It’s sad to see, but many people still treat their dogs like toys or lifeless animals that are just there for entertainment purposes. It’s the parents that cave into demands from their kids to get a pet, the owners who inherited dogs that they don’t care about, and the people that take stranded dogs into their homes, only to neglect them without a moment’s notice.
Your dog is a living creature that will be with you no matter the good or bad times. There are plenty of ways to show love for your dog and you might feel like they don’t understand you or appreciate the amount of time and effort you put into caring for them, but they do. Dogs are loving animals that might not be able to speak and respond to you, but they have their own way of showing that they love you. If you want to create a loving and lasting bond between you and your dog, here are a couple of tips.
Invest in good dog food
Get rid of those cheap store-brand dog food pouches and cans and invest in your dog’s nutrition. A healthy dog is a well-fed dog, and well-fed doesn’t necessarily mean you’re feeding them lots of cheap food. Make sure you understand your dog’s caloric intake requirements and ensure that you’re not over or underfeeding them. Keep in mind that the dog food you buy should meet their nutritional requirements if you want them to grow and stay strong. In terms of treats, you can use them occasionally as a way to praise and show your love. Feed them treats by hand and follow it with a loving cuddle or pat on the head, but don’t go overboard and feed them treats more often than actual meals.
Give them toys to play with
You can’t always be there for your pet, but the toys you give them when they’re young (assuming they’re durable) will stay with them for life. Be it a cuddly toy, an expensive chew toy you’ve invested in, or just a ball that they love to catch when you throw, check out this guide to dog toys for more information on how to pick the perfect toy for your dog. Some encourage interaction with your dog, and others are more suited for dogs that are left alone for some time due to work or other commitments.
Training your dog builds a strong bond
Many people see training their dogs as a chore, but in reality, training is a fantastic activity to help you build a bond with your dog. Even simple commands such as sit, down and come over can be taught to every dog. Dogs love to know that they’re doing something to make you happy and they enjoy seeing your positive response. Your “good boy” praise and pets on their head don’t go unnoticed, and if they get a treat or a cuddle every time they respond correctly to your commands, it makes it easier for them to please you and show you their love.