possible when communicating with your dog. Your body language is important too as they watch very closely. Therefore, you don’t want your words and body language contradicting as this would confuse your pet. Ensure that your training signals are consistent and if you notice that your dog is more of a visual learner, emphasize more on that and less on words.
- The Power of Touch
A cuddle, a warm hug, a kiss, regular patting, and you’re on your way to building a strong bond with your pet. More than anything in the world, pups love being physically loved up just like you do. The same hormones that are released in you when you get a warm, soothing hug are released in them too. Give your dog a massage on occasion, and some veterinarians even believe that it helps with a lowered blood pressure and relieves stress.
- Keep Them Comfortable
Your pup has likes and dislikes too, some things annoy him and it is your responsibility to take note of these things. For instance, some pups are not comfortable around other people and wouldn’t like to be petted by them. Some others do not like being dressed up or being put in unfamiliar situations. If you would be introducing them to new situations, take along treats for positive reinforcement. Also, recall that their sense of smell is way stronger than yours. So, that slightly irritating smell for you is multiplied for them. Just try to keep them comfy!