How can I be Closer with my Dog?

How can I be closer with my dog?

Autor: Y.L.Brookes

Like us, dogs have a lot of love to give. Creating a bond between you and your dog can take some time, but with a bit of care and attention, you can build a very loving relationship with your dog. With a lot of us still being in lockdown, having a dog can help to ease some of the anxiety and stress that's come with the pandemic. Staying at home can be a bit of a challenge, but this only means there’s more time for you to spend with your dog! A bond between the two of you requires effort from both sides, and your dog needs to trust you and feel safe in your company to show love and affection. Below are some of the things you can do to become closer with your dog:

1. Training

Dogs’ brains need to be stimulated on a regular basis – similar to us, they get bored easily. Training your dog can build the trust between the two of you to grant them more freedom. For example, if a dog returns to you when their name is called, you’ll trust them more off the lead, and if they don’t beg for food while at the dinner table, they’ll be able to stay around you more when you’re eating. Training your dog to do things can also reduce your frustration and build up their obedience towards you. If you’re using treats to train them, dogs will look up to you and see you as the bringer of all things good. Training is a great way to spend time with your dog and to establish trust between you two!

2. Affection

Physical touch has proven to lower a dog’s stress levels; studies have shown that physical contact reduces heart rate and the release of the stress hormone, cortisol, meaning touch plays a strong role in building a bond between you and your dog. Petting their head, stroking their backs or scratching behind their ears can make them feel loved and wanted. Dogs have a lot of feelings, emotions and love, just like us! They also respond to our emotions, so if we’re feeling sad or angry, they tap into these feelings and act accordingly. Experiment to see what your dog does and doesn’t like to learn; this is one of the best way to show them affection.

3. Learn to Communicate with One Another

Understanding your dog’s tells of when they’re uncomfortable, sad or anxious can help you to know when to take them out of the situation that’s making them feel like that. Dogs express how they’re feeling a lot through body language, facial expressions and their behaviour. Recognising something that your dog doesn’t like and not doing it again will build trust between you and your dog. Hugging for example can be quite restrictive for some dogs, whereas others prefer the safety and security of being cuddled. The better you can read your dog when they are trying to communicate with you, the more you can support them through different situations in life.

4. Remain Calm and Patient with them

Dogs need to count on you to keep your cool. If your dog is anxious or easily frightened, they will need more time to trust you. Losing your temper with a dog, whether it was something that was their fault or not, can scare them, making your bond much weaker. Make sure you always talk to your dog in a calm voice, as yelling can cause lasting damage on your relationship. If you project a sense of calmness and coolness around them, they are more likely to come to you when something is stressing them out.

5. Spending Quality Time with them

If you’re away from home a lot for work or other reasons, then seeing you when you return is your dog’s highlight of the day! It should be yours too! Playing tug-of-war with them, playing with toys, taking them for walks or runs, or even playing a game of fetch in the back garden gives your dog the attention and love that they deserve. When given attention, dogs are more likely to return to you for more when they need it. For more ideas on what to do with your dog in your free time, see here.

Building strong, trusting and lovable relationships with our pets is really important to both us and our animal, but it can be a little hard sometimes especially when we can't understand them and they can't speak to us as freely as they'd like. That's why being able to read them, and understanding how to become closer with them through ways they will appreciate is extremely important. 

There are many ways you can build trust and strong bonds with your pet, grooming is another fantastic way to achieve trust and love, as well as all the things listed above. 

You can learn more about building strong relationships with your pets with our online courses in animal care and pet grooming. Check them out to learn more and become a more authentic part of your pets life...

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