When these 3 social needs of dogs are met, our relationship improves and life gets better for both dogs and their humans.

What does your dog want more than anything else in the world? Even though we’re completely different species, there are some core things we have in common with our dogs, as two species of social intelligence. The social needs of dogs and humans are, in effect, the same!

While we want the same things out of life for the most part, the trick lies in being able to communicate those things to one another. Often, we see our dogs effort to communicate as misbehaving or acting out, when really, they are just trying desperately to be heard. Are you recognizing your dog’s signs? Are you respecting their communication?

There are 3 crucial social needs of dogs that need to be fulfilled, similar to humans…and when they are not, life becomes very difficult.

In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy gives us insight into what to look for when trying to listen to your dog, and how to strengthen the bond between you both by being present, connected and open to feedback from your best friend!

Enlightened By Dogs EP053

by Kathy Kawalec

In This Episode:

  • Did you know that dogs and humans share a similar social intelligence?
  • How dogs help us belong, and how we help them do the same.
  • Meeting your dogs needs goes deeper than praising them or playing with them.
  • What is your dog supposed to do when their human just isn’t getting it?
  • The value of a feedback loop between you and your dog.

Quotes

“As socially intelligent animals, both humans and dogs need to be appreciated and loved. We both need to feel like we belong.”

“Behavior is Communication. Respect your dog’s communication as a valuable contribution to the relationship”

“Meeting your dogs needs in this way goes much deeper than praise, treats or play.”

“Did you know that dogs and humans share a similar social intelligence?”

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