By Cristiane Namiuti
Dogs and humans have the ability to build strong and trusting relationships that, at times, don’t appear to be all that different from relationships between humans alone. Many people consider their dogs a member of the family because there is a deep mutual love and respect. However, in the beginning stages, this special relationship doesn’t always just occur on its own. It takes time and work, and implementing the following techniques can help speed up the process.
- Learn to listen to your dog through observing body language. All friends need to be able to communicate, and responding to their needs and desires as a result of correctly interpreting a wag of the tail or a tenseness in the ears ensures that the communication goes both ways.
- Spend time together every day, just the two of you. This doesn’t include watching TV or being on your phone while on a walk. This should be solely focused on time to play, groom, walk, and simply be in the same space together.
- Train your dog each day through positive reinforcement and set attainable goals to avoid frustration. The daily contact will naturally build a stronger bond, and developing a rewards system that helps your dog feel valued and recognized will leave you both feeling successful. For example, work through the same trick in steps with a treat broken into pieces instead of trying to attempt difficult tricks with no luck.
About the author: Cristiane Namiuti has over ten years of experience in brand management and product marketing, having worked with companies such as Unilever and Bare Escentuals. She loves her little Lhasa Apso and strives to be a good dog owner and make her pouch happy.