Sometimes owning a dog and taking care of it about everything is not going to make you his favorite person. Even though you are the one who raised your dog, it may run to your brother or sister as soon as it sees them.
Since the caregiver is not always a dog’s favorite person, in this article, we are going to talk about how dogs choose their favorite human. Each dog is different, but there are some generalizations that apply.
Socialization is Important
It is really hard for a lot of dogs to bond during the period of socialization (between birth and 6 months). At this period, the brains of dogs are very receptive, and the way they experience socialization will have an impact on their lives.
That is the reason why it is very important to make sure your puppy to have positive interactions with humans, things, and places. For instance, if a dog has never seen a human with a hat, may become really afraid of people with hats.
If you have adopted your dog when it was an adult, do not worry, you have still time to make it adore you because continued socialization is very important as well.
What Increases the Bond?
Most dogs usually bond with the people who give them the most attention. For instance, in one family where there are parents and two kids, the dog may prefer the parent that feeds its bowl each morning and takes it for a walk.
Also, physical affection is very important too. If a person is distant and cold, the dog may be as well. It is not all about the amount of time you spend with your dog, the quality matters more.
Besides the attention and affection, dogs prefer some people more because of their association. So, a positive person who is a source of positive stuff has better chances of bonding with a dog.
A dog also knows that the one that gives it food is an important person in its life. Interestingly, dogs do not like people with whom they have a negative association. For example, a dog may find it hard to be friends with a vet.