My dog Honey is the perfect size. Her head lies right where my hand falls when I walk.
But wait. Doesn’t that mean she’s always staring at my knees?
I need to remember to get down on my dog’s level sometimes.
It isn’t true for all dogs, but my dog definitely likes to make eye contact.
Sometimes I realize how often I’m looming over her.
- I bend over to scratch her ears.
- She walks by my side on leash.
- I sit up high on the couch reading while she lies down.
No wonder she always comes over to cuddle when I’m sorting laundry.
You see, I sit on the floor to organize my laundry before taking it down to wash. And every time, without fail, Honey comes over and gets right in my face.
It’s one of the rare times I’m sitting on the floor at perfect cuddle height.
Another trick that works well if you live with a tiny dog is to play with your dog on the bed while you’re standing beside it. It gives even a little dog a chance to look you in the eye or play without straining his neck up at you.
Honey loves playing tug on the bed. I suspect she thinks I do a better job when I’m standing at the same height as her (we have a very tall bed).
And while I’m fixing up the house and spending lots of time on a ladder, it’s more important than ever that I remember to get down on my dog’s level. After all, she’s willing to stoop to mine all the time.
Your Turn: Do you think you dog cares if you get down to his or her level? If so, how do you do it?