Do you show your dog appreciation? Dogs are not only dependent on their humans, they crave their love and attention. The thing they cherish most is time spent with their humans. So how can you show appreciation? Well, let us tell you some of our favorite ways of being recognized.
7 Ways To Show Your Dog Appreciation
1. Morning Snuggles
Not every pup wants to get up in the morning. Mom is an early morning person, so we too have to get out of bed early. Before getting up, Mom always takes a few minutes to cuddle and snuggle with us, talk to us, and then she gets up and gets going. It is a wonderful way for her and for us to start our day with some loving.
2. Go For A Walk Together
What dog doesn’t want to go for a walk? We go for two walks a day, with the long walk in the morning. Walking is a wonderful way to make your dog happy, and for you and your dog to bond. Do yourself and your pup a favor and leave the ear buds home, and turn your phone off so you can focus 100% on your pup. When you are back home you will both feel so much better!
3. Feed Her Healthy Food
Showing love through good food is important. Your pup doesn’t understand nutrition, but she will definitely know the difference in taste between cheap, bad food, and good wholesome food. Spend a bit more on good food to keep her healthy and happy, she will love you for it.
4. Find A Hobby With Your Pup
All your dog really wants from you is to spend time with you, so find some activities you can do together. We all love our dog sports and they all include Mom. You can do them just for fun, or for competition. Either way, you and your dog will learn more about each other, and have such a good time.
5. Let Her Know When You Are Leaving
If you are leaving her home alone for a while, tell her you are leaving. Tell her when you will be back and what you will be doing. She won’t understand what you say, but dogs love to hear from their humans. Studies have shown that the more you talk to a dog, the more they pick out, and learn various words and phrases. Remember, she will be there waiting for you to return whether you are gone for ten minutes or ten hours.
6. Greet Her When You Return
Most pups are ecstatic when their humans return home even if it was only a brief amount of time. Show your dog some excitement when they greet you. Perhaps they bring their favorite toy, or jump up and give you hugs like you were gone for years. Don’t brush them aside, share in their joy. You are all they have, and they love you so.
7. Always Kiss Her Goodnight
Show your dog appreciation at the end of the day, just as you did at the beginning. Tuck her into bed with you, or in her own bed or crate. Snuggle a bit if she likes snuggling. Tell her how good she is, and how much you love her. We all hop into bed and wait for Mom to come over and brush our teeth, then she turns off the light, gives us each kisses, and we fall asleep. Dogs love routines, and that is our bedtime routine.
Life is short. For dogs, life is far too short, but none of us have any guarantees on how many years we have. Make the best of each day, and show your dog appreciation for all the love and joy they bring you. One of our favorite quotes is:
“Yesterday is History. Tomorrow is a Mystery. Today is a gift, that is why it’s called the Present.”
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