How to Bond with your Dog
Bonding with your dog is a great feeling. It isn't only an amazing relationship, but bonding to your dog also benefits your health and well being. Bonding is important for both you and your dog because both of you will live a happier and healthier life. Bonds can develop naturally through your life with your dog as you two interact and live together. Dogs tend to bond with those that give them quality attention and affection. Dogs bond to those that give them stuff they enjoy and love, good quality food, scratches and strokes, games and toys.
Is my dog bonded with me? How do I know? Do you ever wonder if you and your dog are truly bonded? What does it mean to be bonded?
Here are some signs that your dog is bonded to you:
- Your dog will check in with you when off leash and in different environments. Your dog will be exploring and at a distance from you, but never too far away. Your dog will return to you during off leash walks and adventures just to check in.
- Your dog will have a strong recall. This means that your dog will quickly come when you call.
- Your dog will not dash out the door r and attempt to run down the street or to the neighbors. Your dog will also wait in the car until you say it is time to come out. Your dog will not try to escape.
- Your dog will place themselves in your personal space. For example, they may rest their head on your lap or on your foot.
- Your dog will make eye contact with you. Your dog will look at you in the eyes. Your dog may look at you for guidance in an unsure situation or when they are frightened. Your dog will make eye contact to imitate play or to try and communicate something to you.
- Your dog will miss you when you are gone and will show this by being excited and happy when you return. They will show you this by doing a happy dance, zooming around, wagging their tail,