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When You Know He Likes Dad More…

When You Know He Likes Dad More...
When You Know He Likes Dad More. Image by The Dodo via YouTube

Let’s face it, we all know dogs form strong bonds with their human companions. However, it’s not uncommon for these bonds to manifest differently between different family members! One scenario that can be puzzling is when a dog shows a clear preference for one family member over another. In many cases, its when the dog seems to favor dad over mum…

In some cases, your furry friend showers your partner with affection, eagerly following their every command, offering cuddles and showing nothing but loyalty. Yet, when it comes to you, the painted picture is quite different… Your attempts at bonding are met with indifference or even avoidance. For example, in the video below, she reaches out for a paw, but the dog turns away. Or another example may be her longing for a hug, yet the dog dashes past you to snuggle up to your partner instead!

So, why does this happen? Is there something lacking in your relationship with your canine companion? Understanding the dynamics behind your dog’s behavior can give us valuable insights into their preferences and maybe even help foster a stronger bond between you and your pet.

Socialization and Early Doggo Experiences

When You Know He Likes Dad More...
When You Know He Likes Dad More… Image by The Dodo via YouTube

Dogs, like humans, are influenced by their early experiences in life. If your dog spent more time with your partner during their puppy days, they may have developed a stronger attachment to them. Such as if your partner was responsible for feeding, training or spending quality time with the dog during its puppyhood. These factors could definitely contribute to the bond they share.

Consistency & Routine

When You Know He Likes Dad More...
Ignoring the paw shake. Image by The Dodo via YouTube

Dogs love consistency and routine. If your partner has a more structured routine with the dog, involving regular walks, playtime and feeding schedules, the dog would naturally gravitate towards them. Consistent interactions build trust and familiarity.

Communication Styles

When You Know He Likes Dad More...
When You Know He Likes Dad More…

Dogs are incredibly intuitive creatures and can pick up on subtle cues and body language. Your partner may communicate with the dog in a way that resonates more with its instincts and preferences. For example, they may use a firmer tone during training sessions or employ body language that signals authority and leadership, which can be appealing to certain dogs. This makes perfect sense in the video below, the dogs preference is dad over mum!

While it’s understandable to feel sad by your dog’s apparent preference for your partner, it’s also important to remember that canine relationships are complex. Instead of viewing it as a reflection of your bond with your pet, consider it an opportunity to deepen your connection and strengthen your relationship!

Bottom Line

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We Think He Likes Dad More.. Credit: The Dodo – Source: YouTube

Overall, a dog’s preference for one family member over another is not uncommon and can be influenced by various factors! These factors include socialization, communication styles and personality traits. Instead of viewing it as a reflection of your bond with your pet, approach it as an opportunity to strengthen your relationship through quality time, positive reinforcement and patience.

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