Why Does Your Dog Prefer Your Partner Over You?

It’s just so unfair, isn’t it? You feed your dog. You are the one who takes him on walks every single day. You make sure his water bowl is always filled and you’re the one who sees they get to the vet for their medical care.

Then why does your dog seem to like your partner more than he does you?

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of a dog “clicking” with a particular person. It’s nothing you’ve done or haven’t done. Your dog isn’t purposefully trying to make you jealous (even if it seems that way!) There is just something in the dog’s temperament that is attracted to your partner.

If you are the primary disciplinarian and trainer and your partner let’s the dog break the rules, then your dog may be like a child in this situation, and run to your partner for cuddles. And that’s ok. Just be sure to give your dog plenty of attention as well as affection. Create special moments by giving your dog a massage and regular playtime.

Plus dogs have an incredibly keen sense of smell and have been known to develop an aversion to a person who smells of sweat or alcohol. But don’t rush out to buy Eau de Hamburger! Again, plenty of attention, affection and the creation of special moments can win the dog over.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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