Does your dog have a favorite person?dr marty dog tips
Lots of dogs have a favorite human. Usually, they make it really obvious who their favorite human is. It’s the person they’re always running to first, always following around.
Sometimes it creates problems in the pet owners’ home when the dog really favors one over the other. It can make the less favored human wonder “What did I do? Why don’t they love me that much?”
So, why do dogs have a favorite person?
All dogs are different, but there are some common reasons why a dog may favor one human over another.
#4. Who they socialize with early is a big factor
Dogs have an important socialization period between birth and six months. This is the age where puppies’ brains are developing. Their brains are very receptive and the social experiences the dog has during this time can influence them for the rest of their lives.
The person who is there during this period, who has more positive experiences with the dog at this period, can become the favored human. Sometimes, any person who resembles the human who was there during the socialization period can become favored.
As a side note, this is why it is important for dogs to be socialized to many different types of people during this period. It will help them be comfortable with more people later on. Head over to the next page…