Bonding with your dog: how to create a life-long friendship with your furry friend!
There’s a lot to be said about having a great bond and relationship with your pets. Dogs are no different. Whether you’ve got a brand-new dog, or you want to improve your relationship with one you already know -there are a few steps to take to Best Friend Land!
To Each Dog Their Own – Every dog is different. It’s obvious saying it. But is one of the most important things to understand when it comes to bonding with one. Dogs are as individual as each person it; they have their own quirks, personality, likes, dislikes, etc. Understanding this and using it to bond it your dog is going to go along way. You can’t force a bond but understanding your dog can encourage a relationship that can be built on.
Give It Time – This is probably the most important ting to remember; as said above, you can’t force a bond with your dog. You have to be prepared to put in time. This is ultimately the cornerstone to boding with your dog; the more time you spend with them, the more comfortable and trusting they’re going to be around you.
A close bond, especially with a new dog isn’t going to happen overnight – so don’t be incensed if they’re not your best friend right away. Getting frustrated will also negatively impact the relationship you are trying to build. Dogs can pick up on our emotions, if they feel you’re mad, frustrated, or annoyed, they’re less likely to feel comfortable around you. Be patient, be kind. Take frequent walks wit them, do on car rides, spend time playing with them.
Needs Met: This may also sound like an obvious one, but make sure your dog is properly cared for and their needs are being met. This includes feeding, grooming, exercising, trips to the vets, fresh water, playing etc. If your dog is being neglected in any way, your chances of a close bond is out the window! This is dog owner 101: if you can’t care for a dog, you shouldn’t have one.
Consistency is Key – When interacting wit your dog, make sure boundaries, behaviors and interactions are consistent. This will make sure your go doesn’t get confused, get mixed signals, or become stressed. These thing will hinder the bonding process or create obstacles that your dog may struggle to overcome. Dogs are smart animals but working out your hot-and-cold rules when it comes to things like the sofa or begging for treats, can cause them to become unhappy, stressed and confused. Be clear, consistent, and reliable with your pooch!
Don’t Get Angry – Never, and we mean NEVER, take out your bad mood on your pets. It’s not fair to them, it’s abusive and will push them much further away from you.
Acting aggressively and shouting at or around your pet will make them nervous around you and unlikely to want to spend time with you. If you’re trying to build a bond with your pooch and you’re getting frustrated, don’t take it out on them. Take some time, calm down, then resume. Even if your bad mood or irritation has nothing to do with you pet, make sure you’re not uncharacteristically snappy or irritable around them.
Play Time is best Time! – Playing is one of the best ways to bond with your dog. It’s interaction, it’s fun for the both of you and it strengthens your relationship . Dogs are fun loving and anyone that is joining them in their playtime will be deemed a guaranteed a playmate! Dedicate quality time every day with your dog to playtime. This can including playing fetch on a walk, and your bond will become stronger before you know it!
So, there are some top tips on hoe to bond with your furry friend! Why not check out the Relax My Dog Podcast and YouTube channel to get more information on how to bond with your dog!
Please do bear in mind that everything in this post is strictly advisory and has been gathered from various reputable sources from the internet. We’re not vets, and you should always seek professional advice if you ever have concerns.
Thanks for reading. If you have anything that you would like us to cover, then feel free to get in touch with us over on ourFacebook, Twitter or Instagram!