What words come to mind when you describe your relationship with your dog?  If things are not going as smoothly as you hope then this post is for you. With any relationship there can be ups and downs but I know as dog owners you want to have the best relationship with your dog. I am going to share three ways to build  a better bond with your dog.

Routines

First of all, creating a better routine with your dog is important. If you do not have one or are not consistent. Dogs love routines and they give them confidence and excitement for the basic things we may overlook. Meals, walks, play, and sleep are all things your dog expects to experience each day but being consistent is essential. With a business where I have done pet sitting, I have seen first hand how important it is to stay  with a  routine. It provides stability and lessens the stress of never knowing when things are happening for your dog.

Part of the frustration owners can feel on a walk for example, if their dog is doing poorly it is directly related to being consistent with taking a walk and working on training. Being inconsistent and having unrealistic expectations sets  you and your dog up for failure. Try getting up earlier to get out on a walk in the morning or evening as well as utilizing different ways to incorporate your dog into your schedule. Three days a week, go to the dog park for example. Also,  I would use your cell phone calendar/app to put your dog on your schedule so you will remember and manage your time well. This may sound silly and that you would never forget about your dog but life happens. A schedule  means you have designated the time  to do it and it will become easier to do once you establish one with your dog.

Feeding your dog

Secondly, the way you are feeding your dog can be having an impact as well. Putting food in a bowl, placing it down, and leaving or free feeding in the bowl seems easy enough for you as a dog owner. However, that is not helping your dog associate you as valuable. They go over to the bowl and food is there but they do not think you did it. Instead, hand feeding them their meals gives you a chance to have fun bonding while working on basic training, which in turn makes your dog physically as well mentally work for their meal by focusing on you. Some of their excess energy gets out, so when you leave for work they not only have a walk but some bonding in the house with you. If you are running short on time then take your dog’s food in a Ziploc bag and feed while on your walk. You want your dog to do sits, down, eye contact, and stay next to you on walks. Therefore,  using a meal  is another way to keep building your bond and rewarding great behavior from your dog.

 

 

 

Time management

Finally, time management  is another thing that can impact building your bond. This may not seem so obvious compared to other things in your life,  but finding the time and putting it into your dog is essential. Like I mentioned above, putting your dog on your calendar as well as looking at how much quality time you give during the week might give you a much needed reality check. Walking your dog and being on the phone or just letting him/her out to go the bathroom is not going to build that relationship you want. Giving your complete attention. I understand the obligations dog owners have but making small changes will help both you and your dog. We use so much technology in our daily lives to help manage or waste our time (I am guilty of that too) and stay connected  with other people. Why not apply a little more of that  thinking and time to your dog? I hope this post was helpful and one of the ways to bond with your dog is going for a walk.

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  • High value and low value dog treat examples
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