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How to Foster a Positive Relationship with Your Dog

Learn how bonding with your four-legged friend not only benefits their life, but your life as well. Keep reading to see how proper nutrition and other steps can make a positive impact.

Karma is all about putting forth positivity and watching those good vibes come right back to you. We think the same principle can apply to your relationship with your dog. How? Bonding with your four-legged friend benefits not only their life, but your life, too. Keep reading to see how a few small steps can make a big impact.

1. Prioritize Proper Nutrition

The food you eat plays a huge role in how you feel, and it’s no different for your dog. KARMA™ Plant First Recipes with chicken or white fish provide the right balance of plant-based superfoods and high-quality proteins to nourish your pet’s whole body vitality. Plus, KARMA™ dog food is exclusively sourced with non-GMO ingredients † as close to their native form as possible. We never add artificial flavors, preservatives or colors. Made in the United States with the world’s finest ingredients, you can trust our food to provide your dog with the complete and balanced nutrition they need to thrive.

†Trace amounts of genetically modified ingredients may be present due to potential cross contact during manufacturing.

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2. Move More

Quality nutrition will give your dog the energy to exercise (and will help get you moving, too!). Exercise is not only important for helping your dog maintain a healthy weight; it also provides your pup with some much-needed mental and physical stimulation.

If you’ve only ever gone on walks or jogs with your dog, don’t be afraid to branch out. You might discover that your pup prefers hiking to a neighborhood walk. Or, maybe they’d choose swimming at a nearby lake over a bi-weekly jog at the park. Playing fetch or tug-of-war can also help your dog burn off some energy — which brings us (conveniently) to our next topic: bonding.

3. Spend Quality Time Together

Remember when we said that having a great relationship with your four-legged friend benefits you too? Well, if you still don’t believe us, listen up, because this is perhaps most true when it comes to the time you spend together.

The truth is that you need your dog as much as your dog needs you. Just like your dog “encourages” you to get off the couch, they can also help you be more social and feel more connected. (Think of how many people stop and talk to you when you’re with your adorable dog!)

Make sure you’re putting the effort into spending time with your dog, consistently giving them the attention they need to feel secure. Consistency is also key when it comes to expectations. Reacting the same way every time they exhibit certain behaviors will help your dog learn that they can (and should) trust you. Remember this during training: It’s not only a great way to bond with your pup, but also a chance for you to teach positive behaviors they can carry throughout their life.

A better relationship with your dog will keep the positive vibes going — and that’s something we can all get on board with.