We can say that our pets are full members of our family. We also notice that this connection, creates positive changes. We are more often at our vet’s to prevent diseases because we want to keep them with us as long as possible. As a result, our educational methods are closer to a more positive and scientific vision. Here are my tips to strengthen our relationship of trust with our best canine friends!
Since it is impossible to communicate verbally with our dog as we would with another person, it is essential to learn and understand his non-verbal language. You understand the many facial expressions when he asks you to pet him, take him for a walk or even when you know without a doubt that he would like to eat the crust of your sandwich. Our dogs are very good at reading us and interacting with us.
It is even more important to learn to recognize the signs when he is uncomfortable and listen to them. Your dog’s body is talking about everything, not just an item. For example, if your dog wags his tail, he does not necessarily mean he is happy. You must always observe the whole body. (eyes, head, fur, mouth, tail, ears, etc.)
Good emotions at the right places!
Yes, our dogs feel and experience different emotions every day! Our role is to make sure they are mostly positive! It is certain that your dog may be afraid or fear one or two different situations such as thunderstorms or car trips, but your role is to understand and support him.
Like humans, dogs cannot always overcome their fears. So, your dog has to rely on you to scratch his ear in order to make the moment go faster or encourage him with your favorite words, without ever lying to him saying that it’s over when it’s clearly not the case.
The mutual respect
There is nothing to “break” in your dog. On the contrary, everything must be built. Respect must begin with you, because, as we say, you are the human endowed with an incomparable intelligence! Your dog will be happier and I swear, you will be too.
Let’s be constant, clear and calm!
Let’s be serious, your dog does not need a hierarchy or a leader! Your dog does not need aggressive restrictions, but simply clear rules and consistency from you. Also, keep in mind that no one but you should dictate the rules, they are only your decision. Your caretaker role is to create balance and that depends on your dog’s needs. As there is no identical dog, your calm is essential to find the balance.
Finally, remember that building a relationship takes a lot of time and energy. However, this relationship can break very quickly if you have a different point of view of a relationship of trust. Knowing that your dog can easily share 10 years of your life, I believe the investment will allow you many unforgettable memories.