Top Ways to Tell Your Furry Friend You Love Them

Having a pet dog is something that cannot be described in words.  Not only do these furry creatures bring joy into our lives, but they also reduce stress and loneliness.

If you know what we are trying to say, you will surely want your dog to know how much you love him. While this may sound a bit tricky, it really isn’t.

Just like your best bud has numerous ways of telling you that he trusts and loves you, you can reciprocate those feelings to him them feel safe and loved too!

This is why we have prepared a list of the top 8 ways to show your dog you love him. Go through the list and add whatever is missing into your routine so that your dogs know that they mean the world to you!

1.    The Gaze

Yes, we all love those puppy eyes, don’t we? Even though we tend to say this a lot, it is just as heartwarming as it sounds in literal teams. Well, guess what, reciprocating your feelings is just as easy as it is to get that kind of love from your pup. A loving gaze always works well to show your true emotions to your pet.

The reason behind this is the fact that dogs communicate most of their emotions through their eyes. Hence, it is easier for them to understand the language of love when communicated through a gaze. However, one thing you may want to keep in mind here is that this is only for a dog that has been with you for long enough to recognize the gaze. Otherwise and especially if not practiced with caution, it can make dogs feel threatened as well, and that is the last thing you would want for your furry friend.

2.    Communicate

While eyes are a powerful tool in expressing your feelings, communicating or simply talking to your dog can also be quite helpful. If someone thinks you are crazy for carrying on with this one-way communication, let them think that way. They will understand this once they have pets of their own.

Additionally, it has been proven that animals respond to sounds. This is why if you follow a pattern in your speech or use several dog vocabulary words, it will be better because your dog will start responding to it this way, and will know when you are happy and feel proud of them!

3.    Read

Several studies have shown that reading to dogs can make them feel calm and at ease. It may vary for different breeds so you can try this out and see if it works for your dog or not. However, the reason why this helps in showing love is that it means you care for them and their well-being. After all, going the extra mile is not just a way of showing love for humans, animals are also receptive of such emotions, even more so than humans in some cases!

4.    Lean

You may have felt that your dog doesn’t like it when you hug him. While hugging is a strong symbol of love for us, it can make dogs feel anxious, which is not a good sign. However, everything has an alternative and so does hugging. What a hug feels to us, the act of leaning does to dogs.

Just like how your pet would come and lean on you when he feels the need to, you can do the same to show your affection to him and see how responsive he is. This will also help you in feeling less sad about the fact that your dog is not a hugger.

5.    Sleep

We understand that you might have reservations to have your dog sleep with you in bed at night. However, you can always find other ways of doing this because beware, dogs love it! Just like most of us humans, they love taking naps and cuddling and you initiating it would make them feel loved.

Even if bedtime is not possible, take little naps with them on your couch or just snuggle with them while watching a movie. This way of telling how much you love them works best with most dogs, so make sure you give them the attention they rightfully deserve!

6.    Ear Touch

Just like hugging, dogs are not a huge fan of kissing. However, for many dogs, the back of their ears works as a great receptor and releases endorphins when you touch it. So, instead of kissing your furry friend, you can just rub his ears to activate his endorphins.

7.    Routine

Following a routine is an effective way of saying that you care about your dog. A walk at the park or playing the games your dog loves or even making them learn new sports will show him that your life has a part which is reserved for them.

8.    Facial Expressions

Last but not least, you can use your facial expressions to communicate with your pet. The reason why we humans get so attached to our dogs or any pet for that matter is that we feel that they understand us. Well, if they can understand you and your moods, so can you!

Your facial expressions, including your smile or even greeting them with a raised eyebrow (especially the left one) show them how you feel. You would already know this if you are a dog owner that our friends are great at reading human emotions. Hence, all you need to do is not hide it from them so that they know their importance in your life!

by Maria A Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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