There are over 89 million dogs in the United States. So, if you’re the owner of one or several rescue dogs, showing your pooch that you love them can help you form an unbreakable bond like no other. Many rescue dogs haven’t had the best start in life, meaning it’s your job to provide love, care, and support for them.
Whether it’s exercising together or teaching new skills, here are five ways to show your rescue dog you love them.
One of the best ways to strengthen your bond with your rescue dog is by exercising together. Whether you do this by taking your pooch out for a walk, playing fun games, spending quality time with your dog, and performing physical activity can have numerous health benefits for both of you. Regular exercise can lower your blood pressure, strengthen your heart, increase energy levels, and lower your depression risk. For your dog, regular exercise can strengthen bones, build muscle, and boost their digestive system.
Show physical affection
Many dog owners love nothing more than to curl up on the couch with their best friend. Physical interaction is a great way to show your dog you care. Many dogs prefer to be petted on their shoulders, chest, and bottom of their neck. If you want to give your pooch a belly rub, make sure that you avoid their paws and legs.
Give your rescue dog treats
Many dog owners instinctively grab for the bag of treats when they want to tell their dog that they have done well or to show their love and affection. If your rescue dog has come from a bad home, you may be more prone to hand out treats. When given the puppy dog eyes, try not to give in to temptation too much. There are treats that you can buy yourself like these I <3 My Rescue socks that will further show your love for your dog.
Groom your rescue dog
Just like you would with your own appearance, keeping your rescue dog looking and feeling its best is key for strengthening your bond. Ensuring that they’re well-groomed will improve your dog’s hygiene, smell, and serve as a good opportunity to check and treat fleas. When you brush their fur, make a fuss of them, and give plenty of strokes, scratches behind the ear, and belly rubs. If you have recently rescued a dog, they may feel nervous and agitated. So, make sure you understand their limits and take things slow when grooming.
Teach your rescue dog new skills
When you bring a rescue dog into your home, they need to adhere to your rules and follow your commands. Whether it’s learning how to sit, stay, or lay down, there are lots of skills that you can teach your canine friend. Investing your time in your rescue dog is a fantastic way to show how much you love them. Teaching your dog new skills will keep their mind sharp and encourage physical activity.
Enjoy your rescue dog
While dogs do not have the same range of emotions as we do, they are more than capable of showing love to their owner. All the advice above can help you form a strong connection with your rescue dog and create long-lasting memories with man’s best friend.