5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Dog

1. Spend time together. A great deal of  relationship building is about being with one another and sharing experiences, so time spent together strengthens it, especially if you spend that time in enjoyable ways.

2. Communicate clearly. Misunderstandings and confusion can be detrimental to relationships, so be as clear as you can when you communicate with your dog. Be consistent with your training signals. Since dogs tend to learn visual signals faster than vocal cues, use the former when possible. Dogs pay attention to what we do more than to what we say, which means that we should attend to what we do when we communicate with them. 

3.Dog Training. Well-trained dogs are allowed greater freedom. If they come when called, they get to spend more time off leash. If they don’t go for the food on the table, they can stay nearby during meals. Training also reduces frustration because when you ask your dog to do something he’s been taught to do, he knows what you want this is the cornerstone of your relationship.

4. Play with your dog. Scientists have observed that parents who play with their offspring have the closest relationships with them, and this also seems true in relationships between people and dogs. Playing games and having fun strengthen your bond.

5.Touch your dog. Physical contact such as grooming and petting is proven to lower stress in shelter dogs, which is measured by reductions in both heart rate and the stress hormone cortisol as well as by an increase in the anti-stress hormone oxytocin. This has led researchers to believe that physical contact plays a role in enhancing the bond between people and dogs. Focusing on your relationship with your dog is arguably the most important aspect of living with your canine friend.

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