5 Safe and Healthy Ways to Show Your Dog You Love Them
As Valentine’s Day approaches, what better time to show your appreciation to all of your loved ones, including your beloved pets? Dogs give us so much love, and it is important to show your dog that you love them too. In order to do so, you must speak their language. You two may not be able to literally speak with one another, but you can convey your love in a way your pup will understand.
Here are a few ways you can express your true feelings to your dog so they are sure of your love and devotion.
1. Ear Rubs
Dogs absolutely love ear rubs! A dog’s ears are full of nerve endings that send impulses through the body, releasing endorphins. These hormones act as painkillers and produces a natural high that is also released when dogs feel love. When you show your affection for your pups with ear rubs, you can be certain they appreciate the gesture.
2. Hand Feeding
Some experts suggest that feeding your puppy by hand not only shows your dog that you are a food provider and reduces food aggression, but is an intimate experience that creates a strong bond between you and your pup. As your dog grows older, hand feeding may fade, but offering treats during training will show that you still care. Just don’t overdo it. If you’re trying this for the first time with an older dog, approach with caution.
Whatever you choose to feed your dog, make sure that their diet is still healthy and balanced. We know that dogs will beg for human food and extra treats, but too much unhealthy food can give your dog a stomachache (or worse).
3. Speaking to Them
It has been found that dogs do, in fact, understand some human speech. Dogs have been studied in an MRI scanner showing that they experienced the most happiness when they heard not just a praising tone, but words of praise, as well. This suggests that they don’t just notice our tone of voice, but can interpret meaning from words, too. So sometimes just telling your dog how you feel is a great way to express your love.
4. Positive Training
Positive reinforcement is an excellent way to communicate your love, and training your dog will give you that opportunity to strengthen your bond. This will allow you to provide your dog with their favorite forms of motivation, whether that’s food, praise, or play. Your dog will view you as a provider of the things they love the most and that when they cooperate with you, you will reward them. When you both work to make each other happy, you’re both showing your love for each other.
Some dogs actually don’t like to be hugged, approached directly, or meeting new people. They will express a lot through body language, so it is beneficial to know what to look for. By learning how dogs communicate, you can reduce their feelings of stress and work on making them feel at ease. This will increase their trust for you and build your loving relationship. When you’re their protector, guardian, and friend, your dog will be feeling all the love.
Establishing a deep, loving bond with your dog will help to improve their temperament, and they will feel safer and more at ease when they are with you. Dog bites can happen unexpectedly, but showing your dog that they’re safe with you and that you care about them will go a long way in reducing the risk of a nervous outburst.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.