February 05, 2021

They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but are you his?

It’s very heartwarming to be a dog’s favorite person. Imagine being in a room full of people, and your dog seems not to notice everyone but you. How about going home and despite going home together with your husband/ wife, your dog just ran into you? 

When your dog crawls into your lap while seated on the couch? Awwe. It is such an incredible feeling when your dog chooses you as his/her favorite human. This is a testament to the kind of bond that you share with your canine buddy.

If you are your dog’s primary caregiver and you feel like you are not their favorite person, worry not! Because you are not alone. Different factors will come into play in being your dog’s favorite person.

If you are one of those mentioned above, then continue reading because we will be giving you some tips on how you will be one.

  1. Socialization Matters

It is said that the critical socialization period of dogs happens from birth until they are six months. Whoever they bond with during this period is likely to become their favorite person. This is because puppies’ brains are very receptive, and their social experiences during this period affect the rest of their lives.

If you have your puppy within this time period, then always keep this in mind. It is essential to ensure that your puppy will have positive interactions and have a wide range of experiences with people, places, and things. For instance, a dog who is not exposed to people wearing hats might be afraid of them when they grow up.

If you adopted your dog past this period, then take comfort in the thought that it’s not too late. Yes, early experiences are essential, but continued socialization also matters. Continue socializing with your dog by bringing him/her to doggy daycare, go on some play dates, take them on daily walks. Spending quality time with them will increase your bond!

  1. Give your dog attention and affection

And a key point to this is quality. It would be best if you gave your dog quality attention and affection.

If there are four members in your family, two parents and two kids, the dog is likely to choose the person who feeds them in the morning or the one who takes them for a walk in the afternoon. Letting your dog feel your care and presence will help solidify your physical affection for them.

Your dog is likely to reciprocate what you show him/her. For example, if you act strict or stand-offish towards your dog, they will likely act the same. But if you are someone who gives your dog some grooming sessions, massages, or belly rub, then they are likely to see you out more.

Again, we have to give importance to quality. There are times when you spend the whole day at home but don’t spend any quality time with your dog. If that’s the case, then don’t expect your dog to be close to you.

There are also cases when dogs seek individual attention. For example, if you are a bit strict when it comes to allowing your dog to relax while your brother allows him/her to, then it is possible that he/she will create a special bond with your brother instead.

  1. Positive Association

Create a positive association with your dog and allow your dog to create a positive association with his/her environment. Dogs can also play favorites based on associations.

Think of them as like a child. The more positively they associate you with something, the more they will come to you. For example, you always bring candies to your nephew’s house every time you come over, and your nephew will have a positive association with you and always look forward to having you around.

It would be the same with dogs. A dog will love a person who would give them treats or feed them their favorite stinky beef liver! They know that a person who always provides for them is essential in their life.

If you are a person who is a source of good stuff, then your dog is likely to open up and be closer to you.

You can even use this to extend this positive association towards other people. For instance, if someone new comes to your house, allow them to give your dogs some treats to allow for a positive association with them. This can help make the introduction more comfortable to go through.

  1. Human personality and dog breed

There’s also specific compatibility that needs to be checked with your personality and your dog’s breed. In choosing your dog, you better check this out first to see if you two can go along well.

Dogs are likely to choose their favorite person if they match their personality and energy level. A more reserved, cautious dog is expected to bond to an owner who has the same personality. In contrast, an outgoing, mischievous dog is likely to connect with an owner with the same personality type.

Some breeds are likely to bond to one person only. And if you’re lucky, you might be the one. The breeds Basenji, Greyhound, Shiba Inu, and Cairn Terrier, are known to have only one favorite person.

To know which dogs match your personality, check out the lists of the stubbornest dog breeds, smartest dog breeds, laziest dog breed, and dogs for introverts. We’re sure that you will find your match! 

Being a dog’s favorite person is one of the best feelings in the world. The feeling of being chosen and being special? You will be reminded of this every single time your dog runs to the door and licks you or when your dog rests its body on your lap.

If you’re not yet your dog’s favorite person, follow the tips above, and you’re on your way to enjoying the best moments of your life!