You are the center of your dog's world. The apple of their eye. The only one who they want to be with. If this all sounds like your relationship with your pup, then you have a very loyal dog. Playing and interacting with a loyal dog is special as it strengthens your bond and gives your pup exactly what they want - time with you! So set some time aside each day to do a few of these activities with your loyal dog - it will mean the world to them!
A bond between a dog and their human is sometimes so strong due to what is known as the rescue factor. If you adopted your dog, they may have come from a bad circumstance and going home with a loving, caring person such as yourself literally saved them. This can make your dog fiercely loyal to you and for good reason. Make sure your dog knows that you are also loyal to them and that you will never leave by bringing them with you anywhere possible. Yes, you may not be able to bring your dog to work or to the grocery store but you can bring them on other adventures!
If you have a fiercely loyal dog, they may be upset when you inevitably leave them home alone. Your dog may destroy toys and furniture while you are away, they may bark incessantly the whole time or they may even nervously lick their fur right off - all signs that your pup is anxious when you are gone. To combat this problem, set your loyal dog up for success. Providing them with a fun atmosphere that they can thrive in alone is ideal. Eventually, you will have to leave your dog alone so plan ahead and make sure that they will be happy and entertained even when you are gone.
While having a loyal dog can be great, it may also become a nuisance when your dog just doesn't want to leave your side. If you find your dog barking at the door as you go to the bathroom, whimpering if you are talking to someone else or chasing after you whenever you leave the room, you may have what is known as a "Velcro dog". A Velcro dog is one who just cannot separate themselves from you and it can get to be tedious. It is time to teach your dog that leaving your side is not a bad thing - you will always come back!
Test your dog's loyalty by walking them or going for a run without the leash. Begin in an area that is fenced in just in case your pup does decide to venture off. Being leash free is exhilarating especially when you are sure that your dog will always be right by your side.
The perfect classic game you can play with your dog is hide and seek. A loyal dog will almost always be sure to find you and be super excited when they do!
Loyal dogs are a blessing and also a curse. While it is great that your dog only has eyes for you, it can get a bit tedious sometimes especially when the loyalty turns into neediness. Try a few of these activities to celebrate your pup's loyalty and also to curb any unwanted behaviors. Loyal and happy is great, clingy and whiny is not so great. You want the happy loyal pup so nurture that side and just be happy that your dog loves you so!