Importance of Giving Your Dog Affection

Jimi teaches us the importance of giving your dog affection along with the right (and wrong) ways to show your best friend how much you care.


Affection should be one of the most important parts of your relationship with your dog. Most of us consider our dogs as part of the family. Take a moment to think of how you show affection towards your loved ones. The way you show your dog affection should be no different.


  1. Before giving your dog affection, make sure they are sitting calmly and relaxed. The dog must not be anxious, overly excited, barking, etc. If you pet your dog when they are not calm, you are only reinforcing their bad behaviors!
  2. Speak to your dog in a calm manner. Your dog will feed off of your energy and your voice. If you are not calm or in the right place of mind, your dog will notice!
  3. No doggie “nuggies” or rough actions. Usually these type of actions between humans is an example of asserting dominance in social situations, so why do it to your dog?
  4. Pet with long, soft strokes along the back and chest areas. Areas where its difficult for the dog to groom themself are good and will build your dogs trust in you. This includes touch the dog’s paws, behind, tail, etc.
  5. Massaging your dog is great as long as it’s calm and sensual.

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  1. Samein Priester May 29, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I hate my dog. He pulls, jumps on people, family included. He has started barking at other dogs lately. He doesn’t’ listen and sneaks into the kitchen to lick the floor for crumbs. He has moments and he’s great, my daughter and girlfriend love him. I am ready to boop him on the head so I stay away from him most of the time.

    I have spent him away for training, it worked for a while but the family wasn’t consistent. He’s a bad as he ever was and that’s thousands down the drain.

    I’m going order the program and I hope we have some luck.

    I am the person with the crazy dog at the dog park, hopping on everyone. Being ignored by my dog. I have to ask a person he’s hopping on to hold him so I can get him. I stopped going because of that.

    Your videos look impressive but it’s you training the dogs. How will they work with normal people, like me?

    • Dog Guru May 29, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Hi Samein, it’s unfortunate to hear of your situation and feelings towards your dog. It’s very common and we receive messages every day similar to yours. It really comes down to investing the time, effort and consistency while following a structured program that works. Our program is successful for those that follow very closely and are not expecting a magical quick fix. You’ll need to go back to square one with your dog and implement the appropriate boundaries using a crate and leash first and then work up from there. Our online program is interactive which allows you to ask questions and receive prompt answers from us. There’s also a 60-day satisfaction guarantee! Let us know if you have any additional questions. Thank you!

  2. hope June 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    i love my dogs

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