Just like any other relationship, you need to give undivided focus and attention to your dog in order to enjoy an excellent relationship with this loyal friend. They also crave company and wish to spend time with you, just like human beings. Many times, it has been seen that dogs are brought home with a lot of excitement, but after just a few days, the novelty of having a pet wears off and the dogs are left to their own devices. Even though they are not mistreated, seeing them loitering around all alone is a heart breaking sight. Thus, it is important that owners cultivate a strong relationship with their dogs and to do that following tips can come handy-
Create understanding – When bringing a pet to your home for the first time, you may be faced with a lot of dilemmas and you may not be sure about how to help it settle well. Believe me, your pet may also be going through the same phase of confusion. A loving pat can break the ice and a few soft words may help it to feel comfortable. Verbal communication using soft, cooing words can help a lot and maintaining an eye contact can make the task easier. In any good relationship, it is important to avoid confusions and misunderstandings and the best way to do that is by having clear communication, verbal or nonverbal!
Taking good care of them– Bringing a pet home is a huge responsibility and you need to make sure that you take good care of them. When feeding your dog, you need to take care that the food being given to them is nutritionally high and appropriate as per their age, breed and health condition. Ensure that their food is not only nutritionally high, but delicious as well and that feeding time will also be the perfect one.
Unconditional love– Just like a small kid, your dog also needs a loving touch once in a while. It helps them to trust you more. You will be amazed to see them following you everywhere you go. Thus, it is important to show your love once in a while.
Make training sessions enjoyable– When training your dog, remember you are not in an army and you are not training your dog as a recruit. Go easy with the training techniques and schedule and make the sessions enjoyable, so that your dog doesn’t shy away from these sessions. Introduce some games and treat them often with delicious rewards so that they look forward to these sessions. If you think that your dogs are not enjoying training session, back off and give it some time. If you persist, it will alienate it from these sessions considering them as gruelling; hence not enjoyable!
Have fun with them– Sometimes keep all the rules away and just play with them. You will see how close your relationship gets, strengthening day after day. Having pure fun and playing games together is the perfect way to share and develop a strong bond.
Never lose your cool!
When training your dog, never lose your cool! Yelling, screaming, freaking out not only terrifies your pet, but also upset it terribly. Thus, even if your pet is not behaving in the way you expect it to be, try to keep yourself calm and rational.
Teach yourself about pet behaviour– Educate yourself about pet behavior and observe their body language to know what makes them tick! Many times, just watching them can help you to know if they are stressed or are sick or facing any uncomfortable situation. Remember, your dog places a lot of trust in you and, you has to ensure that you understand them and protect them from health problems as well as other issues.
Find out more about what your dog likes– Again observing the behavior and facial expressions of your dog, you can make out if your dog particularly likes something or despises something. This will help you to handle it better. If you continue to give something to your dog that it cannot stand, you will soon notice a change in its behavior and it will try to avoid you, which is not good for its health.
Take your dog wherever you go– Many dog owners leave their dogs behind at home all alone when they are going outdoors. Wherever possible, you must try to take them along with you as it will help you to create a special bond with your adorable friend.
Thus, the above tips can prove to be quite advantageous if you are looking forward to create a special bond with your friend.