Aired (April 25, 2018)
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1. Show them you care by baking some HEALTHY treats from the “Dog-Gone Good Cookbook.”
Research for yourself what is a healthy portion size for your pet’s food and the quantity/quality of treats. Do you know if your dog is overweight? Do the simple feel test around your pet’s rib cage. If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs easily, there is a good chance they are overweight.
2. Go on long walks and change up your route for new smells.
Dogs use their noses more than their eyes, smelling their way around. They smell every shade of green we see. They smell a teaspoon in an Olympic size pool. Show your dog some love by taking them to new places, introducing them to new smells. Your dog will appreciate the fact that she’s got your undivided attention in a cornucopia of smells to delight her senses.
3. Teach your dog a new trick.
Check out all the tricks we have for you here.
4. Teach your dog some new words.
Watch the video below for some ideas:
5. Treat your dog to a day of doggie daycare.
6. Enroll in a training class.
Training is a great bonding time for you and your dog and taking time to take a regular class will strengthen your bond.
7. Play games together like hide and seek, fetch, and fly ball.
8. Brush your dog weekly.
Brushing stimulates the skin and allows natural oils to circulate. It prevents irritations and infections. It is also a great way to spend quality time with your dog.
9. Give your dog a nice relaxing bath.
10. Exercise with your dog.
Walking, running, hiking, and biking are all great forms of exercise to do with your dog. You build deeper bonds with your dog when you spend time exploring the world with your him.
Photo by Paxson Woelber
11. Take your dog to a local pet store for a visit.
Let them go down the aisles on a leash (of course) and pick out a new toy.
Giving kisses on command is a favorite dog trick for many people, especially children. It also happens to be one of the easiest tricks to train a dog to do.
What You Need
Some yummy treats are all that you need to train a dog to give kisses. Peanut butter or cream cheese works well because it’s easy to smear a small bit on your cheek or hand.
Here’s How to Do It
- Take a little peanut butter or cream cheese and place a dab on your cheek (or wherever you would like your dog to kiss).
- Give the command “give kisses.”
- Lean towards your dog, and let him do the rest. He should be eager to lick the treat from your cheek.
- Practice this dog trick for a few minutes several times a day. It won’t be long before your dog comes over to give you a big kiss every time you give the command!