Have you ever had a dog that you love very much, you spoil them rotten, give them all of the attention in the world, and yet they seem to favor someone else?
Maybe you’ve wondered how do dogs choose their favorite person? Is there anything you can do to strengthen the bond between you and your dog?
Turns out it might not be all about treats. It may have much more to do with socialization and positive attention than we think.
There are several factors that come into play when it comes to your dog choosing their favorite human. Here’s a list of reasons why.
1. The Socialization Period
Puppies have a socialization period, which spans from birth until about six months old. They learn based on the positive and negative experiences they have during this time.
That’s why it’s so important to expose puppies to a wide variety of situations, people, and different dogs.
For example, let’s say a puppy spent the majority of their time around women and children at a young age are adopted later in life. They may demonstrate fear or aggression around men simply because they are less familiar.
If your dog spent their socialization period in a shelter or with someone else, it’s still possible for you to introduce new and positive things to them. The trick is to be patient and to use positive reinforcement as a tool to reassure them that the new people and things are in fact okay and pleasant to be around.
Try enrolling in a socialization class together. Not only will your dog benefit from being around other dogs in a controlled environment, but you’ll also build trust between one another and strengthen your bond.