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It Must Be Love - Happy Valentine’s Day!

Have you ever wondered why humans love dogs so much, often more than their family members or significant other?

Did you know that humans have an instinctive need to be near animals and as dogs are social animals that can follow verbal and visual cues they have become a popular feature within human society. When humans are with dogs it helps their mental and physical well-being. This relationship goes both ways with dogs benefitting too as they also experience positive emotions when they are with humans too.

Some people do not understand the intensity of the emotions a person can feel for a dog if they have never owned one. They become an integral part of our day to day lives and become interwoven in family dynamics including going on holiday, getting out for walks and just being there even if you are having a really bad day!

Nearly sixty percent of households have a dog in the UK and sometimes ownership does not always go quite as anticipated. Owning a dog is a huge commitment and they take a lot of time, patience and love to help them be a well-balanced, well-behaved member of society. However, even if you do everything right, genetics also plays a massive part in your dog’s behaviour which can display itself in many different ways.

If you are struggling with your dog’s behaviour training is a great way to help strengthen your relationship together.

As we love them so much we all want what is best for our dogs. During the pandemic dogs have played a huge part in helping humans get through it. People found exchanging the daily commute for taking the dog out for a walk in the morning a much better start to the day. Dogs have become a great feature in many zoom meetings too, by just being themselves! As some people are returning to work it is important to make sure you help your dog adjust to this change in routine so that they are OK on their own.

Many places of work are opening up to the idea of dogs been in the work place to try and help with the transition too. Dogs in work places are a fabulous idea as they can help alleviate stress, gives workers a none judgemental colleague to chat too and who doesn’t love a dog when they go to a meeting! If you are considering taking your dog to work with you or are thinking of allowing dogs in your work place there is help available to help create a relaxed atmosphere for both parties get back to work.

Valentine’s day has always been the day to express our love for one another and this has grown to include our dogs with cards and presents being available to buy for humans to their dog or vice versa! Let me know if you have given or received a card or present from your dog!

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