Features February 2016 Issue

What Love Means to Your Dog

This dog likes close, personal contact with her person. But if your dog is uncomfortable with being touched, hugging her could be threatening or even punishing. Adjusting your approach to her level of comfort is a sign of true love.

What Love Means to Your Dog

A Valentine-inspired primer: Court your dog with good food, lots of attention, comfy beds and a big heart.

When it comes to love, dogs offer all of the devotion with none of the guile. They wonít sign up for a secret account on Match.com, or see another owner behind your back. And that flirtation with the pet sitter Ö well, itís harmless. After all, thereís a reason dogs have a reputation for being faithful friends. Reciprocating, though, can sometimes be a challenge. Dogs, you remember, approached our hearth; it has been in many ways a rather lopsided arrangement in the love department since the dawn of time. And with our busy lives and competing priorities, we humans have altogether too few opportunities to return that cupidity in kind Ė although, given how utterly and completely most of our dogs rely on us, thatís a tall order under even the best of circumstances.

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