How can I bond with my dog?

Dog agility with owner

If a member of the family is having difficulty bonding with your dog, there are lots of fun activities that will strengthen their relationship.

New tricks

Harness your dog's enthusiasm by teaching him some new tricks. Use whatever motivates your dog best, whether that be food or toys. You could even teach your dog to help you with the housework! By attaching a tug toy to cupboard doors you can teach your dog to open them for you.

Games on walks

Walking your dog isn't just about letting him burn off some energy but is also a great time for some one-on-one interaction. Hide-and-seek is a great game while out on walks. Hide behind a tree and call your dog; when he finds you reward him with fuss and a treat.


Not only is daily training an extremely important part of dog ownership, it's also a way to have fun and be more involved with your dog on a daily basis. Training sessions can be done anywhere - in the house, garden, or even out on walks - just remember to keep sessions short.

Regular grooming sessions

Grooming your dog doesn't have to be a chore. If done correctly, using appropriate tools, grooming can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for you and your dog and a great time to enhance your bond.


Join a club or a class to take part in one of many activities that will strengthen the bond between you and your dog; these activities can include agility, obedience, heelwork to music, or rally obedience.