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We all love our dogs but there is often one question that plagues us: does my dog know I love him?
This guide is split into two sections to help you understand your dog’s needs and the best approach for affection.
The first looks at how to show your dog love through different measures. This include physical affection, talking to them, giving them food and other treat and providing the very best one-on-one time.
Then we will look at some of the issues of doggy behaviour to help you express love in a truly beneficial manner.
The most instinctive thing to do to show love is to offer physical affection by stroking their fur, giving them tummy rubs and patting them in all the right places.
Don’t forget that dog massage is also available for pet owners that want to go further with the pampering.
Talking is a great way to express love to your dog because they love the attention and the sound of your voice.
One study placed willing dogs in an MRI scanner to determine their reaction to the sound of their human’s voice. The results showed positive reactions to certain words and tones.
This suggests a strong understanding of the human voice and language. Embrace this with plenty of positive praise for good behavior and take the time to read to them.
Food is one of the best ways to ensure that a dog feels loved.
Food is more than just a basic need. They appreciate a tasty treat as much as we like to treat ourselves to a piece of cake on a coffee break.
There are even people that bake doggy cakes and treats. Be careful with the ingredients though. Giving dogs chocolate is not a sign of affection as it is toxic.
Dogs love treats, and plenty of them. Toys works for the best of us, and dogs are no exception.
You could also consider the “bark box”. This is similar to human monthly subscription packages of toys and goodies, just this time it is for dogs.
Also, consider some new activities that they will love. Plan some car rides to a new beach, a hike in the woods, a camping trip or anything else they will love.
It is important to provide these treats and activities through one-on-one time.
Show them they are a loved member of the family through play time, cuddling up on the sofa (if they are allowed on the sofa) and a good walk.
Make sure to schedule time each day for them so that it become part of their routine. Don’t break the house rules because this may confuse them.
These personal sessions are great but social events with other dogs are helpful too. Your dog will love you for taking them to dog parks, to the office or scheduling doggy play-dates.
The biggest concern for owners is that dogs don’t understand their intentions. Are these signs of affection going unappreciated or misunderstood? Never assume to know what your dog will like and respect them when they show discomfort.
Some like hugs and others don’t. Some hate to be approached directly, even if it is with a friendly hand and a treat.
Understand your dog to ensure they get the best love. You need to know how to show your dog you love him in dog language.
Be their protector and a provider of positive feelings.
Another great tip is to get down on their level. This shows that you are equals in play, with no sense of dominance.
Patting them on the head is another sign of dominance that might not be seen as a positive motion.
There are plenty of owners that use kissing as a form of affection, without considering what this means to dogs.
The methods above are much better for showing affection in a way that will be appreciated.
In the end, it all comes down to respecting their feelings and their space.
Personal time with treats, food and ear rubs are wonderful for dogs – but only at the right time.
This means a personal sleeping area with toys, a comfortable bed that is nicely out of the way of others. They need somewhere to retreat and calm down.
Crate training with a blanket over the top creates a sense of a den that may be highly appreciated.
They do when you take the time to understand their language and provide affection in beneficial ways. Learn what your dog likes and what makes the tail wag.
It is not hard to learn how to show your dog love. Give them your time, touch, voice and attention on a regular basis with personal treats along the way.
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