How to Make Your Dog Loyal

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Love, care, kindness and discipline are the keys to rasing a loyal pet.
Love, care, kindness and discipline are the keys to rasing a loyal pet. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

For animal lovers wondering how to make their dogs loyal, there is good news. Dogs are naturally loyal and loving creatures and the right behavior on your part makes all the difference in your dog's conduct. The main point to keep in mind is to bond when training your canine companion. Remember, a happy dog is a loyal dog. Demonstrate the love and leadership your dog desires and you'll have its loyalty as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog treats
  • Dog toys
  • Leash
  • Collar

Set an example of leadership and consistently discipline your dog. Dogs are naturally inclined to run in packs and follow the direction of the leader. As the head of your household, you are the leader and your family is the pack. Your dog looks to you for discipline and leadership, otherwise it will assume the position itself, leaving you with a disobedient pet. Use one-word commands in a firm voice to encourage your dog to learn what is permitted or prohibited.

Your dog views your family as its "pack."
Your dog views your family as its "pack." (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Connect with your dog on its own level. Spend a little time each day sitting on the floor or rolling around playing with your dog in the grass. Your dog will appreciate your attention and this will fulfill its desire for inclusion.

Interact with your dog to enhance the bonding experience.
Interact with your dog to enhance the bonding experience. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Reward your dog with praise or healthy treats for good behavior.

Offer edible "treats" as rewards for good behavior.
Offer edible "treats" as rewards for good behavior. (Image: Barry Austin Photography/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Make time everyday to exercise and play with your dog. Dogs are naturally active creatures who love the outdoors and also require regular exercise. Not only is an hour of playing and running around good for your dog's health, it's an ideal way to strengthen the bond between you and your pet. A dog that feels love and companionship will bond with its master, becoming more and more loyal as time progresses.

All dogs need a sufficient amount of exercise.
All dogs need a sufficient amount of exercise. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Bathe and groom your dog on a regular basis. Keeping your dog clean and free of knots and tangles is not only good for its health and comfort, it helps you bond.

Dogs love being clean, even if they don't like bathing.
Dogs love being clean, even if they don't like bathing. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Schedule regular veterinary check-ups and immunizations to keep your dog in the best possible health.

Bathe your dog regularly and schedule routine vet visits. Healthy dogs are happy dogs.
Bathe your dog regularly and schedule routine vet visits. Healthy dogs are happy dogs. (Image: Chris Amaral/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Maintain expression in your voice while speaking to your dog. When reprimanding, use a loud firm voice with stern facial expressions. When praising, use a warm and caring voice with hugs, smiles and lots of petting.

Show emotion and expression when speaking to your dog.
Show emotion and expression when speaking to your dog. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)
(Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't overdo it and treat your dog like a human. Too much lenience and too many privileges may prove counterproductive and can reduce your authority as pack leader.
  • Discipline only if you catch your dog in the act of inappropriate behavior. Reprimands after the fact are futile and confusing to your dog.
  • Tying your dog out while left outdoors may lead to choking hazards.

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