You love your dog, right? Of course you do! How could you not? And I bet you tell him all the time how much you love him. Funny thing though, dogs don’t speak English. While I’m sure he’s figured out what you mean by the tone of your voice, and how often you tell him that you love him, it is also incredibly important that you show him how much you love him too! This may sound simple enough, but sometimes it can be easy to forget that your dog needs you to show him these kinds of things. Sometimes, after a long, tiring day of work, it can be easy to take his unconditional love for granted. Not that you mean to, but it can happen. Here are a few important ways that you can be sure you are showing your dog how much you love him!
Okay, this is an obvious one! Set aside some time each day to hug and snuggle and rub and love your dog. Loving physical contact – whether gentle or playful – goes a long way to making your furry family member feel like a priority.
Sam taking some time out of her day to make sure Phelix gets his loves!
Food is a big deal to dogs. So are treats! Make sure you are feeding your dog nutritionally balanced meals. It will keep him feeling good, and support important aspects of his health, such as growth and development, skin and coat condition, satiety and good digestion, etc., etc. It is also crucial to feed him good quality treats. If you need any help picking a top quality food or treats, talk to one of our staff members.
Rennik eating his favourite treat – a Veggiedent! These are very popular with a lot of our patients!
Another obvious one, but I bet you didn’t realize how much of a bonding experience it can be for you and your dog! Going for walks, playing fetch or other fun games are probably the highlight of his day, and guess what? You get to share that with him! You get to be that person that takes him out and he loves you so much for that. Next time you come home and don’t feel like going for a walk or playing, remember how much those activities mean to your dog. I promise once you get out there and moving around, you’ll have just as big a smile on your face as he would have on his, if he could.
Pattie and Kristy on a hike with Rennik, Dakota and Floyd!
How would you feel if you had to walk around with matted hair, unbrushed teeth or dirty nails? Not great, I bet. Well, it’s the same for your dog! He requires regular grooming, whether it’s a bath and brush, ear cleaning or nail trim. Show him how much you care by tending to the things he can’t!
Dr. Jessica cleaning her dog Rudy’s teeth! What a handsome boy!
Toys, Toys & More Toys
Let’s face it, buying toys for your dog is fun! They come in all colours, shapes and sizes, it’s hard not to spend a million dollars on them. A great way to show your dog how much you love him is with interactive toys that you two can play with together. You can get tug-toys, balls, kongs, stuffies… I’m sure he won’t discriminate! It’s also a good idea to cycle through toys to keep him interested. I’m sure you have 50 toys you could give him, but try only keeping a few out at a time and rotating them. If you’re looking for some fun new toys, check out our Webstore!
Rennik playing fetch with his Kong Aqua! It was a great find on the Webstore, he loves it!
When you think love, you might not think discipline, but I assure you, it is an imperative element when it comes to your dog’s happiness. Dogs are natural pack animals, and guess who should be the pack leader? That’s right, you! Without a pack leader, your dog may feel lost or insecure, or, even worse, he may try to take on the role himself. Be sure to establish clear boundaries and stick to them! Your dog needs consistency in his life. Show him you love him by correcting the misbehaviours and rewarding the good behaviours.
Donna letting Billie know that socks are not for chewing. Next, she will give her a proper chew toy and reward!
A Place to Call His Own
Although this may not the most interactive way to show your love, providing a comfortable place in your home that is just for him goes a long way in making your dog feel safe and secure. It is important to maintain a clean and relaxing safe haven for your dog, a place that is just his. It is best if people or other animals do not disturb him while he is in his “spot.”
Dakota enjoying a nap on “her” couch! (Or maybe just taking a break from baby Isabella!)
So there you have it! Whether it is through physical affection, providing balanced nutrition, having daily adventures together, practicing proper grooming, cycling through fun toys, correcting and rewarding behaviour, or allowing your dog to have his own space, these are seven great ways you can show your dog how much you love him. Of course, don’t stop telling him either! 🙂
On behalf of everyone here at Snelgrove Vet Services, thank you for reading,
And thank you for showing your dog how much you love him!