Pet owners know that one of the most beautiful gifts our pets have to offer us is their unconditional love. Every time you open your front door, a dog will always run to you in excitement, ready to cuddle and play. Their love is true and loyal. After all, there’s a reason they’re called man’s best friend! So, how can you best relay that same message of love to your four-legged companion?
It’s all about understanding how to speak their language. Dogs respond to body language and gestures in a way that you may not even be aware of. So, let’s take a look at some easy ways you can tell your dog you love them in their own special dog language.
- Training – Training is one of the best ways you can learn to communicate with your dog. The key is to make sure you’re teaching with positive reinforcement. Dogs thrive when it comes to structure and structured learning. This is how you convey your love for them. Training with positive reinforcement will quickly become a favorite form of motivation, whether they’re getting food, praise, or play from it. The point is that your dog will hear and see you communicating with them, then they know they get something (a reward, treat or praise) more that they absolutely love. Your dog will learn that when the two of you work together, everyone is happy and feels the love.
- Reading – That’s right! Bedtime stories aren’t just for kids. Dogs love the chance to snuggle up next to their owners, and they love to hear the soothing sounds of your voice. So, make it a new part of your weekly routine to have story time. Try getting cozy on the floor with them with a good book, and don’t forget to be animated with your eyes and facial expressions. Trust us, they’ll get into it!
- Talking – Yes, you can and should engage in deep conversation with your pet! They won’t mind one bit that you’re talking to them; in fact, they’ll come to look forward to your chats. You can talk about absolutely anything you want, and the great news is, not only is this another form of bonding, it’s also a great release for you, as studies have shown that talking to and petting dogs can lower blood pressure.
- Family Time – A little human touch goes a long way with our pets, so remind them that they’re a part of the family too. Whether you’re just telling them about your day in soft, soothing tones, giving them back and belly rubs, giving them praise, or just having everyone sit down for meals at the same time, all of these things are expressions of love that your dog will understand and appreciate.
The next time you want to show your pet some love, give these simple bonding techniques a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much of a deeper connection you will feel with your pet, and you’ll have the added comfort in knowing that they know that you’re saying “I love you.”