Why is it so popular to own a dog
What do dogs like? 7 things to do to popularize yourself
Of course, dogs love it when they are kept in a species-appropriate manner, fed healthily and adequately employed - that should go without saying. But let's go into a little more detail: In the following you will find points with which you can make yourself particularly popular with your four-legged friend and sustainably strengthen the human-dog friendship. So what do dogs like?
1. Dogs like recognition
Dogs love recognition and reward when they have done something well. If your four-legged friend reacts well to an exercise and, for example, comes to you quickly when you call back, you should always praise him and reward him with pats, nice words and every now and then with a dog treat. Recognition is essential not only in dog training, but also in the everyday relationship between humans and dogs.
2. Dogs value rules
What do dogs like? Regulate? Yes! In fact, dogs need strict rules to be really comfortable. They find it good to obey the rules and be rewarded for it. It is also important to point out to your dog if he has done something wrong. Rules consolidate the hierarchy in your home - and dogs need a permanent place in this hierarchy (with you as the "lead wolf"). Important: You must be consistent with all rules and educational methods. Dogs do not like moods and volatility as well as vague rules at all, as it can confuse them and weaken the relationship with you as an "alpha dog". Be that tough "Alpha Dog".
3. Stroke your dog properly
Caresses are extremely important for your four-legged friend. Always pay attention to your dog's body language to see which touches they like and which they don't. When stroking it, it is best to always go at eye level or on your knees and do not touch your four-legged friend in the face if possible. Tip: Most dogs like to be petted at the base of their tails.
4. Challenge your dog
Every dog wants to be challenged, both mentally and physically. Joint activities, in which your dog can prove himself, are important for your four-legged friend, as they strengthen his self-confidence and are simply fun. Opportunities to look for challenges that are appropriate to the species and breed include, for example, dog sports, search games, nose work or learning tricks and commands.
5. Get your dog involved
Dogs are pack animals and, as mentioned above, need a permanent place in the pack. They love doing things with the whole family and being in company. Regardless of whether it is excursions, evenings together at home or a whole holiday with the dog - always treat and treat your four-legged friend as a full family member. The dog will thank you.
6. Let your dog be a dog
What do dogs like most? Right, respect! Respect your dog for what it is: a dog. Humanizations have no place in responsible dog ownership. For example, you shouldn't carry or pamper your dog for no reason. A dog loves to be himself and should always be able to develop as a dog. So give your woof the necessary freedom to behave like a dog, but without letting the rules and educational measures slide.
7. Talk to your dog
Even if your dog doesn't understand you, he'll love it when you talk to him. Your words show him that you are engaged with him and make him feel like they belong. Communication always also means: the other person is important.
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