Do you gasp every time you find a dog on a walk in town? Do you spend more time than making small talk with your 18, greeting your friend’s dog? We promise you’re not alone. It’s hard not to love dogs. They are cute, loyal, spontaneous, fun-loving, and always appear to want to make people content. But how do you make a dog fall in love with you?

It turns out, there are a couple of ways to be certain that a dog looks at you with nothing but adoration. Here are some strategies to make any dog fall in love with you.

Give them time to warm up to you

According to Dr. Sophia Yin, who was a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, the best way to meet a new dog would be to give them space and let them approach you. While it might be tempting to run as much as a dog or stick out your hand for a lick, you’re better off staying out of their bubble and taking your cues from them about whether they’re prepared to be touched or wish to play. This way you can make sure that the contact is always comfortable and feels secure.

Be the friend with fun toys and treats

I mean, who doesn’t love a friend who brings snacks? Snacks are the foundation of all friendships. There are also games such as tug of war, fetch, or even”find the treat”, which is great ways to bond with a new dog.

Naturally, always talk to the dog’s owner before feeding them anything.

Speak with them (particularly in a positive intonation)
Dogs understand quite a lot of human speech, and research suggests that praising a dog with a intonation activates their brain’s reward center. Meaning that telling your dog friend what a great boy can be quite the deal.

Puppies, in particular, respond to high-pitched, positive tones.

Be respectful

Dogs are unique, and not all dogs like being touched or petted. The best way is to pay attention to their body language. Do they tense up, or if you pet them, do they enjoy it or pull off? Are they showing interest in you or hiding behind their owner? If they pull away when you touch their toes or their tail, then take it as a sign that they don’t enjoy it and respect that–don’t push them.

A good rule of thumb is that the three-second rule–try petting a puppy (or touching their toes, or rubbing their chest) for three seconds, and then stop. If the dog shows interest do it. If not, let it go.

Be willing to get a dog’s attention, you need to be happy to get a little goofy. Run around, jump down and up, dart forth and back, anything that gets a pet ready and eager to play.

Having fun is a great way to strengthen your bond, although as soon as you’ve earned a dog’s trust you want to do this.

Be willing to get hairy

The reality is, if you are going to make a dog fall in love with you, you have to be prepared to roll with the punches…which might mean you’ll find a little hairy. I mean, dogs have been covered in hair, and unless you want to spend all your time dodging their affection, it’s going to end up on you. And slobber. Embrace getting a bit dirty. It’s worth the love you’ll get in return.