4 Reasons Why Your Dog Doesn’t Like You Anymore
Is your dog starting to act indifferent? Is he not showing the same level of excitement or affection every time he greets you? These reasons might help explain the change in behavior.
Your Dog has a Health Issue
A sudden change in behavior is typically an important-enough reason for you to take the dog to the vet. Your dog might not be behaving like his usual self because he is experiencing some internal pain.
Is your dog showing any worrying symptoms, such as acting lethargic, having difficulty moving, losing his appetite, or producing poop with a different color or different consistency? Confirm that your dog isn’t in pain by getting him checked up by the vet. If health is the issue then your dog is likely to behave in a similar way to other people in the household.
Your Dog is Stressed by a Big Life Change
Dogs are just as susceptible to stress when they have to go through a big life change or a sudden change in environment. Did you recently move to a new home or is there a new individual (or even dog) that has been introduced to the dog’s territory?
Just like us, dogs can get highly overwhelmed in such moments. In these situations, you might have to just give your dog some time to adjust to the new environment. Give your dog plenty of treats and praises, and plenty of exercise to get him through the anxious phase.
You Treat the Dog Differently
The dog could be ignoring you and showing a lot more affection to other members of the household because you aren’t showing the same level of positive response as others. Do you have a tendency to ignore the dog or do you typically take the role of disciplining him?
Dog owners need to understand that their own mood and behavior can influence how their dog behaves to people around them. This is especially important for puppy owners. The first six months of a dog’s life is considered a key socialization period. The social interactions the puppy experiences during this time will have a heavy influence on how he behaves for the rest of his life.
Your Dog has a Highly Social Personality
As the primary caretaker, you might feel sad when your dog shows a lot more affection to friends, family members, or even strangers! This, however, might have to just do with your dog’s social personality. In a place of comfort, a social dog might seek to interact with unfamiliar people.
One study found that in a familiar environment, animals spend more time with strangers (about 70%). In an unfamiliar environment, they prefer to spend more time with their owners. Context and location are other important factors you need to consider when you analyze your dog’s behavior.
How do I Get My Dog to Like Me?
So you went to the vet and can rule out any medical or health concerns. What are some things you can do to get your dog to like you back?
Be Patient with Your Dog
First, be very patient with your dog. Behavioral changes don’t just happen overnight. Just like when you build a relationship with your significant other, building a strong and healthy relationship with a dog can take months or even years.
Take Part in Activities Your Dog Loves
Your dog will love you like no other if you take an active role in activities your dog likes to participate in. This could be a simple morning stroll or even just feeding him from time to time with his favorite dog treats. Sometimes, your dog’s favorite activity might be something that isn’t so favorable for you.
For example, your dog might love digging in the yard. You will just need to be creative in these situations. Instead of taking these activities away from him, you could have your dog take part in a similar activity but in a different environment (e.g. digging in a sandbox).
Use Positive Reinforcement Training
It’s not easy to discipline your dog, especially when he has no idea what you are trying to say. Your dog, however, won’t trust and respect you if you start to train him via negative actions (e.g. hitting, shouting in a negative tone). Instead, build a connection with your dog by using positive reinforcement training.