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7 Sure Ways to Make a Dog Love You

Updated by Sheryl on Oct 28, 2021

If you are a dog lover, you will surely agree with us. The most beautiful gift our pups can ever give us is their unconditional love and loyalty. Of course, it's hard not to fall in love with your pooch's big bright eyes accompanied by a wagging tail. But when a spontaneous and fun-loving ball of fuzz loves you, it's pure, it's wholehearted, it's just…… LOVE!

While bringing a new puppy home, many of us feel a bit anxious about how to make our dog love their new environment and us. Surely, it's not always the ideal scenario when a dog falls in love with you at first glance. But how to make a dog like you? Here we have a few simple, but sure-fire ways guarantee to help you build a stronger bond with your dog. Don't worry. We gotcha!

  • 7 Tips to make a dog love you
  • Wrapping Up

Before you follow any puppy pleasing or training strategies, it is important to understand that your dog builds its mental library of positive association with the people around him during the initial interactions. It's also the time when your dog learns how to act around you. So, whatever you do, be patient and let the pup interact with you through positive training sessions.

Let the dog warm up

No doubt it is really tempting to pick up a dog and give it a good belly rub; we suggest not to do that. It's better to let the puppy approach you. Take some clues and figure out whether the dog is ready to play. Make sure you don't make any sudden movements, as your puppy fever can startle the poor little pooch. Approach calmly and make sure the dog feels safe around you.

Spend quality time outside

No matter what breed you have. Dogs are not meant to be your couch buddies. They need their walks to stay healthy and active. If you feel locking them up in an apartment with lots of toys will help you build a stronger bond with your dog, you might be wrong!

Exploring the great outdoors through regular walks gives your dog an amazing opportunity to exercises its muscles. Not only that, but it also helps your pup to develop a bonding relationship with his fav-friend... that is you!

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Communicate with your fur baby

Before you try to understand how to make a dog like you, learn how to communicate with your pup.

Dogs don't understand our language, but they do understand our emotions and energy. They recognize our tone of voice and act accordingly. For example, an excited tone can be a supercharger which will increase your puppy's energy level and encourages the fellow to do what you want him to do. Likewise, a slow and steady voice can help you soothe an anxious puppy, while higher tones can make them scared of you.

Make them work for food

If you have a four-legged pal, you got to feed him. If you want your dog to love you, you have to put a little more effort into the feeding process. In the wild, dogs work hard for their meals. No, we are not suggesting you make your fluff balls go out and search for food, but you can make your dog perform tricks to earn their daily treats.

Teach your dog some tricks to stimulate their mental abilities and reward them with food. You can also hand-feed your puppy from time to time. Not only does it develop a bonding relationship between you, but it will also help overcome food aggression.

Offer some delicious treats

Also, whipping some delicious treats out would make your puppy fall in love with you. Most canines are food motivated. Offering your dog some delicious treats every once in a while is a great way to build a stronger bond with your dog. Just remember, by treats, we don't mean biscuits, doughnuts, marshmallows, or chocolates. Dog treats mean healthy treats that shouldn't be more than 20% of your canine's everyday diet.

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Let them be on your bed

Yes, letting your dog sleep or not sleep on your bed is a really controversial topic for dog owners. Let's not discuss its pros and cons, but here is the thing, dogs love it! 

Dogs consider their humans as their pack, and pack animals don't let any member sleep independently. So, it makes sense that your fido would want to pile up with you during the nighttime.

Sleeping with your fluffy fella will not only help you improve your relationship with your dog, but it has some health advantages too.

  • Having a pooch nearby at night makes us feel safer and secure.
  • Dogs act as stress relievers. Their presence reduces our anxiety level, which is the main cause of insomnia.
  • Having a calm and loving pet next to you improve your mental health and brings comfort.
  • Studies show that pet-owners are likely to live longer. (No kidding!)

Of course, you can also prepare a separate, warm, and furry sofa for them, they will also feel happy.

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Take your fido on vacations

How does it feel when you are left out of an activity? Pretty bad, right? Well, pets feel the same. The key to having a good relationship with your dog is to include your furry best friend in different activities, including vacations. Sure, it's not fun to clean the pee from the back seat. But planning ahead can make your trip as stress-free as possible. Also, nowadays, tons of dog-friendly vacations are available for you to choose from. Just pick a reliable service and don't forget to enjoy it.

Before planning a trip with your dog, do remember a few details.

  • Don't leave your fido alone in the car for long durations.
  • If you have to step away for a while, make sure your window is cracked.
  • Don't leave the dog behind in extreme temperatures.

Not sure how to prepare for a solo trip with your dog? Well, this "Dog-Friendly Road Trip Guide" has everything you want to know!

Getting your dog to love and respect you takes some time and patience, but it's so worth it. The whole experience is about being someone reliable and trustworthy for the dog. It's about being someone your dog can count on to be there in the hour of need and to be there when the dog needs guidance. And above all, it's about persistency, being fun, and being the "ONE" your pooch wants to be with.

Sheryl is an editor from iPetor, owns extensive pet care experience. As a professional writer, she can provide useful pet care tips for all "parents".
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