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How to Bond with Your Dog

Paul Thrasher  |  Apr 30th 2010


Bonding is communication. The more you can effectively communicate with your dog in its language the stronger your bond. Your dog is studying you relentlessly and communicates to you with its body, face and movements. Talk to our dogs with your face, eyes, posture and movements and without words. Most importantly, don’t make it a one-way communication! In other words, don’t always instigate the “conversation” and or be asking the dog to do something. If you want to strengthen the bond respond to your dog too. Your dog initiates conversations with you all the time, don’t ignore it or stifle it, learn to recognize it and respond to it. Let your dog instigate activities. Most often a dog will do this with body language. Acknowledge that your dog is talking to you and do what he’s asking. You will be demonstrating to your dog that you understand what it’s “saying” and take action. Do that and your dog will talk more and be more closely bonded to you because you will not only be sharing a common language but it will be TWO-way, that is the key. You want to train your dog to follow your face and eye movements and respond to them then you need to do the same with him. You don’t want a dog that is just waiting around for you to initiate everything all the time. You want a really strong bond? When your dog “asks” you something, respond physically not verbally (if you want to add a few words fine but don’t just sit there and talk) but do something. Pretty soon you will have an ever expanding language with your dog.