You probably imagined as soon as you got a puppy that both of you would be galvanizing your way into a loving relationship – filled in picturesque moments walking through trails and sitting in the brilliant sun. But now, your puppy doesn’t seem to like you or prefers your chaotic sister. What’s up with that? The problem might not be you or your puppy, but it could be your actions.
You Are a Hovering Mother or Father
A lot of us know the typical annoyances of being a teenager. The cliché phases of, “I can do it alone,” or, “I don’t need your help,” are what one expects from the youth of today and tomorrow. Well… your dog is in the same boat. Your puppy does not need you constantly watching over them, and if you hover, it can cause unnecessary stress to your new pet. It is good to keep a watchful eye on new furry family members, but you don’t always have to be an entertainment machine for your pet. Sometimes, it’s better to take it easy and go with the flow.
You’re Not in a Zen Mood
Researchers showed that dogs could sense different emotions according to images and sounds. In a study done by the Department of Psychology in Otago, both dogs and children looked more at smiling faces than angry faces. The dogs in the study understood both negative and positive emotions. If you are constantly stressed or yelling at your dog, it might be a reason why your puppy opts to turn the other way. Try to find ways to calm yourself down before talking to your adorable buddy.
You Love a Little Too Much
We all love our pets like family members but when is too much just too overwhelming? Giving a pet constant companionship could create an unhealthy relationship. Dogs may develop separation anxiety and destroy furniture or other items when you are away. Multiple studies demonstrate inseparable bonds formed between owners and pets but if the bond is not given space, toxic relationships form. Just like any romantic relationship between adults, dogs and humans need their own space.
If a puppy develops separation anxiety, counter conditioning could be required to demonstrate to your dog that a home is a safe place. However, it is better to stop these behaviors before they begin. Try leaving your pet alone with interactive toys filled with food for a few minutes each day when you leave the house. As your dog becomes older, you can attempt leaving them alone longer until they understand that you will be back home, and their alone time is temporary.
You Might Not Match Your Dog’s Personality
No matter what kind of breed you adopt, all dogs share different personalities. Not all German Shepherds or Poodles act the same. Sometimes dogs mesh better with different personalities based on their own. An energetic dog wants someone to run miles with and if your uncle loves running, they may bond over a shared interest.
Dr. Lisa Pinn McFaddin concluded that a dog’s personality is similar to an owner’s personality, but a dog’s personality can change over time. Don’t fret if you and your dog are still not communicating telepathically. A puppy can begin getting new personality traits at the 6-month mark. It takes time for a pup to understand and mimic your behavior. As a furry friend spends more time with their owner, they can learn how to behave.
Don’t Lose Hope!
So, cheer up if your pup is not as warm and cuddly with you as you thought. Your relationship will get better in time. If you would like to know more about dealing with a new puppy, check out our blog.