Are you finding ways to show your dog how much you love them? Are you questioning yourself if your dog appreciates the things you do for him or her?
Verbal communication is the easiest way to tell someone you love them but human beings and dogs don’t share the same language.
This is the reason why at first, pet owners do not know how to express their love to their furry pets in a way that dogs will understand.
Learning the behavior and what dogs usually like can be an advantage for a pet owner to easily show their love for their dogs.
Because if you know these two factors you can express your love by giving them what they want or by copying what they do whenever they show affection. It is not difficult to tell your dog you love them if a pet owner is sincere.
Eight Ways to Tell Your Dog You Love Them in a Way They Can Understand
First, feed them by hand
Dogs love food! Feeding your dog using your bare hand will increase your bond with them. Usually, this is the first thing a pet owner does to their newly acquired pet. For dogs, it is a fact that when you feed them they will remember that and treasure you forever.
Second, let them sleep in your bed
Letting your dog sleep in your bed is also a way to tell your dog that you love them. How? Since your dog treats you as their parent or their master, whenever you allow them to sleep with you in your bed it is like you are giving them a signal that you love them.
When it comes to the behavior of a dog, if he or she sleeps in your bed it means that you gained your furry pet’s trust.
Third, groom or massage them
Dogs are similar to humans, they love massages! Try rubbing the belly of your dog, he or she will surely ask for more. Dogs feel good each and every time you massage them.
Also grooming like bathing them or combing their fur can make them realize that you really love them. Because they feel like they are being taken care of.
Fourth, train them and apply positive reinforcement
Dogs love to be trained especially if you apply positive reinforcement. Never punish your dog! Training enhances their mental skills and dogs like that!
Every time you train your dog, make sure that you apply positive reinforcement. This is to encourage your dog to look forward to the next training schedule.
What are the examples of positive reinforcement? One good example is giving them treats as a form of reward every time your furry pet is able to do the trick. Also praising your dog for a job well done is highly recommended.
Through training with positive reinforcement, your dog will feel loved. And at the same time, your furry pet is enjoying every training session you conduct.
Fifth, give them ear rubs
Do you know that rubbing the ears of your dog stimulates endorphins? Do you also know that endorphin is also known as the happy hormone?
A gentle rub behind the ears of your dog stimulates endorphins. That is why every time you rub the ears of your dog, you make them very happy. Happy in a way that they are melting!
Try doing this and your dog will surely ask for more ear rubbing sessions. When you are the reason for your dog’s happiness, they feel loved!
Sixth, lean on them
In another term, doggie hugs! If you are a pet owner and you notice that your furry pet leaned on you while you are sitting or pressed up upon your legs, this means that they are being affectionate to you.
So whenever you lean to your furry pet, for them you are also expressing your love to them.
Seventh, talk to them and maintain eye contact
Communicate with your dogs and always maintain that eye contact. Even though your furry pet can’t understand the majority of what you are saying, he or she is trying to understand you through your eyes and your emotions.
If you will notice, every time you talk with your furry pal, they will sometimes lick you which is synonymous with a kiss in humans.
Eight, walk with them
Bond with your dog outside! You can go to the park or to the mall and walk with your dog. They do love to walk with their owners for it is like spending some quality time with your furry pet.
For pet owners, always remember that when you walk with them on an outdoor set-up you are also improving their socialization skills and at the same time it is also their exercise.
After walking with your furry pet, if your dog licks you afterward this means that he or she is thankful to you and expresses his or her love for you.
What is common with these eight tips? All of it requires attention and time. If you want to be a pet owner or if you are a pet owner who wants to assure that your furry pet knows that he or she is loved, give him or her the attention and time he or she needs from you.
Walk with them outside, Feed them, sleep with them, train them, talk to them sincerely, lean on them, give them ear rubs and massage them. Express your love to them and they will love you unconditionally.
If you want to have a furry pet, make sure that you are ready with the responsibilities, because you are dealing with a creature who has feelings. To be a pet owner is like being a parent to a child, the responsibilities are the same.
The only difference is that your dog is not your own blood, but even if it isn’t your own blood, you can never question how unconditionally a dog can love you.
So if you adopt a dog, make sure that you will love him or her. Because your dog will love you more than you love yourself.
Thank you for the information. It is very helpful!
I am a loving dog owner, of a 2 year old Mini Australian Shepherd, his name is Hoss. He is very, very smart! I have had several different dog breeds in my life, but none of them Love me like he does. He has been pretty easy to train, he can set, lay down, come, stay, back up, go around, roll over and kennel. I’m having a couple of concerns though he has separation anxiety, so bad, I need to know more about helping him, the other concern is he’s not that social with other people, especially men.
Brenda LaMar says
Just rescued an abused 3 yr. old red male Reindeer Chihuahua(long legs and big ears). Very skinny and would not make eye contact(it took a week for him to look at me). Been in a cage for three years and never being outside. Week 1 together, he is looking around and not shivering, Week two in getting a bath and walking with a harness and leash(taking five steps and then stopping), even playing chase(runs like a greyhound!! Week three, is now walking with me with no leash but a harness and plays at least once a day and running full power and then sleeps with extra naps during the day….is that normal??
Lucy Hunter says
Keep Up the good work 😘