Bonding with your dog happens through training almost automatically. So, I thought writing this would be a cinch. However, after thinking through how our clients approach training, I realized a lot of dog owners and dog lovers get caught up in the how of training and not the why. It’s understandable, because we think about getting visible results when we invest in training. One result we don’t immediately consider is how we can improve our human-dog bond exponentially by going through dog training together.
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So your dog knows how to sit, down, stay, come when called, leave it, and walk on a loose leash. That's great. Those are extremely important foundational behaviors that all dogs should know, especially when you ask them to. But, what about the behaviors that we'd love our dogs to perform on their own?
Generally, when we think about what a dog should know, we go to those usual basics. While knowing these skills is vital for your dog and you to have an enjoyable relationship, there are some skills that we tend to not think about, or overlook:
This is something that I put a large amount of stock in. It is extremely important for dogs to be able to self-soothe and self-settle. This means that a dog who is not being directly interacted with can simply hang out without trying to do a million things at once. You would be surprised at how few dogs have this skill.
So, you love your dog, and your dog loves you. Actually, your dog thinks you’re the bee’s-knees. Here’s the problem: Your day to day sometimes gets too busy to always connect with your dog.
We get this question a lot from our customers:
“What are some ways to connect with my dog on a deeper level and on a daily basis?”
I want to give you ten tips for how to connect with your dog daily. Dogs need regular interaction. They don't have an autopilot setting. You don’t have to go to great lengths to connect daily, but dogs are very social animals and will definitely benefit from extra interaction with you.
#1 Have them do work or tricks for their food
Dogs love to please and food is a great reward. So rather than just letting them eat out of the bowl whenever they want, you can get some playtime in and make them work for it. You'll both be excited, doing something fun together, and connecting with each other.
As Americans, we are very proud of our independence, both as a nation and as individuals. So, it might not be that surprising that many dog-loving Americans have said, in a new poll, that they prefer their dog to their partner. The poll made a big splash on Huffington Post and other news outlets back in August 2015. The survey was originally conducted for PoochPerks.com, a pet subscription box service.