Ever since dogs were domesticated about 15,000 years ago, our bond with them has been unbreakable. When your dog greets you at the door with a wagging tail or curls up next to you because he senses you’re having a bad day, he is demonstrating that bond.
Here are some fun ideas for bonding with your dog at home. Keep in mind that every pet (and person) will have his own preferences, so find something you enjoy doing together.
Parkour is a fun sport where dogs navigate obstacles, improving confidence and fitness. Rewards like treats and praise reinforce their skills.
Explore a range of dog enrichment products like chews, puzzles, and food toys. Stuff Kongs with treats, peanut butter, or canned food for interactive fun.
One way to promote your dog’s natural stalking and chasing instincts is to use a flirt pole, which is essentially a giant cat toy wand for dogs that you can purchase or make at home, says Faughn.
This is one of my favorite games to implement with my dogs at home and in shelters, because it is so easy and taps into their natural scavenger and foraging abilities in their hunt for food,” says Faughn
What dog wouldn’t appreciate a soft, gentle massage? Although the research on massage for dogs is scant, some veterinarians believe it’s associated with benefits like stress relief and lowered blood pressure.
Spend 5-6 minutes daily teaching your dog a simple behavior using positive methods. Build trust, understanding, and strengthen your bond.
Teach your dog the spin trick by guiding them in a circle with a treat. Gradually reward for more turns. Practice until they can do it without the treat lure.
Reading aloud to your dog can strengthen your bond and reduce stress. Dogs enjoy familiar voices, and it gives you a chance to read something you enjoy.