Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and canine companions. Dogs are eternally overflowing with for their people. Even though they can’t say the words - we know they us and they tell us every day in their own ways. is in the air! What better time, then, for us to reflect on the we get from our
So how do we say it back to them in their own language? Here are 8 ways to tell your “I you” in a way they will understand.
1. Baby talk
If someone tells you it’s silly when you baby talk to your , you tell them it’s science! Research shows that dogs react positively to the sound of voices, particularly if they’re high-pitched.
2. Go on an adventure
Our pups thrive on routine, but a surprise trip out of the house every once in a while is fun for you and for them - as long as it doesn’t involve a trip to the V-E-T, of course! Your adventure could be anything from a car ride around town, a visit to the , or a hiking trip through the woods. You know your best - what would they enjoy?
3. Be a better listener
By listening to their , that is. Dogs communicate best with a language other than the sounds that come from their mouths! Learn to read what their different facial expressions, tail positions, and body postures mean and you’ll be a better listener.
4. Give them a surprise treat
What doesn’t go bonkers for delicious ? Usually, they have to work for their , but sometimes, give them yummy snacks just because. Especially for special occasions, like Valentine’s Day!
If you’re looking for a healthy treat that says, “I you,” look no further than our Be My Valentine , made with pumpkin, apples, honey, and of course, chia seed. All of the good stuff and none of the yucky stuff - it must be !
5. Lean on me
Does your ever lean against you when you’re relaxing at home? That’s a sign of and trust. You can mimic this to say “I also and trust you” right back to your best and enjoy the .
6. Ear noogies
The soft spot right behind your Your will definitely feel the .’s ears is a nerve center that’s packed with feeling receptors. If you scratch gently or massage them there, you’ll actually release endorphins. That’s mother nature’s natural painkiller.
7. Share a loving gaze
Studies have shown that dogs can actually read emotions through our facial expressions! And if you thought that was cool, you can use your to communicate emotions to your . Researchers in Japan discovered that when dogs feel connected to people, they raise their eyebrows at them - more often the left one. And, you can do the same back at your ! Raise your left eyebrow and make to show your just how happy you are to see them!
8. Teach them a new trick
Dogs tend to have great appetites - both for food and for learning! Learning a new trick not only keeps your 's brain sharp, but it builds their confidence. Additionally, it’s one of the very best ways to build the -animal bond. What’s a better way to say “I you” than that?
signs of that don’t translate for dogs:
While we’re on the topic, there are a lot of things humans do to show to each other, that just do not translate into language. Your won’t get the message when you:
- Give hugs: dogs usually feel trapped by hugs. Pay close attention to the ;
- Kiss them: some dogs actually think you’re coming in to bite them.
What are some other ways you ? Let us know by leaving a comment below!