5 Ways to Show your Dog you Love him
Showing love doesn’t necessarily have to involve gifts, because dogs are grateful just to spend some time with their owners. They’ll also be happy just to get a good meal.
Dogs are a part of our families. We are happy just to have them around, and they are happy when we show them affection. However, we can always find new ways to indulge them , so we invite you to discover how to show your dog that you love him.
How to reward your dog with love
Animals are not materialistic beings. Although it’s fine to buy them toys, they tend to enjoy other things more. When we spend time with them, take them on a special walk now and then, or reward them “just because”, they appreciate it more than when we buy them things.
You don’t have to spend money to show your dog you love him, but there’s no harm in spending a bit on nice food, a better bed, or a more comfortable leash. There are many ways to tell your dog that you love him, and here are a few ideas:
1. A longer leash
Going for a walk is the most important and exciting time in your dog’s day. A quality walk will include time for sniffing around and marking his territory without pulling on the leash.
A longer leash will allow him to move freely without feeling the pull of the the harness or collar. A leash about two meters long is enough to keep your dog nearby and under control, but will still allow him to move without too much pulling.
A long, classic leash – get rid of retractable ones – is the first step to start walking without either you or your dog pulling. In addition, a long leash will improve your walks.
2. Give him better food
Dog food tastes boring, and cheap dog food tends to be unhealthy. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”, so your dog will pay the price for poor quality food. Not only will it affect his health, but his mood.
Consider buying your dog better food. There is so much variety in pet stores, and there are surely options you haven’t explored within your price range. You can show your dog you care about him through food.
You can also switch your dog’s diet to natural foods; or even cook for him yourself now and then. Here are some simple recipes that you can prepare on occasion. Your dog will love them because they are healthy, and you’ll love seeing him happy.
3.Play scent games
A dog’s most important sense is his sense of smell. However, it’s so unimportant to humans that we tend to overlook it. Dogs should sniff whatever they want, whenever they want while out for a walk, but they can also use their sense of smell to play games.
Toys involving sniffing and trail-tracking are fun and relaxing for dogs, and can make them feel happier. There are scent-based interactive toys, but we can also make our own simple games. That way you can show your dog you care about him and want him to enjoy himself.
4. Say “no” less
5. Take some basic obedience classes
In basic obedience classes, both you and your dog can learn to communicate better and you’ll gain useful insight to use at home. Your dog will be happier because he’ll know how to earn your praise and rewards. You’ll be proud of your dog because he has learned to obey.