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11 Ways to Strengthen Your Bond With Your Dog

Dogs are one of the best friends you will ever have, but that doesn’t mean your relationship doesn’t take work. Building a bond with a dog can actually be quite challenging, especially if your best friend has a past life that wasn’t very nice. Here are 11 ways you can strengthen your bond with your dog – whether you just adopted him or you have owned him for 8 years.

#1 – Train Together

Positive reinforcement training is all about strengthening the bond between you and your dog. Your dog will come to see you as “the giver of all good things” and working together to solve problems will make you stronger together.

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Image source: @airwaves1 via Flickr

#2 – Have Quiet Time Together

This may sound strange, but when was the last time you really just sat with your dog and focused on him? Petting him in his favorite spots, telling him your secrets? No TV, no smartphone – just you and him? Trust us, your dog notices and appreciates a little “you and him” time.

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Image source: @evanrudemi via Flickr

#3 – Compete Together

If you have a competitive spirit, allow your dog to be a part of that by competing with her. There is a sport for anyone nowadays – from canine freestyle (dog dancing) to agility and everything in between. Sharing the struggles and triumphs will bring you closer together.

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Image source: @VirtKitty via Flickr

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