The importance of giving your dog affection

By Camile Dilworth, Edited by Paula Lacsena

Dogs give their owners lots of affection by cuddling with them, giving them enthusiastic greetings every time they walk through the door, and much more; they’re typically very high-spirited, intelligent, loving animals. 

When bringing a dog into your household, it’s important to give them equal affection that you would give to any other household member. Affection is an important factor in any bond because it makes us feel wanted and safe; this is also the case with dogs as being comfortable with their surroundings can help reinforce positive behaviour.

Here are some helpful techniques to show your dog affection:

1) Don’t forget to praise your dog
It’s important to praise your dog when they’re behaving because it enforces consistent positive behaviour. Petting your dog  or rewarding them with treats when they commit an obedient act are great ways to praise your dog’s good behaviour while encouraging them to do so on a regular basis.

2) Take them along for the ride 
Dogs love car rides because it allows them to feel included and introduces them to new environments, smells, and sites. So, whether you’re running errands, picking up your kids from school, or going out for a quick drive, make sure that you bring your dog along for the ride. It’ll certainly help bring their mood up!

3) Give them fresh air and quality time
Take some time out of your busy schedule and spend time with your dog by going on daily walks. Walking with your dog allows your dog to stay intune with their environment, fulfill their natural survival instinct and need for adventure, and interact with other people and dogs.

Remember: dogs need just as much love and affection as we do!

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