How to Tell Your Dog You Love Them

There are few things purer than the love between dog and pet parent. Our canine companions make us smile every single day with their unique personalities, and for us, it’s only too clear when they’re displaying affection. Wagging tails, excited body language and friendly licks are all ways our dogs show they love us. But how can we make it clear that we love them in return? In this blog, we’ll explore 7 of the best ways to tell your dog you love them, in a language they understand.

Rub Your Dog’s Ears

We all love to spend time petting our pups, but did you know the ears are one of the best places to focus on? A dog’s ears contain a whole network of nerve endings. If you activate them by gently rubbing them, it sends messages to the brain that relax your dog and release endorphins (the happiness hormones). They’ll be feeling happy, relaxed and very loved indeed!

Make Eye Contact

The simple act of gazing into your dog’s eyes can release oxytocin for both you and your dog. Oxytocin is an important hormone for creating bonds, and is associated with positive emotions such as trust, love and affection.

It’s important to note that not all dogs will enjoy making eye contact – nervous or distrustful dogs can perceive prolonged eye contact as a threat. In general though, confident dogs who are well-bonded with their owners love to gaze into your eyes, and with a little help from oxytocin, your bond will be strengthened even further.

Bake Something Special

We all know that the way to a dog’s heart is through their stomach! Most dogs will appreciate a tasty treat more than anything else you could give them (except perhaps walkies!). To go that extra mile, a homemade treat like dog-friendly ice cream or freshly baked dog biscuits are a great way to show your dog just how much you love them. Find a range of tasty dog-friendly recipes here.

Talk to Them Using Dog-Speak

Dog-speak is a particular way of talking to our pups, similar to the way we often talk to young children. It’s that high-pitched, exaggerated register, often described as baby talk.

Research has shown that speaking to our dogs in this way encourages engagement and may strengthen bonds between us and our pups. So, make sure you tell your dog that they’re a good boy or girl, and don’t be afraid to say it in a babyish voice – to your dog, it means the world!

Throw a Puppy Party

If your dog is a sociable sort, hosting a playdate with a few friends and their dogs could be great fun! Make sure all the dogs invited get on well with each other, and that they have plenty of space to run about in. Your dog will be thrilled to have a party thrown just for them with lots of friends to play with!

Treasure Hunt

Organise a fun scavenger hunt for your dog, using a few tasty treats or some of their favourite toys! Games like this are not only great fun for your dog who will be delighted with their discoveries, but they also provide great mental stimulation, which is important for their overall wellbeing.

Simply hide your ‘treasure’ throughout the home, in the corners of rooms and under chairs for example. You can vary the difficulty to keep your pup on their toes. Then encourage your dog to sniff them out!

Spend Time Together

This may seem like an obvious one, but we don’t just mean quality time. Even just allowing your dog to be in the same room with you while you’re working or carrying out house chores will let them know that you haven’t forgotten them, and you still have time for them even when you’re busy. Even a little bit of interaction goes a long way for dogs, and will make it clear you love them.

Of course, quality time spent cuddling up together in the evenings or on walks is also really important – make sure you make plenty of time for this too!

Wrapping Up

It’s easy to show your dog you love them, and there’s no need for grand gestures – with our pups, it’s the little things that go a long way. From a loving ear rub to playing games together, a dog’s love language is built around very simple things.

For some great ideas for how to make your cat feel extra loved and special, take a look at our blog, ‘How to Pamper Your Cat’.

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