Your dog loves you! You know this by the way they welcome you with a tip of the paw and a slurp of the tongue when they wake you up in the morning. You know this by the leap over your prized sofa as they greet you when you step through the front door. And you know this by the way they instinctively protect you from any outside dangers, be that your next door neighbour's cat or the mailman! In short, your dog is your best friend!
But what about you? How can you show your dog that you love them? How can you gain the credential of dog's best friend? Easy, just follow the tips we have for you in this article.
Talk to your dog. According to scientists, dogs can understand human speech. So, while the concept of actually telling your dog "I love you," may appear farfetched, your dog may actually have some understanding of what you are saying. Of course, it's also the way you speak to your dog, using an affectionate tone of voice and welcoming body language that will also show your love.
Use body contact. Dogs love to be hugged; it's a fact. They also love to be tickled behind the ears, have their bellies rubbed, and have their backs gently scratched. While you may not want your dog getting into bed with you or sitting beside you on the sofa, the least you can do is get down to their level and let them enjoy some affectionate touching.
Care for your dog. Actions speak louder than words sometimes, and it is what you do for your dog that shows your love. You need to care for all of their needs, both physically and emotionally. If their hair is matted, give them a grooming session. If their nails are overgrown, use the best dog nail grinder to deal with the problem. If your dog appears down in the dumps, give them that hug to show them you care. And book in those visits to the vet, as you need to ensure all of your dog's health needs are met, no matter the expense.
Treat your dog. And when we say treat, we are of course referring to the edible kind. Dogs love to eat, and there is no better way of showing your dog your love than by feeding them something a little extra as a reward. But don't go overboard. Some foods are dangerous for dogs, and you should never give your dog too many treats as this can lead to obesity. Sometimes, tough love is required! But give your dog the quota of treats your vet recommends, and use them as both a training tool and as a special reward when you're otherwise engaged in eating treats of your own.
Play with your dog. Finally, do the other thing that most dogs love to do (aside from eating), and that's play. Not only will they have fun, but you may get a kick out of it too. You might also boost your exercise levels too, especially when you play games such as fetch with your dog (you may sometimes have to be the fetcher yourself). Check out this helpful guide on playing with dogs, and then pencil in some time to add the fun factor to your dog's life.
We all need a little love in our lives, and our dogs are just the same. Follow our tips, and show your dog just how much you care for them today.