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10 Ways to Make Sure You Spoil Your Dog

 

TashaOneMost dogs are spoiled to some extent. At least I hope so. I spoil my dog Tasha for all the mistreated dogs I cannot rescue. I spoil her because she is devoted to me and loves me unconditionally and uncontrollably.

Here are some of the ways I make sure she gets the best life possible. If you aren’t treating your dog with the same devotion already, try them yourself.

1.  Take your dog for walks.

Walks are the best kind of exercise for dog spoiling. If you pause every time your dog smells something interesting, I think he (or she) feels like he’s the one in charge. Tasha gets walks of some length most days, and we usually go the same route so she gets to visit her favorite stinky spots.

2.  Talk to your dog in sentences.

Even if dogs don’t understand anything you say, they like to listen to lengthy chatter. I think they feel more engaged with a string of sentences than they do with one-word commands. Tasha’s ears perk up with intense concentration when I talk to her, especially if I direct a question her way.

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Chatting Out Loud: Conversations with My Dog and Myself

I often have animated conversations with my dog. She’s a very accepting audience, and it clears my head to talk out loud to someone other than myself.

The longer I live and work alone, the more double-sided these solo conversations become. It’s sort of like playing with a marionette. I ask the questions and I provide the answers. It can go something like this:

(Me to my dog) “Didn’t I just buy you a bag of dog food? Where did it all go?”

(My dog to me) “Guess we should get the bigger bag next time, it’ll last longer.”

(Me to her) “Oops, we’re almost out of biscuits, too. You’re going to have to get a job to pay for all of this.”

(Her to me) “At least one of us should be working.”

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Follow that Scent: A Dog’s Social Network

Dogs are very social creatures, and they put their remarkable sense of smell to great use. The way they gather information from sniffing is their form of social networking.

If you’re at all familiar with Facebook, it’s not hard to make the connection between your social network and your dog’s community of scents. We typically use Facebook to stay connected with our friends and friends of friends. Dogs connect with other dogs by using their noses. When a dog makes his mark by peeing on something, he leaves a bit of himself behind for other dogs to share—similar to leaving a comment on Facebook.

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