Being able to tell your dog that you love them and knowing that they will understand you can help strengthen the bond between you. These simple ways to tell your dog that you love them will show them that you really care.
Read to your dog
Recent studies have shown that dogs actually understand human languages better than we ever thought possible. By reading to dog, you can help them feel calm and comforted and really help anxious dogs relax.
Listen to your pet
Listen to the tone and pitch of their bark and noises, by frequently tuning your ears to the sounds they make, you can better understand how your dog feels, and you’ll then be able to empathize with what they are feeling.
Prolonged eye contact
Dogs rely on facial expressions and body language to communicate. While staring down a dog in a forceful manner will spark aggression, when a dog gives you long, lingering eye contact, it’s a way of displaying their love. Hold your dogs gaze with a soft stare and blink frequently to show that you are not looking at them in a threatening manner.
Use your eyebrows
When a dog loves someone, they often raise their eyebrows. By greeting your dog with raised eyebrows and a relaxed smile, you are showing your dog how happy you are to see them.
When your dog leans in towards you they are showing that they trust you and rely on you for support. Lean back in towards your dog too and this will help strengthen the bond between you and show them that you are there for them.
By sleeping in the same room or bed, you and your dog will have a great opportunity for comfort and let each know how that you are looking out for one another. If you don’t want to let your dog into your bed than a simple afternoon sleep on the couch together can build up your bond.
Take walks together
Walks and adventures give plenty of opportunities to work on skills like recall. Dogs thrive on routine and schedule, so a daily walk will help them understand how much you love and care for them.
When you touch your dog, it releases the feel-chemical oxytocin in both you and your dog. By giving your dog lots of petting, hugs, massages and grooming sessions you can help your dog feel great both outside and within.
Rub their ears
The majority of dogs absolutely love having their ears rubbed. As a dog’s ears are full of sensitive nerve endings, it feels great when you do this for them.
Feed them by hand
Feeding your dog by hand is more intimate than letting them eat out of a bowl, and this can also help them teach them to eat more slowly and not be possessive of food.