Dogs are cuddly, cute, goofy, and always find a way to make us laugh. Naturally, we want to spend as much time around them as possible. This can mean turning down social invitations to stay home and watch tv on the couch or cancelling a gym session to head to the dog park instead.
But what happens when someone else incites more tail-wagging excitement from your dog than you do? Chances are that they are just happy to see grandma or aunt Lauren, and you’re really your dog’s favorite person. Just to be sure, here are 5 ways humans become their dog’s top choice.
1. Filling your pup’s social calendar early on
Puppy brains are like sponges, especially from birth to 6 months. So, it’s not surprising that a dog’s primary caretaker during this key socialization phase has a significant influence on the people, places, and things that he likes. What if you adopted your pup when he was a little older?
Rest assured that there’s still plenty of time for bonding. In fact, research suggests that ongoing interactions and exposure matter just as much. All the more reason to schedule puppy play dates, doggy daycare visits, and activities where your dog can explore his surroundings.
2. Making your dog the center of attention
Any pet parent knows that dogs love attention and can get pretty vocal if you stop the pets too soon.
Accordingly, the person that shows them the most affection tends to earn the spot of favorite human. They also mirror your behavior, so if you give them plenty of cuddles, they’ll return the favor.
However, it’s not just the belly rubs that count. Dogs take note of who’s filling their water bowl, grooming them, and taking them for walks every morning when determining their preferred person.
3. Giving him the good stuff
Similarly, pups like people that they associate with positive things. Hence, the reason many are not huge fans of the vet or groomer, no matter how nice they are.
That being said, if you’re the one that takes the time to play tug of war, doles out treats, and buys them new dog toys, you’re definitely scoring some major points with your pup.
4. Matching your pooch’s energy and personality
Humans and dogs with the strongest connection often share a similar personality and energy level. They may even look alike too! Plus, a dog’s breed and temperament can also affect their favoritism, especially since some are prone to having a one and only.
5. Boosting your bond and becoming your dog’s favorite person
If you have the sneaking suspicion that your pup prefers someone else, don’t despair. There are still plenty of ways to become your dog’s favorite person. Spending just 30 minutes of quality time with your dog a day can improve your bond, and activities like hide and seek, shopping for toys and treats, training, sports, and spaw sessions can do wonders for your popularity.
Ultimately, if you want to become your dog’s favorite person, give him the best care, positive social experiences, and tons of affection and attention. It will earn you unconditional love and a friend for life.
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