The bond between a dog and its owner is quite unlike any other. Few species are so perfectly built for one another, and the individual relationships that form each have their little idiosyncrasies. Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or you’re joining the ranks of those who celebrate Valentines with the real love of their life, here are some ways to make the most of that relationship and show it some appreciation.
Get some snaps
Arranging photo shoots with those that we love best is a time-honored tradition, and more and more people are taking the time to arrange a really special shoot with their pooch. Professional photographers can ensure the quality of the photo that you’re glad to keep for all time, but dog photo specialists also have all the tricks and techniques to help keep your pup engaged and happy throughout the shoot. By the end, you should have a selection of snaps that perfectly capture the bond that has developed between the two of you.
Get them ready for the runway
We all like to individualize our look, somewhat, and with dogs, they can be quite happy with having their own unique garment to show off. However, it’s always important to make sure that whatever you intend for them to wear is quite comfortable. As used to collars as they are, upgrading to something like a leather bowtie collar can be just as easy to wear for them as their regular one. Other things like stylish coats to protect them from wear work just as well.
Learn to communicate with them
Dogs and humans communicate all the time. They come to understand quite a lot of words and gestures we use, just as it becomes easier to understand their body language and reactions to read their mood. However, strengthening that communication through effective dog training can make it feel like you’re all the closer to your dog still. Not only does it help teach you both some new, useful commands, but it also serves to build respect and to reinforce the pack. Your dog is quite happy with you being the pack leader, so taking a little direction can earn their love all the more.
Make a spa day
A pampered pooch is a happy one. Sure, some dogs might not love having their nails clipped or their coats trimmed while it’s going on, but the end result is a better-kept dog who’s much more comfortable as a result. Arranging a DIY spa day for your pup at home will leave them feeling refreshed and revitalized. From nail clipping to doggy massages, bath time to gently combing through their hair, taking care of them will naturally build that trust and love from pooch to owner.
Of course, the best way to celebrate your bond with your dog is to keep them as safe, as healthy, and as happy as you possibly can. They show us, unconditional love, all they ask is that we take good care of them.