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Does my dog know I love him? Vet Vs The Net

We take it for granted that our dogs love us, but do they know we love them? In this round of Vets Vs The Net, Dave the vet explains how our dogs know we love them...

So, to sum up:

Does my dog know I love him?

Of course they do! They can count on you, their beloved owner, for attention, cuddles and above all… food! In fact, you’re more than likely their primary source for each of these, so of course they love you.

I want to do something extra nice for my dog, what can I do?

Your dog will appreciate nothing more than your full, undivided attention. The best way to show them they have this is to play a game. The most popular games to play with dogs can usually be broken up into one of three categories, these are chasing food, tug-of-war-based games or fetch. Click here to read more about the best games to play with your dog.

My dog seems sad, how can I cheer them up?

If your dog’s behaviour is different and they seem depressed or stressed out, you can take a number of actions to help. Start by removing the source of their stress, or by setting up a safe zone they can retreat to when they’ve had enough. Click here to find out more about managing stress in your dog.

Need more advice?

If you need more advice about your dog’s behaviour, or the best way to treat them, contact your vet. They’ll be able to tailor their advice to your specific dog. 

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