They say that dogs are a man’s best friend, but can we say the same? Are we as good in return?
If you want to show your dog as much love, care and affection as he shows you, here are a few things you can do:
Be the leader of the pack
Dogs feel, safest and most secure when they know where their place is in the pack. They like to have someone who is in charge, and who they know they can rely on come what may. If you become the leader of your dog’s pack, not only will it make life easier for him, but it will also be far easier for you to train him and build an unbreakable bond.
Take care of her health
Your dog relies on you to look after her best interests. She can hardly call up the vet and make her own appointments when she’s unwell or shop for the healthiest food in the store, so you need to do it for her. That means, doing things like scheduling regular vaccination for your pet, watching for signs of illness and having them treated regularly, and ensuring that your dog has the healthiest diet possible. Take good care of your pet and she’ll be there for you for many long years to come.
Go for walkies
Walking your dog gives you the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together. It will also do your pet the world of good. He’ll be stimulated by the different sights, sounds and smells around him, and he’ll get lots of healthy fresh air and exercise to boot. Just make sure that you give your dog the right amount of exercise for his age and breed because walking to often or not often enough can be counter-productive.
Playing with your dog is so important. Not only does it give you both a chance to bond, but it will enable your dog to use his mind and keep his brain sharp. He’ll also be more mentally and physically healthy if you play games like fetch and flyball on a regular basis. Dogs may love lazing around, but when that’s all they do, they can become very unhappy and even unwell.
Shower her with praise
Praising your dog when they have behaved well is the best way to train them. It is also better than giving lots of treats because it won’t contribute to an expanding waistline, and...well because dogs love to get the approval of their owners. That’s not to say you can never reward them with a tasty tidbit, but try to control how much extra food your dog has for her own good!
Arrange a Playdate
Your dog may be your best friend, but he’ll really enjoy spending time with other neighbourhood pooches too, It’ll help him learn how to behave around other dogs, removing any fear, and ensuring he has lots of fun.
Your dog deserves the best, so so whatever you can to be his best friend now and forever!