Bond with Your Dog in Just 10 Minutes per Day!
You can bond with your dog in just 10 minutes per day. It’s easy.
I know that most of my readers would like to have better relationships with their dogs. Most of you probably have good relationships already, but they can always improve. Let me explain to you how just 10 minutes each day will really make a grrrreat difference.
Dogs always love their peeps but we function better all around when we know for sure that our peeps love us as well. We are a lot like human children. We need our peeps to spend time with us in order for us to feel 100% secure. After all, dogs have emotional lives, too.
Ten minutes each day is not a lot, but it can make a huge positive difference to your dog. But it is important to maximize this time.
To bond with your dog, this is all you need to do:
- During the 10 minutes, commit to your dog. Do not play with your phone or watch TV. In fact, you should turn off the TV and put your devices away. Don’t answer the phone. Focus on the dog only. Dogs are smart and they love it when you are paying attention to only them.
- Talk to your dog and announce something like “this is our time!” or “Play time for dogs!” Find a phrase that suits you and your dog and stick to it. Repeat this phrase numerous times during your ten minutes and use it every day. Soon your dog will understand the phrase and will associate it with this wonderful part of the day. Talk to him (or her) in a friendly voice. Most dogs hear very well so there is no need to shout, just make sure that you repeat your chosen phrase often.
- Never use this chosen phrase outside of your 10 minutes special time. Otherwise, the dog may become confused and it will take longer for her (or him) to learn exactly what the words mean.
- Choose two or three activities that you know your dog will enjoy. Personally, I like to play squeaky toy. I also like to show off how I can “sit”. I don’t know a lot of traditional dog tricks (I’m the independent type) but I like it when my peep tries to teach me, especially with dog treats. I suggest two or three activities because we dogs have short attention spans and we want this 10 minutes to be fun.
- Don’t use this time to let your dog eat a meal. Giving a dog treat or two is OK but if he (or she) is eating, the dog won’t be focusing on you. It’s important that you concentrate on one another during this time because bonding is taking place.
- Similarly, you should not take your dog out for a walk during this 10 minutes. This is because whenever we are out walking, we are more interested in the neighborhood smells and in doing our business than anything else. The 10 minutes has to be free of distractions.
- the 10 minutes doesn’t always have to be running around playing. If possible, some of it should be, but cuddling is also good.
My Own 10 Minutes
My peep tries her best to give me 10 minutes of bonding time every day. Other than squeaky toy and tricks, which I already mentioned, here are some of the activities we both enjoy:
- Belly rubs – she rubs my belly; I don’t rub hers.
- Photo shoots – she takes photos of me while I pose in different places inside the house.
- She carries me around and tells me how I am the best dog ever and that she loves me.
- We play with a tennis ball. No throwing it in the house but we can roll it.
To bond with your dog, pretty much anything goes. Just do whatever works best for you and your own best friend.
By following my easy steps you will definitely bond with your dog in just 10 minutes per day. I guarantee it!
Well that’s all for now. You can always contact me if you have a question about this post or anything about dogs. Woof!
Love & Squeaky Toys,
Louis the Blogging Dog