Dogs really are the best. They offer immense amounts of love, support, guidance and care so that’s why when dogs don’t pick us as their person it can be very horrible and unfair. “Why doesn’t that dog love me like I love it?” This is a question I ask myself a little too often. What can I say? I love dogs and they don’t always love me back. It’s a really heartbreaking fact. So how do dogs pick their person? How do they really choose and what is the secret behind dog love? Here’s the scoop:
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The socialization period begins from birth until the age of six months old. This is the most important time to bond with your dog. Many dogs bond the hardest during this period and this dedicated time with your dog will influence their behaviors for the rest of their lives. If you adopted a dog after their socialization period, it doesn’t matter too much. There will always be time to influence your dog for the rest of their lives. That will never go away.
- Attention and Affection increases the bond
Dogs are just like most people. They’re narcissists. They like the person that gives them the most attention. It’s easy to give a dog a lot of attention because they are extremely adorable and squeezable. Physical affection is an important factor as well. The more love you give your dog, the more love it will give you back. I would say, dogs value healthy relationships and reward people that give that to them. What are you waiting for? Find a dog and excessively pet, cuddle and kiss it. It’s a win-win.
- Positive Association
If you are a source of happiness and care for your dog, your dog will remember you in that way for forever. If they look at you and see happiness, they’ll probably want to be around you more often. If they look at you and see punishment and ridicule, they’ll most likely avoid you. Be the source of good vibes for your dog. A great way to show your dog you mean love is to reward them with treats and sweet pets.
- Humans With Dogs Just Like Them
Once again, we humans like things that remind us of well….us. That’s why a lot of dog owners have dogs that are exactly like them. I know my Golden Doodle Eddie and me are basically twins. We are both really chill, love lounging on the couch, and when the time comes for social encounters we’re friends with everyone! We’ve never met a stranger. That’s why Eddie and I have a close bond and always will.
How can you become a dog’s favorite person?
Well, it’s simple. Follow everything I stated above. Here are some additional tips to make your dog love you the most.
- Play with them a lot. Tug of war, throwing the tennis ball, swimming
- Training them actually encourages a bond.
- Try a sport you and your dog can play together
- Give your dog treats for reward. Remember the positive association thing?
- Touch your dog! The more love pats and hugs, the better.
Don’t give up and remember, your dog will love you as much as you love your dog.