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Can you find 10 ways to show your dog how much you love him?
If your’re reading this is because you own a dog or two or have owned one in the past. You have no doubts your dog loves you. He shows it with his happy tail wagging at you all the time, he shows with his eyes, smiling at you. He wants to be close by and his companion brings a type of peace and belonging that only you understand.
So, we spoil them back, look after their needs, do our best to provide a good and fun life for them, but do we truly understand what makes them happy?
For the most part we probably do. The intimacy that we develop with our furry friends, sharing our lives with them is normally intense and pleasantly full-filling. We learn their preferences and idiosyncrasies and life is good!
Having our dogs’ love every day is priceless. They do love us back deeply too! Look at this Scientific Proof Your Dog Loves You With All Their Heart And Nose! It is an adorable study that will melt your heart.
Why Dogs and Humans Love each Other More than Anyone Else
The earliest remains of humans and dogs deep relationship date to 14,000 years ago, according to this TIME article but there are some unconfirmed finds that are said to be more than twice as old.
Facts about Humans and Dogs Love
- Today, at least in areas populated by humans, dogs are the planet’s most abundant terrestrial carnivore. There are about 900 million of them worldwide, almost 80 million living in the U.S. alone.
- The average American dog owner spends more than $2,000 a year on food, toys, medical care and extras
- Some people would be prepared to spend much more than that and they actually do
- When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, so many people refused to evacuate without their dogs that Congress passed a law requiring disaster preparedness plans to make accommodations for pets.
- Cruise lines are starting to offer accommodation for pets in some of their cruising options, hotels have been doing for a long time already
“Love rarely touches the reasoning parts of the brain. It touches the dreamy parts, the devoted parts—it touches the parts we sometimes call the heart. For many thousands of years, it’s there that our dogs have lived.” – Jeffrey Kluger
How Far Would You Go For Your Dog
The website Abodo conducted a survey of 2,000 dogs and cats owners and asked them all kinds of unsual questions. The following results show how crazy some Humans can go on their love for their pets.
1- 63% would choose their pet over their significant other
2- 89% would chose a pet over a family member in a fire
3- 88% would sell a position to pay for Pat surgery instead of letting bad day
4- 85% would starve for a day so Pat can eat
5- 78% would give up favourite food if it meant that would live live forever
6- 63% would choose a pet over their significant other
7- 58% would keep their pet and live in a shack over giving up their pet for a dream home
8- 58% would keep the pet even if it’s offered a blank check for
9- 54% would give up the Internet forever to get there pet
As you can see, some people can go to extremes for their pets. The reality is that the relationship you have with your dog fills an emotional role of unconditional love that many of us had never experimented.
Psychologist Brian Hare of Harvard has studied the human-animal bond and found out that “dogs are astonishingly skilled at reading humans’ patterns of social behavior”, especially behaviors related to food and care. They figure out our moods and what makes us happy, what moves us. Then they act accordingly, and we tell ourselves that they’re crazy about us!
Regardless what studies show, owning a dog makes people more sensitive to nature in general and pet owners are normally better at showing emotions, caring for other people and pets and sometimes even more connected with their own feelings.
Over the years, owning several dogs has been a big part of our life. So much so that from owning one dog, we “upgraded” and now own 3 dogs! Humans are the minority in our house now and a big part of our days is interacting with them, playing, spoiling and showing them how much we love them.
Here is our list of things that we do for them, with them and for them. We’re pretty sure that they understand our love and I must say that they give it all back to us!
10 Things to Do to Show Your Dog How Much you Love Him
1- Take your dog for walks his way. Don’t try to combine your jogging or walking exercise with “his” walk, all the time.
Of course your dog benefits from accompanying your jogging, he needs the exercise too, but this type of walk is not the most fun for him. Dogs favourite walks are all about seeing the world with their noses.
They need the time to sniff around, check smells out until their hearts are content! They can remember every smell they encounter forever and love to discover new ones. Their perfect walks would be stopping as often as they want to sniff around. Let them explore! The dog’s nose is the most important radar for the way he senses the world. Take the time and make it their walk!
2- Cook some home-made meals for him!
Pick his preferred protein (yeah, this is serious spoiling) and cook a big batch that can be added every day to his kibble. Imagine if you had to eat the same food every day? As an added benefit, the food will be super healthy and nutritious. Check out an easy recipe for the best dog food here. It is a big success with our dogs and freezes very well.
3- Find balance between obedience and your need to control your dog.
This topic can be controversial and this is only one opinion. I see many people extremely bossy with their dogs, proud to show off how much their dogs obey and are under their control. Obedience is an important part of the dog/human relationship but it should not be only about their owners ego.
Any dog will happily listen to your rules over time, they are very intelligent animals and can follow commands very easily. After they mature, the amount of language interactions you can have with your dog is huge. It will come overtime, there are lots of dog training tips to help replacing harsh commands with simple and firm consistency. Balance, as always, is the best solution for you and your dog to enjoy every moment you spend together.
4- Make your dog’s life interesting every day!
Dogs love rituals and routines and having them well established pleases them immensely. Set routines around their favourites spots to sleep, which you’re probably already doing! Add many other ones, tuck him in for an afternoon nap by the front door. Does he like to be on the sofa with you? A nice blanket that belongs to him will make it cozy and inviting. And remember, you don’t have to mess the whole house with doggy things.
5- Let your dog interact with other dogs!
Even if you take your dog for walks several times a day, nothing replaces the unique fun that he has interacting with other dogs. It is a play time, a pack bonding activity that relates to his most ancient instincts, which is being part of a pack of dogs.
There are so many dog parks around, fenced and safe, where your dog will have a blast. Some people argue that exposing their dogs to other dogs might be a problem since we never know how healthy they are. However I find that 99% of dogs in these parks are very well looked after.
Just talking to the owners you will confirm this. Im most cases, people who take the time to provide this fun for their dogs, are dog lovers that would never let their dogs go without the proper vaccinations.
6- Clearly understand your dog’s breed and its needs!
It is very fashionable now to “buy” your favourite breed of dog, choosing colour, size, etc. I am a big advocate for adopting dogs but I do also understand how much pleasure it is to own the breed of dog you most admire.
We have one rescued, Turbo and one pure breed, Stella which we got because we learned to love the husky side of Turbo so much. However, when you do this, make sure to understand the breed and its specific needs. How much exercise they need every day and if you’re able to provide it, for example. Or if they need to be brushed or taken for grooming.
There are so many details that we tend to forget when making the decision to bring a puppy home. They do need more than we can imagine, it is a life time commitment. You never know what kind of care your dog might need and you have to be prepared to devote time, money and other resources on him.
7-Trim his nails frequently! Grooming makes him happy! Invest on prevention too!
Their teeth need to be clean and the nails have to be short! I can’t state these two requirements often enough. It is so simple but I see so many well treated dogs, whose owners neglect doing these 2 simple tasks. Dog’s nails were designed to protect their paws and would naturally be trimmed if the dogs were running loose in the wilderness. However we keep them inside and unless you walk your dogs a lot, the nails will need to be trimmed.
Dogs are not comfortable walking and moving around when their nails are too long. If you had trained them since they were puppies, it is easy to do yourself. There are a lot of good quality clippers that require just a bit of practice, like this one. Unfortunately our huskies (which are famous for hating to have their paws touched) need to be taken once a month for the nail trim.
Don’t forget to add a good and long brush session to your dog’s spa day! Like us, they grow older and might develop different health issues. Every breed has a different area that requires more attention. For example German Shepherds are famous for hip Dysplasia, Bulldogs can develop respiratory diseases, Pugs might have eye problems, etc. Be prepared with some breed related prevention measures.
Related: Is a Husky the Dog for You?
8- Keep his teeth clean, prevent future costs and pain and at the same time have fun with him!
It is so easy to keep their teeth cleaned! Again many people don’t want to bother giving them bones for several different reasons, but if you do so, not only are you pleasing your dog, but taking care of his teeth at the same time. There are lots of options, the most natural and organic are the best. We give them bone marrows and some other treats that can clean their teeth, that are hard and work as a tooth-brush.
9- Interact, interact, interact! Touch, play, spoil, kiss, hug, cuddle!
They love you! They love the sound of your voice, your smell, your body movements, all about you, unconditionally! They can tell when you’re stressed or happy. If you’re happy, they’re happy! It doesn’t get any better than this in life! Even our dear family members can’t give us that much love all the time!
A very nice way to interact with is to use the Furbo Camera. It is not only great to interact with your dog when you’re away but is very convenient to check on them. We have lots of fun watching the live action, seeing what they’re doing. You can talk to them and they learn very fast to communicate with the camera (you) and the treats. It is also a pretty device that won’t conflict with your home design.
10- Set up a nice “den” for your dog!
It is different from his napping spots. It is “his den”, that protected spot that only belongs to him, in his favourite corner, where he takes some of his toys and bones, the treasures he collects all over the house and where nobody disturbs him. A comfy bed or pillow or an old rug, but who am I kidding here? It might very well be your sofa or your favourite chair!