How to Show Love to Your Dog

We love our dogs. No matter what kind of day we’re having, when we walk through the door to find our faithful furry companion waiting for us, there’s nothing better.

Dogs spend most of their time with us showing how much they love us. How do we return the favor? I’ve come up with a few ways you can show your love to your canine family member.

4 Ways You Can Show Love to Your Dog

Speak Lovingly

While I’m training, I recommend pet owners use a commanding, authoritative voice. But when it’s time to reward a dog’s good behavior, you should break out a higher-pitched, more nurturing tone. Although dogs do learn key words, most of your words are meaningless. That doesn’t mean it’s a waste of time to talk to your pet, though. In fact, studies have shown that with the right volume and tone, you can show your love to your dog no matter what words are coming out of your mouth.

Pet Often…but on Your Terms

You probably pet your dog because you enjoy it. But did you know that studies have shown that it benefits your dog, as well? Petting increases the levels of oxytocin in both dogs and their owners. Also known as the “love hormone,” oxytocin bonds dogs to their owners, just as it bonds humans to each other. I always stress, though, that you should pet your dog on your own terms. If your dog barks or otherwise demands attention that you reward with petting, you’ll be unable to establish your position as pack leader.

Make Eye Contact

Another action that can stimulate release of that love hormone is eye contact. In the context of an owner-pet relationship, eye contact can show your dog your love. It’s never a good idea to make this type of eye contact with an unfamiliar dog, though, as it can seem like you’re trying to be intimidating. But with your own dog, strive to make eye contact in everything you do.

Include Your Dog in Your Routine

Imagine life as a dog. They have no idea what will happen from one minute to the next. One of the best things you can do for your beloved family member is to establish a daily routine. That morning walk or after-dinner snuggle on the sofa becomes something expected. Try to structure your household in a way that helps your dog know what each day will bring.

Although it’s important to ensure your pet is well-trained, it’s equally essential to build a lasting bond. I have plenty of tips to help you train your dog so that when it’s time to relax and cuddle, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the experience.

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