How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend

Four Parts:Being attentive and observantHaving fun with your dogBeing considerate toward your dogKeeping your dog healthy and happy

If you're not as close to your dog as you would like, or your dog is new and you'd like to get started straight away on developing that bond, follow these steps and soon your best friend won't leave you alone!

Part 1
Being attentive and observant

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    Pay close attention to your dog. What does your dog like? When you know this, you can reward your dog using treats you know will be appreciated.
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    Learn your dog's moods and feelings. This requires being observant and learning what you can about your own dog's temperament. Learn how to read dog's body language but also learn what signals your own dog shares with you. This takes time and is an ongoing process. Remember that your dog is observing you and learning from you at all times.
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    Notice when your dog needs down time and give your dog space. This is especially important when he/she is tired. Dogs like to be around people, but make sure not to bother them when they're trying to rest. Every animal needs its recuperation time, including you.
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    Attend a brief dog training class. You might not be getting results that you want or expect because the dog is reading you differently.

Part 2
Having fun with your dog

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    Keep your dog entertained and happy. Playing games with him/her often helps to keep them busy. Most dogs like to play fetch or tug of war.
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    Keep all learning a fun experience. When you are training your dog, mix it with play! But don't leave him or her untrained and wild. Your dog will love you for training and knowing clear boundaries.

Part 3
Being considerate toward your dog

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    Give your dog some treats once in a while. Don't give them too much because it's unhealthy. Some good times to give your dog a treat is after a walk, a game, after it goes potty, and if it obeys your command.
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    Share the dog with all the other family members. Your dog will enjoy some time away from you too. Even though you may want to keep your dog to yourself, make sure to share him/her with your other friends and family members. Keep in mind that other people may want to be your dog's favorite too.
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    Keep temptations out of the way and be a responsible owner. You have major responsibilities as the wiser species of the two; fault lays with owners most times, for failing to do the right thing by the dog. Keep your dog away from dangers.
    • Keep your bedroom doors closed so your dog won't do something bad. Also make sure to keep things that you don't want to be chewed up out of their way. That way, you won't have to scold it.
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    • Keep poisonous plants, foods and objects away from your dog.
    • Play nicely with your dog. When you play with your dog make sure not to play, too aggressive and rough. That way, your dog and you will be safe.

Part 4
Keeping your dog healthy and happy

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    Walk your dog daily. Buy your dog a good, strong leash. Your dog will need plenty of exercise to keep healthy.
    • Take your dog out regularly for good long walks. Dogs loves to exercise. You'll have to figure the schedule that works for you, but walking them about 15 minutes after they eat is about when they need the exercise.
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    • Take your dog to the Dog Park. That way, your dog can bond and meet new friends. Your dog will also enjoy being outside and running free.
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    • Be a good owner and clean up after your dog. Carry plastic bags with you. The easiest way is to put your hand in the bag and pick it up and then draw the bag back over your hand leaving you clean and dry. Discard properly.
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    Keep your dog well groomed and looking good. Try to brush out the dog's fur at least once a week to prevent knotted, matted hair. Baths are important too. Make sure to give him a good scrub!
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    Feed your dog good quality food. Make sure your dog sees you putting food in its bowl. Food in bowl = best friend for life. Also, try getting the dog treats that clean teeth.
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    Buy good quality dog supplies. Items such as good dog shampoo, hair brushes etc.
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    Remember your responsibilities as a pet owner. Make sure to bring your pet to the vet.
    • Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations and worming. Good preventive medical care helps them live a longer happier life.
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    Never harm or hit your dog. Never make a motion that your about to hit him or her either.
    • Make sure you don't tease your dog either. Dogs don't enjoy being taken advantage of.
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    • A dog that fears you will probably lack trust in you for a long time.
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Tips

  • Be the leader and guide in your relationship with a dog. This can be done through training and innate sensitivity toward the dog's needs.
  • Remember dogs only need three things: Exercise, discipline and affection.
  • Always feed your dog personally. That way, your dog can be more attached to you.
  • Take your dog to obedience classes. That way, your dog will listen to you more.
  • When you bring your dog to the park, make sure to keep an eye out at your dog and keep close to it. After all, you wouldn't want to be responsible for a dog attack.

Warnings

  • If your dog is a guard dog, get to know it when it is young so it will feel safe around you.
  • If you catch your dog staring hard at another dog, be careful - he/she may be trying to dominate the other. Quickly lead your dog away.
  • Don't tease your dog. Some dogs with temperament problems may become hostile.
  • Don't always be right next to your dog. It pays to leave them alone for a while, including during sleep.
  • Never hit your dog cause it will be fearful of you or it may become more aggressive

Things You'll Need

  • A dog
  • Leash or harness
  • Treats
  • Crate large enough for the breed
  • Blanket especially for the smaller breeds
  • Healthy food

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