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Dogs spoil us; they give us unconditional love, affection and comfort. Their support has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness in their owners! But, have you ever wondered if your dog feels your love back? Or how to make them know how much you appreciate them? 
Spending quality time with your pup is one of the best ways to let them know you cherish them, and can form a stronger bond between you both! As this connection grows stronger, it can positively affect your mental health, and it teaches your pup that they are loved and safe with you. Read on below for some of our best dog-tested ways to get in quality time with your pup and make them your fur-ever friend - 


Stimulate Your Pup - A Working Dog Is A Happy Dog!

German Shepard dog sitting patiently to eat fresh, human-grade meal out of a puzzle bowl
Stimulating your pup is very important for their brain development, overall health and can be a great way to release their pent-up energy. Dogs are curious and intelligent creatures that need various kinds of stimulation and activities to keep them entertained, active and feeling in control of their environment. Some of the best ways to stimulate your dog are: 
  1. Taking them to the park or on a walk - this can allow them to let out their energy, as well as discover new smells, sights and sounds! 
  2. Socializing them with other dogs - a great skill for all dogs!
  3. Playing games with them indoors - If it’s too cold outside, or you don’t have time to take your pup outside, games inside are a great way to keep them entertained. Try to switch up the activities and games you play with them so that they don’t get bored. 
  4. Teaching them new tricks - challenge them by switching it up. Training your dog for dinner once or twice a week will quickly make them the smartest pooch around!
  5. Rotating their toys - just like humans, dogs like to play with different toys. As opposed to leaving them out all day, try storing them away in a closet so your pup will get excited to see what you pull out next! 
  6. Introducing them to enrichment activities - enrichment activities can include using food puzzles or hiding treats for scent games. 

Belly Rubs! 

 Puppy laying in grass next to colorful dog food topper meal pouches and getting belly rubs from human
Just like us, our pups feel connected through physical contact. Giving your pup belly rubs can trigger a release of endorphins and oxytocin for both you and your dog, further strengthening your bond and making you both happier! Belly rubs and affection can also satisfy your dog's natural instinct to be socially groomed, which allows them to build trust and sociability, and can even relieve your pet of stress!

Treat Yo’ Pup - Because Who Doesn’t Love To Be Spoiled?!

Dog licking lips as it stares at a hand-crafted dog biscuit
Treats are always a great way to show your pup some love! Food is a yummy and reliable way to your pet’s heart. Our dogs love a reward and it can make them very happy! The best treats to give your pup are healthy, delicious treats that don’t have a bunch of additives in them, so that you can continue spoiling your pup whenever they deserve it! Check out our full line of human-grade dog biscuits here.

Talk To Your Pup - You’re Not Quirky, It's Good For Them!

Our dogs are extremely intelligent creatures and have developed the ability to read, and even mimic, our facial expressions. When we talk to our dogs, maintain eye contact, and listen to their body language, we are able to understand their behaviors and feelings much better! This also allows our dogs to know that we are being attentive to them, their needs, and their feelings. In turn, our pups will also understand you better if you routinely talk to them and show them your facial expressions - so go ahead, talk to your pup when you’re getting ready in the morning, cleaning the house, making dinner, cuddling on the couch and yes- even on your walks! 

At Portland Pet Food Company we make healthy, fresh meal toppers to spice up your dog’s bowl, or to entice the pickiest of eaters to enjoy dinnertime. If purchasing a safe chicken broth is intimidating to you, simply pick up one of our five human-grade dog food toppers and use that instead! We promise, your dog’s tail will be wagging no matter which one you pick up! Then, once you know that your dog loves our products, sign up for our dog food toppers subscription service for easy ordering, free shipping on orders over $40, discounts, and to make your dog the happiest on the block!

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