You know that having a dog has really added to your life and brought another dimension of richness. After all, you spend time with this critter, training and caring for it, which inevitably builds a relationship that gives you insight into selfless caring, opportunities to practice patience, times to learn the benefit of consistency in your interactions, and overall the steadfast loyalty your dog brings to the relationship. Some people tout dog ownership as an excellent practice ground prior to having children and becoming a parent. The give and take of the caring relationship with your dog is something you can cultivate.
Here are some ideas for building your relationship with your canine companion:
Give your dog a job to do
Today, we don’t often think of our dogs as creatures that need to work. However, many breeds were bred specifically to work alongside their masters, whether they be hunting, caring for livestock or doing other things. These dogs in particular thrive on being needed and given challenges and responsibilities. Dogs are well able to assist you, and now more and more are helping people with disabilities with basic household chores such as opening a door, bringing a can or cup from the refrigerator, picking up items that might be come hazards on the floor. Your basic family dog can help to keep bunnies out of your garden, alert you to visitors, or even get the newspaper from the front steps.
Get out and get exercise together
Dogs have a great deal of energy and need an active outlet for this energy. Not only is this exercise, but when you are out on a walk, your dog uses all his senses, which are much more aware than ours. The smells and sounds will engage his mind, use up his excess energy and really get him thinking. A well-exercised dog is less likely to become a barking problem, or get into destructive mischief. Just like with humans, exercise helps to keep away obesity and the related health problems as well.
Give him his own space
On the other hand, there are times that your dog will need to be able to retreat to his own space to decompress or just sleep. A spot that is just for him will help him feel safe. He will want it to be where he can still keep an eye on what is going on but that is out of the main traffic area. For some dogs, a dog bed is enough, but others really relish a crate with their own blankets and toys. Think of it as just a way to let him have his peaceful time when the activity around him gets to be too much. For him, knowing he has a place to retreat to gives him a great deal of comfort.
Engage in training your dog
Your dog will be happiest when he understands the rules to be a pleasant companion to you and your household. Your dog needs to understand the basic simple rules of polite society such as basic obedience, coming when called, walking on a lead with you, all the basic things that make you enjoy the company of your well-mannered dog. You both will be happier with basic manners established. In some cases, some dogs desire more to occupy them. Some thrive on having jobs, doing agility, learning tricks, and consistently being challenged to learn more. On top of that, training is an excellent way for you and your dog to spend some wonderful time together.
Let Them Sleep in The Bed
Co-sleeping can really show your dog that you are allowing them into your personal space. If you don’t want them on the bed, consider allowing your dog to lounge on the couch with you. Dogs consider their family as their pack, and being separated makes them lonely. Your dog wants to be with you, whether that means sleeping on the floor next to your bed, or even accompanying you around your home.
Give Them Treats
Your dog will enjoy safe toys and chewing objects, as well as dog treats. You have many excellent choices, even including some fruits and vegetables such as celery, apples and carrots. Check out your options and review what foods are not good for dogs.
Dogs respond very well to positive tones of voices. They especially thrive when your energy that you put out is on the positive spectrum. Positive reinforcement goes much farther than negative reinforcement. Never use physical punishement as it can be very harmful to your dog emotionally, and the stress can affect his health. Dogs respond well when you praise them and will do quite a bit to get that reinforcement from you.
Bring Your Dog On Trips
Your dog may be contented to be alone for short periods, but overall, dogs love constant companionship and time with you is a priceless thing to your dog. Dogs love to come along on trips, whether long or short. If you are concerned with dog hair in your vehicle, there are many ways to address that. Cover the seats with a blanket and clean up will be simple. Your dog loves to be with you, and will love to come on trips with you as you are their family. When planning trips, take the extra time to look for places that accept pets and your dog will be so happy to accompany you!