Have you ever read the book ‘The Five Love Languages’? If you have, you’ll know why it’s been on the New York Times Best Seller list since 2009. The book proposes that everyone has a particularly preferred method of communication, giving and receiving affection and that relationships are enhanced when we understand each other’s style. While this book has improved many human lives, have you ever considered how the lessons could be applied to our furry friends?
No two dogs are the same. Some are quiet and value their alone time, and others crave attention seemingly all the time. Each dog has a different method to show their love for their owner, just as you have your unique approach to caring for them. Some owners are militant and demanding, while others are carefree and relaxed. Which one is best for your pet? Let’s take a look at the five languages and see which one resonates most with your pup when it comes to training and their general wellbeing.
Some dogs love licking the face of a new human! While many may think this is ‘gross’, it’s merely how that pooch conveys their excitement. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to get in the face of your dog. However, it does indicate that your dog may enjoy a belly rub and close-quarter affection more than others. If you find your dog often rolling over for a massage or cuddling up to you when you sit down on the lounge, they probably appreciate the language of physical affection. When training your dog, a quick pat or hug can go a long way to reinforce good behaviours.
Words of Affirmation
Treats aren’t the only way to reward your proud pup. Some dogs resonate with positive praise and gushing admiration more than anything else. Does your furry friend get overly excited over the phrase “Who’s a goooood boy?” If they do, words of affirmation might be for them! This (literal) language is one of the most natural methods to implement, given how effortless it can be to say great things about our canine bundles of joy. Similarly, negative ‘I’m disappointed’ phrases may be extra effective in teaching your pet when they’ve done something wrong.
Acts of Service
I’m sure we all know someone who loves having things done for them - perhaps a spoilt teenager? Most dogs appreciate what we do for them. Taking them for a walk, brushing their coat, going to the dog park or taking them for a drive means a lot to them and they’ll sure let you know about it!
“Daily walks are great for you and your fit furry friend’s health and wellbeing”
If your dog is over the moon whenever you do something for them, think about how you can implement more of this into your daily routine. Daily walks are great for you and your fit furry friend’s health. Get in the habit of taking your dog out whenever and as often as you’re able. This routine is a great way to improve your relationship with your pet, stay healthy and be the best dog owner you can be.
A select group of dogs will just adore spending as much time as possible with you, no matter what you’re doing. If you’re working from home, they’re napping next to you. If you head outside for any reason, they’re begging to come. While there can be a fine line between separation anxiety and genuine companionship, nurturing quality time with your pet can go a long way to grow your special bond. Without overdoing it, try to include them in everything you and the rest of the family get up to.
Every dog enjoys a tasty treat as a reward or toy to keep them entertained. However, some will be more excitable than others! While it can be tempting always to buy your spoilt pooch something new, it’s probably not sustainable or efficient. Consider purchases that are investments. Rotate long-lasting old toys to make them seem new each time. Kill two birds with one stone by surprising your dog with an electronic remote dog training collar (e-collar). They’re a very effective and safe option to reinforce your dog’s learnt skills while out and about or at home. Remote dog training collars use a remote to provide mild stimuli, such as a high-pitched sound, vibration or mild-static to discourage unwanted behaviour and reinforce commands while off-leash.
You can switch your dog’s remote training collar on when you head out to spend quality time outdoors, or to minimise their excessive barking while you’re out buying them a gift. Over time, your dog will learn what you expect from them and the behaviour you find acceptable as their owner. The greater understanding you have of one another increases the chances of a happy and well-behaved pup.
Which love language does your dog fit the most?
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