Do Dogs Play Favorites?

Let’s Find Out If You Are One Your Dog’s Favorite People

By Catalina Barrios

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Do you favor your dog over everyone else? Does your dog do the same?

From the first day your dog arrives in your life, you provide them with everything they need. It’s like your life has been waiting for this being; it is love at first sight. Even before your furry friends gets home, you make certain they have a comfortable bed, delicious food and treats, and the most entertaining of toys.

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Once home, you give them all the attention they need. You cuddle with them while watching your favorite TV show and they even become your most motivating exercise companion!

You are the center of their universe…until that particular family member or friend comes for a visit. Does you dog practically wag his tail off his body in some over-exuberant doggie twerking routine when THAT person arrives?  You can’t help it, you feel jealous and start to wonder if you are not the favorite anymore.

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How does a dog choose a favorite person?

The following are some of the factors that influence your dog’s choice in “best person”.

Socialization

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Socialization is key for dogs between birth and six months of life. During this critical growth phase, puppies are very receptive, thus it is important for them to have positive interactions with different places, people and things. Don’t worry if you’ve adopted your dog as an adult because socialization remains important at every age.  The more experiences he has and the more people he meets, the easier it will be for him to socialize with others.

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