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Old 07-19-2011, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do YOU bond with your dog?

Is there something you do daily that's special for you and your dog(s)?
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Herding lessons. He does what comes naturally but has to listen to me at the same time. There's nothing like letting him do what he knows how to do but lets me guide him at the same time. Makes for a great partnership
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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training but at home...I man handle him. He sniffs me and then I grab him by the neck....put him into headlock...bury his face in my shirt....push him down forcibly with my other hand and slowly pet him on his stomach and face. Everytime he lifts his head up I push it back down in my lap and keep petting.

Only problem is afterwards.....he wont leave me alone.....lol Can't use the bathroom with him watching me.
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For me it's all the planned time I spend with my dogs. Packing my pup(s) in the car for hikes, socialization, and training.

Anything I can do at home helps. Playing games, teaching tricks, clicker stuff is perfect.
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My first dog was an adult when I got him. We bonded in agility class.

I bonded with Boaz on a 2 hour train ride. He learned that I would be his protector.

But basically it's the games that I call training. Or is it training that I call games?
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For Sasha, it's leash walking. She seems to really trust me in this. She stays behind me and sometimes I jog a little but other times I let her explore. When she looks up at me, I know she is really engaged in it. It seems to be the best time of the day for her. For me...it's when she rolls over and I scratch her belly. She is so cute. It just shows why dogs feel bonding differently that humans. I love to cuddle, she loves to follow me down a trail.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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you don't have to anything special to bond with
your dog. spending time with your dog, training, socializing,
feeding the things you do normally creates bonding. being there
for your dog creates the bond. being a responsible dog
owner creates bonding.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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There seems to be something special when we go to bed. I like to read in bed and whenever I read, he likes to put his head on my chest, just under my chin while I am reading and grunt and go to sleep, if only for five or ten minutes, but the look he gives me when he does that, just makes my heart melt. It seems to be our "special" moment each night. Then he goes to the other side of the bed and sleeps with his head on the windowsill since my bed is right up against that. Priceless for me each night! His way of saying "I love you mommy" each night.
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I hate to say this but we really really bonded when Stosh was shot in the face by our neighbor. He was just 11 mos old at the time and became very dependent on me because he couldn't see out of his left eye for months- and of course I showered him with love and attention and he needed daily care. It made us much closer and bonded than we may have been if he hadn't suffered such a traumatic injury. Not a good way to bond but he trusts me with his life- as I trust him with mine
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All the time tracking and working obedience and dock diving etc is very bonding for us, but the sweetest thing that melts my heart is when she comes over and lays her big 56-pound self in my lap on the couch for belly rubs in the evening
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