How humans show love and affection is quite different from how your canine friends may perceive it. For instance, humans are big on hugging people and pets they love, but it turns out, some dogs see this as a show of dominance. To make sure you’re showing affection in a language they understand, here are some tips:
1. Lavish them with their favorite food
Work your way up to your dogs’ heart by filling their stomach with their favorite food. Also, attend to their special needs, if any. For instance, buy well-formulated dog food for dogs with sensitive stomachs. By doing so, you’re ensuring the health of your beloved pets.
2. Get to know them
Dogs are just like people in that they also have their own distinct personality. Going the extra mile of getting to know them—their quirks, fears, unique body language, and what perks them up—allows you the opportunity to appreciate your dogs for being the unique friends that they are. It also helps you detect changes in their behavior that could be a telltale sign of a health problem.
3. Say it with your body language
While dogs may not understand your words, they have no problem interpreting your body language. Rubbing their belly, being excited to see them when you get home, smiling at them, and leaning gently on your pet will be interpreted as “I love you” in the canine language.
4. Spend quality time with them
Just carving out some time in your busy schedule to go for a walk or take a drive with your pups will strengthen the bond you share. Also, spend at least 15 minutes a day on training your furry friends, and both of you will tremendously benefit from it. If you’re too busy beating the deadline, at least allow your dogs to hang out with you while you work.
Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason. They don’t judge, they give you their undying loyalty, and their life revolves around you. Reciprocate that affection by learning to convey love in a way that they understand.