Ten Awesome Ways to Bond With Your Dog

10 Awesome Ways To Bond With Your Dog10 Awesome Ways To Bond With Your Dog

A widely known and over-used fact of our time is that dog “is man’s best friend.” It’s hard not to agree given the way that they’ve adapted to our society.

And it’s hard not to like dogs.

Dogs have a sense of responsibility towards their owner, alternating with their playful nature and the sincerity within their “voice.” Your dog will be happy when you come home from work and sad when you’re not there. 

At PremierPups, we encourage all types of activities that help owners better bond with their dogs. Let’s explore some ways in which you can return the affection that you receive and strengthen your friendship in the process.

Why Build a Bond With Your Dog

Most people who love their dogs would consider that question to be ridiculous. But first time dog owners, people who are adopting a dog or even long time pet people who just want to have a closer relationship with their dog may ask the question.

Beyond the emotional aspect of a strong bond, there are some practical reasons why you want to cultivate a close bond with your dog.

Bond with your dog quote:  The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.  Konrad LorenzBond with your dog quote
  1. Dogs that are firmly bonded to their human are easier to train.

  2. Dogs that share a strong bond with their person are less likely to run off (and possibly get lost or injured).

  3. Firmly bonded dogs will be more likely to protect you.

  4. You may feel saddened or betrayed by a dog that doesn’t seem to care for you.

  5. Strongly bonded dogs will provide companionship and friendship to you for their entire life.

Ten Ways to Bond With Your Dog

1. Play With Him

Dogs love to play! You should like to play with your beloved pooch, too. Besides having fun, games such as fetch or tag are an excellent way for a dog to get some exercise. Scientists have noted that parents who play with their children often are also closer and easier-to-relate-to when it comes to more serious aspects of life.

Don’t forget that gaining your dog’s respect is vital since the early stages of your relationship. Rewards are an essential part that should come after every trick your dog performs. 

Besides teaching your dog basic commands such as sit, down, stay and come, you may add some tricks to the list. Dogs usually love to use their brains, so it’s important to give them the chance to learn continuously. It is an excellent way to strengthen the bond with your dog. Trick training may be mentally exhausting for your dog, so he’ll fall asleep immediately after the end of the session. 

2. Take Her For a Walk

Walking your dog is something that you should do at least twice a day. These are the moments in which your dog can enjoy Mother Nature, get to socialize with other dogs and “mark their territory.”

The more you take him out, the closer he will feel to you. Be careful with the leash, however, and if necessary, spend some time training him to walk nicely on the leash. If your dog wants to smell everything in sight while playing tug-of-war with you, then it’s vital that you don’t reward such behavior. 

3. Talk to Him

Your dog won’t get every word you say, but he will gladly listen to the loving tone of your voice. Talking to him will make him feel important and will reaffirm the friendship between you.

You can also use different sounds to praise the good things like pooping outside, and you can scold him when needed. Scolding is as essential as praising because it’s healthy for a dog’s personality to know the difference between right and wrong.  Harsh punishment should never be used.

4. Reward Her

A delicious reward will not go unnoticed by your barking four-legged friend. Congratulating him with yummy gifts is a great way to encourage healthy habits. Reward him with dietary supplements and your dog will have every reason to love you. 

Some dogs crave attention, petting, and cuddling.  These actions on your part can also be very rewarding to your dog.  Toys, as I will discuss below are another form of reward and can greatly improve the bond with your dog.

5. Love him

Of course, your dog doesn’t need any reason to love you. He will give that love unconditionally, and that’s something that you should do too. 

Love is the most essential part of a dog owner’s relationship with his four-legged friend. Don’t be fooled by his poor vocabulary, you have a lot to learn from your dog. A dog will teach you how to be more responsible, sensitive and a more loving human being.

Don’t forget to show your dog all the affection that he deserves. It’s easy to hide behind the fact that you have a busy schedule, but your dog is not some toy that you can play with whenever you feel like it. He’s a “full” member of your family, and he deserves to be loved accordingly.

6. Groom Her

Owners of dogs that require daily or almost daily grooming will tell you that grooming time can be a fun way to deepen that attachment.   Starting a grooming routine in puppyhood that is comfortable and familiar to your dog can lead to a lifetime of one-on-one time with your dog.  Long haired, curly or wiry coats will require much grooming, so get into a habit of using this time to your advantage.

Short-haired dogs don’t need much grooming so it is easy to forget that grooming can be a bonding activity for them too.   To give short-haired dogs the same attention that long haired dogs enjoy, try a rubber curry brush and go over the hair every couple of days.  Not only will your dog look amazing, but he will also love the experience.

7. Plan Some Activities Together

If you live in America, then odds are that you’ve heard that dog parks are a great place to bond with your dog, let your dog socialize and meet other people at the same time.

Some people like to attend music festivals with their four-legged companions. Others love to spoil their dogs by signing them up for expos. You know what you want to do in your spare time and your dog will most certainly appreciate every moment that he spends with you.

30 Things to Do With Your Dog to Build That Bond With Your Dog

  1. Attend a Music Festival
  2. Visit a Pet Store Together or Go to an Outlet Mall
  3. Enjoy a Cultural or Craft Fairs Normally Allow Dogs
  4. Visit the Dog Park
  5. Attend a Pet Expos
  6. Take an Overnight Camping Trip
  7. Plan a Road Trip
  8. Take Your Dog Boating
  9. Fly a Kite with Your Dog
  10. Go sledding with your dog
  11. Find a dog friendly swimming event
  12. Hike on a wilderness trail
  13. Take Your Dog Fishing
  14. Check Out Restaurants in Your Area that Allow Dogs:  Have Dinner
  15. Take Your Dog to the Ball Park
  16. Go to the Beach
  17. Take Your Dog to a Farmers' Market
  18. A Drive-In Movie?  Maybe
  19. Enroll in a training class
  20. Visit a Friend with your dog
  21. Some National Parks Allow Dogs
  22. Many bars allow dogs on their patios
  23. Have a cup of coffee on an outside patio
  24. Backpack with your dog
  25. Participate in a dog sport such as agility or flyball
  26. Go Trick or Treating with Your Costumed Dog
  27. Visit a Pumpkin Patch in October
  28. Visit Santa or the Easter Bunny with Your Dog
  29. Have Lunch at a Drive-In Restaurant
  30. Go RVing with your dog

8. Vary His Toys

Keep your dog interested in changing his toys from time to time. Hide his older toys for a month or two while you give him other toys to enjoy. He will forget about the older toys for a while and will rejoice with happiness at the sight of his “lost” toys. 

9. Find Her Favorite Petting Spot

Your dog will most definitely love being petted on his belly. You could also test him to see what his favorite petting spots are. If your dog is lying on his back, closes his eyes as if he would be ready to fall asleep or his mouth cracks as if he would want to smile, then – CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve just found your dog’s sweet spot.

Also, massaging has been proven to be beneficial for your dog’s health and behavior.

10. Don’t Disappoint Him

Keeping your cool when he’s done wrong is something you should do both for him and for your own well-being. You can scold him but never take any actions based on emotions. Your dog will remember any harsh punishment and one angry outburst on your part can weak the bond you've tried to establish.

Reward him whenever he earns it but have a generally loving attitude.

Also, remember to spend as much time with him as possible. He’s not your dog only on Christmas, on the weekends, evenings or whenever you’re in the mood. If you bring a dog in the house, he’s yours for life!

The more time you spend together, the more comfortable both of you’ll feel. Whether it is about having fun outdoors or hanging out on the couch, your dog will be delighted to be around you. Be generous, share your time with your dog, think about and plan his favorite activities and the bond between you will strengthen rapidly. 

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How Strong is The Bond Between You and Your Dog?

How do you know if you are making progress?  Every dog’s temperament is different, even within breeds so you can’t often rely on breed characteristics to gauge the level of attachment your dog has for you.  

You can notice your dog’s behavior, his body language, and even his bark. Below, I’ve added a list of indicators of a strong bond.  If your dog displays most or all of these traits, you will be sure that a strong bond exists between you and your dog. 

Don’t worry if your dog doesn’t perform each task flawlessly.  There will be situations where it is almost impossible for him to demonstrate these behaviors. 

Everyone deserves an off day.  Your dog may be ill or hurt.  Some dogs have such a strong prey drive that makes staying by your side nearly impossible for him when he sees a squirrel nearby.   Some breeds are stubborn, so don’t confuse their stubborn streak with a weak bond.

You know You Have A Strong Bond With Your Dog...

  • They make eye contact consistently.
  • Looks at you frequently even when you are not looking at her.
  • Their tail is wagging when she sees you.
  • She is excited to see you and may bark, jump up or show pleasure in other ways.
  • He wants to be near you, next to you, or on you, or at least in the same room.
  • She looks at you for help if necessary such as to go outside, retrieve a toy, or fill up a water bowl
  • He is good at communicating needs through body language.
  • A desire to want to protect you from harm.
  • Shows signs of jealousy if you are interacting with another dog.
  • Craves physical interactions -nuzzles close to you, rolls over for a belly rub, paws at you
  • Happily comes when called most of the time
  • Dutifully Performs basic commands that she knows 
  • Barks or otherwise verbalize if she can’t get to you.
  • Stays close to you even if she has the opportunity to run off

Troy , Author of Ten Awesome Ways to Bond With Your Dog

Troy works as a Marketing Specialist for https://premierpups.com, a site that offers great experiences for dog lovers. He loves his 3-year-old Pomsky beauty and hasn’t left his side ever since he adopted him.

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