This pitbull follows his owner all day and never leaves him alone. Even when he’s in the shower, he’ll be near him. Many dogs are most closely attached to those who care about them most during their key socialization period between birth and the first six months. At this age, puppies’ brains are extremely open and their early social experiences affect them for the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your puppy interacts positively with a wide variety of people, places, and things.
Let’s face it, we all want to be our dog’s favorite person. That’s why we want our dog to be their favorite, but we need to know how dogs determine their favorite person.
Being the dog’s favorite depends on your socialization, attention, positive relationship, and personality both on you and theirs. Unfortunately, being the person who takes care of his basic needs doesn’t mean you will be his favorite.
Let me give you an example from myself. My youngest dog Darwin loves me very much, of course, but he loves my wife. This situation is both very funny and mysterious. After all, I am the one who took care of and raised him throughout his life. But if my husband is nearby he acts as if I don’t exist. In short, a dog’s favorite person is not always his primary caregiver. So how do dogs choose their favorite person? And is it possible to change minds?
Of course every dog is different, but some generalizations apply.