27 April, 2017
Sometimes I can’t help but think if my dog loves me more? or my mom? my girlfriend? my friends? or any stranger it follows in the park.
Sometimes, a dog’s favorite person is not always the primary caregiver. So the question is, how do dogs choose their favorite person? And is it possible to change their minds?
Simply put, every dog is different, so let’s understand all about how dogs choose their favorite human as their man’s best friend.
Dogs mostly get attached to whoever cares for them during their key “socialization” growth stage, which is roughly between day 0 to six months old. At this phase the puppies’ brains are incredibly receptive and their early social experiences influence them for the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your pup has a positive interaction with a wide range of people, other dogs, cats, places, and things.
Puppies who are not properly socialized can develop peculiar preferences. For example, dogs who aren’t exposed to other men or women or children may develop a fear towards these characteristics later in life. My dog loves girls, which makes a lot of sense, since my mom, sister and girlfriend took good care of them while they were growing up.
Attention and Affection
Everyone loves to be given attention, well guess what, dogs love this too. So those that give them the most attention, will in most cases also be on top of their list as favorite people. For example, in a family with two parents and two kids, the dog may favor the parent who fills their bowl every morning and takes them for a walk every evening.
On top of attention, affection adds more to the bond between dog and man. If a person is stand-offish towards their dog, the dog will in return be stand-offish towards them. But if you give your dog plenty of tummy rubs, fetch time, massages and tons of love, they will likely want more and hence keep coming up to you.
Remember, quality versus quantity matters. Dogs can sense when you are being genuine or not. So mean it, if you want to be your dog’s favorite.
Personality and Breeds
Finally, its not a joke when they say dogs typically end up acting and looking like their owners. The saying “like attracts like” also apply to dogs and people, too!
Dogs will likely choose a favorite person who matches their own characteristics and personality. Although their characters may develop depending on who they live with, certain types of dog breeds will inherently have their own personality. I’ve learnt from my Maltese, that’s typically a lot more playful and clingy, versus my Pomeranian, that’s more cool and independent. Hence, I’m pretty sure I’m my Maltese’s favorite and for my Pomeranian, well, closer to my girlfriend (no hidden meaning).