Eye contact signifies trust and love in relationships. Similarly, dogs exhibit similar behavior. Nervousness hinders eye contact, while trust fosters a meaningful gaze.
So, give your dog the opportunity to please you! You reinforce your bond when you praise your dog and recognize their good behavior.
“Dogs tend to have closer proximity in general with the people they are connected to,” Tedeschi says. This is because your dog is getting real time feedback about their own well being from you—just as you are from your dog.
Even if your dog has mastered the basics, practicing your positive reinforcement training enhances the bond you share.
This leads us to…trick training! If your dog is already obedience trained, why not teach them a new trick? Teaching a new party skill is an excellent way spend time together and have fun.
Of course, all dogs are individuals and some are less affectionate than others, so be mindful of their love language, show physical affection on their terms, and you’ll see your bond grow.
Your dog seeks your attention and expresses attachment through play, proximity, and touch. Give them your undivided attention to strengthen your bond.
Play is one of the most important behaviors in all species,” Tedeschi says. “Play activates our neurobiology, not only oxytocin, but it reduces stress
To enhance your bond, lean into the emotional and mental benefits of your pet to help regulate your mood—check in, take some deep breaths, take the pup for a walk, and remember that your dog ultimately wants you to be happy: their quality of life is tied to yours! You’re not alone when you have your dog.
Treats are wonderful, but you want to watch weight gain. One easy way to show love with food? Add some tasty, healthy toppers or mix-ins to your dog’s daily meals.