Your new puppy is not just a pet. He or she has the chance to become a long term companion in your life. Like any friendship, it takes a little work to maintain, but as long as you give your new best friend attention and affection, they will appreciate you as much as you appreciate them. You must stay a consistently strong leader.
Your dog understands your actions much better than your words. The energy you give off around your puppy will greatly affect your relationship. Dog’s are visual creatures and will pay attention to how you respond to them even if you don’t say anything.
Always make time to play with your dog. Playing your dog’s favorite game is the equivalent of having a great conversation with them.
Like with any relationship with a person, if you take the time to truly understand where they’re coming from, your dog will truly appreciate you. It is a great idea to understand your puppy as a canine. If you learn about dog behavior, you can interpret their reactions to your actions. You can then learn exactly what they like and don’t like, and what they want and don’t want.
Once you know what they like, give it to them! As long as what they want doesn’t involve unwanted behavior, being generous shows them that you are a compassionate and benevolent leader, and that you truly care about them.
Regular physical contact with your puppy is also very good for your long-term relationship. Scientific studies have shown that there are measurables reductions in a dog’s heart rate and stress hormones when they get pet and groomed regularly. If you are the cause of these physiological changes, they will notice.