Dogs are an important part of our lives and provide us with companionship and protection. They give us unconditional love, and are always glad to see us. Research has shown that having a dog can help reduce stress and alleviate loneliness.
It’s important for both of us that we do what we can to make our relationship the best it can be. There’s an old saying that says “you get the dog you deserve” so put the effort in to build a good relationship right from the start.
Although your dog doesn’t speak English, he understands a lot about what you’re saying by the expression on your face and the tone of your voice. Try and avoid yelling and screaming when your dog is in the room – this will only make him scared of you, and he’ll not trust you as much. You are the leader in your dog’s pack, and if he feels his leader isn’t in control, he’ll feel insecure.
Another part of enhancing our relationship with our dog is to be the one to give him his food. If there are several people in your household, make sure you’re the one to feed him. In this way, he’ll see you as a source of good things, and will want to be around you.
If you spend some time training your dog, you’ll learn how to tell him what you would like him to do. This will teach him manners and good behavior, which will make you enjoy him even more. Be sure to use the more positive training methods such as food rewards or clicker training. If you use compulsion or check chains, your dog may become frightened of you.
Spend the time to groom your dog. Wash him, brush him, and learn to massage him. Touch is very powerful in communicating feelings and showing him you care.
Playing games is important in improving any relationship, whether it be between two people, or between a person and his dog. Having fun together and sharing some good times will leave you feeling good for the rest of the day.
Never never never use physical violence on your pet. Don’t hit him, kick him or push him around. It will scare him and you’ll undo all the good work you have done in building a close relationship with him. He’ll be reluctant to come close to you and may cower when you approach him. Dogs don’t do things just to annoy you, there’s often a reason for their behavior that you just haven’t identified. If you’re angry or frustrated, don’t take it out on your dog. Vent your feelings elsewhere, then come back and give him a hug.
You’ll notice that many of the things you can do to build a good relationship with your friends can also be applied to your relationship with your dog. It’s not hard work. Teach him how you’d like him to behave, show him affection and don’t do anything to cause pain or fear. You’ll have the best friend you can have.