Bonding with your dog is fundamental to building a healthy relationship between you and them, and the world around them. Whether you have adopted a new dog that is a puppy, young adult or senior, lived with your dog for 10 years, or even if you are fostering a new dog, establishing a healthy bond with him/her will help ensure a meaningful relationship built on trust and rapport. What is your relationship like with your dog? Could it be better?

There are obvious reasons to bond with our dog, such as: they enrich our lives and give us unconditional love and companionship. There are also other reasons why bonding is important to our human-dog relationship as well, such as building recall and keeping our dog safe. But it might surprise you to know that our interactions with our furry companions also have a “measurable positive effect on our biochemistry.”

For more information on bonding with your dog:
Everyday is Game Day
2 Hints You Have an Awesome Relationship with Your Dog
Relationship Centered Training
11 Ways to Strengthen Your Bond With Your Dog
9 Ways to Improve your Relationship with your Dog

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DC SIR is a non-profit, volunteer-run network of foster homes in the Washington, DC area.

DC SIR does not have a shelter facility. To meet our adoptable dogs, interested adopters can attend one of our monthly adoption events.