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How Do Dogs Choose Their Favorite Person?
We all know that dogs are loyal companions. They are always happy to see us when we come home from work or come back from running errands. But have you ever wondered how dogs choose their favorite person? Is it based on who feeds them the most, who gives them the most attention, or something else entirely? Let’s find out.
Dogs choose their favorite person based on early socialization.
The critical socialization period for dogs is from birth to six months. During this stage, puppies’ brains are incredibly receptive, and dogs often bond hardest with the person who was there for them. A dog must have many positive interactions during these delicate early years as those moments will significantly impact the rest of a dog’s life. It’s easy to see how quickly a puppy can bond with a primary caretaker who treats and trains him in a loving, positive manner.
Dogs choose their favorite person based on positive associations.
When you give your dog a command, and she obeys, you may reward her with a treat. That’s an example of positive association. Dogs choose their favorite person based on the one who gives them love, shelter, and comfort and provides them with positive dog-human relationships.
The person that always gives a tasty dog treats, plays with him, and gives him the love and attention he needs will most likely win the dog’s heart. Any positive experience dogs have, they associate with the person who gives it to them. Focus on positive training and reinforcement if you want to be your dog’s favorite person. Dogs respond to your positivity by bonding more with you.
Dogs choose their favorite person through attention and affection.
The amount and type of attention you give your dog matters when establishing a bond with him. Canines choose their favorite person based on who gives them the most attention or one-on-one time. Dogs are social creatures who crave interaction and attention from their owners. They will seek out those who show them the most attention and love, forming close ties between themselves and that individual.
If you are a dog’s primary caregiver, the one who takes your pup for walks, plays fetch with him in the park, plays interactive games with him, and gives him belly rubs regularly, you will quickly win your dog’s favor.
Dogs have a favorite person because of similar personalities.
Dogs are attracted to people who share their vibe and think the same way. A cautious indoor dog usually prefers an introverted partner. At the same time, the same could be said about playful breeds pairing up with active partners. Dogs feel secure and confident when around someone with similar energy levels.
The more you have in common with your dog, the easier it will be to form a strong bond and be your pup’s favorite person.
Breed tendencies cause some dogs to bond to one person.
Have you ever heard a dog described as a “one-person dog“? Some breeds tend to bond more strongly with their owners than others. The idea of a single-minded and loyal dog is not something new. For centuries, people have known that certain breeds are more than happy to serve as “one-person” dogs, especially those with instincts to protect, guard, or herd.
The breeds that tend toward bonding with a single person are:
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Border Collie
- Chow Chow
- Doberman Pinscher
- French Bulldog
- German Shepherd
- Great Pyrenees
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Shiba Inu
It’s quite common for certain breeds to have personality traits that make them highly loyal to their favorite humans. These dogs may also be friendly with other family members, but they always treat this primary relationship above all others.
Dogs choose favorites based on food, attention, and love. Each dog is unique and forms attachments to people in different ways. Ultimately, your dog chooses you as their favorite because they know you will always care for them—and that’s something special.
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