A dog’s favorite smell is your scent.
And the more of your odor on something, the better. A dog’s sense of smell is much stronger than ours, and for them, a shirt covered in your scent is one of the most comforting objects in the world.
And this is why you may often find your dog lying on top of your pile of dirty clothes. Your clothing has your scent on it and dogs always want to feel closer to you.
Taking new routes
Dogs are curious and love nothing more than sniffing around and exploring. Your dog will be grateful if you stop taking them for the same walk every day.
Mix up your route once in a while. You can do this by simply walking in a different direction every now and then.
Checking their “pee-mail” and “social media”
Dogs urine marking is a serious business for canines.
By urine marking, your dog is leaving messages. Then other dogs come along and check the message and may leave a message of their own by urinating small amounts over or adjacent to the original spot. This is a unique form of communication where your dog will tell another dog if they sense danger. Or even let them know about their sexual availability.
Unlike humans who have to use social media apps to catch up on all their friend’s news, all a dog needs is a whiff of a very prominent vertical surface
For you to be happy
Your happiness is the most important thing for your dog. In fact, recent studies have shown that when we get stressed, our dogs get stressed, too.
Dogs can sense when we are happy or upset using their keen sense of smell and unique ability to read body language. When your dog notices that you are in distress, their attitude will adjust to your needs. And when you are happy, your dog’s behavior reflects the environment.
Pet them where they enjoy it most
How does your dog prefer being pet?
A study published in Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that dogs show more signs of stress—like yawning, freezing, lip licking, or elevated heart rates—when they are pet on the head, muzzle, shoulders or paws. Petting on the chest however, is associated with a decrease of heart rate, and is more calming to a dog. Nevertheless, many dogs are comfortable with any types of interactions—even with strangers—because they’re used to being around people.