Dogs are by far the most popular pets in North America and Europe with it being estimated that almost seventy percent of homes have a dog. Although the vast majority of those dogs do love their humans unconditionally, we have noticed more and more people reaching out and saying that their dog likes everyone else but them.
With people leading busier and busier lives this is becoming an increasingly popular problem due to being not being able to spend much time with their dogs and dog sitting services becoming more popular. This can sometimes cause issues with the dog forming bonds with the people who run the dog sitting service rather than its owner and we only expect this to become a more common problem in the future.
As we see so many people reaching out saying that their dog likes everyone but me we wanted to publish our own article going over the most common reasons that your dog may like everyone else as well as how you can help get your dog to like you more. Unlike some other problems with dogs, it really is not hard to get most dogs to like you so it is often much easier than people initially think.
Why Does My Dog Respond To Everyone But Me?
Most dogs are easily excitable and will often try to make friends with as many people as possible making it very common for your dog to respond to other people in the hope that they get attention and treats from the new people. Some dogs know that you will give them attention and treats no matter what but other dogs see their owners less than other people such as dog sitters so they can form stronger bonds with other people.
It is also common for some people to give dogs more attention than their owner too encouraging the dog to be more responsive to other people. For example, you spend the full day with your dog and most people can only spend around an hour a day focused on giving their dog as much attention as they like where as your dog is left to do its own thing for the rest of the day.
When your dog gets to play with someone else they may only be with your dog for a couple of minutes but the full time they are together they are playing. This can cause some dogs to think that that person means playtime where as you offer less playtime with your dog getting excited when they see other people.
How To Get Your Dog To Like You!
There are a wide range of methods that you are able to use to your advantage to get your dog to like you with the majority of them involving food and just spending time with your dog. Even an hour a day of meaningful bonding time with your dog can be enough to get it to like you and be more excited to spend time with you.
Although some people will be able to take advantage of dog bonding toys to help get their dog to like them quicker, this will depend on the personality of your dog. If your dog has not been socialised correctly these toys can go against you as your dog ends up getting protective of its toys and sees you as a threat to its toys.
This is why we usually recommend that our readers stick to the methods below for bonding with their dog and get it to like you more. They have been proven to work time and time again and take less time and effort than the majority of people think.
Use Dog Treats!
As most people will already know, many dogs respond very well to food, especially high-quality dog treats and this is usually the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to get your dog to like you more. Consistency is key with these treats though and offering the treats over a long period of time rather than all at once tends to be much better as it keeps reinforcing the bond with the two of you.
Bond With Your Dog!
Simple bonding time can be another quick and easy win to get your dog to like you and this can literally be as simple as letting your dog lay on you while it naps as you watch TV in the evening. Simply playing fetch with your dog can also be enough to get bonding well and something like a Kong toy with Kong treats in the toy helps to compound the treat tip covered earlier too.
Let Your Dog Know That It Is Safe To Play With You!
It is very common for people to be so busy making food when they get home from work and then have to get the other chores around the house done that they forget to play with their dog. This can cause your dog to put walls up and not play with you due to this being considered the norm for your dog. Simply playing with your dog and actively setting time aside to play with your dog so it knows that it is able to play with you can help your dog like you more.
Spoil Your Dog Once In A While!
This is one of the easiest ways to bond with your dog and get it to like you and it can be as cheap or as expensive as you like. Simply setting aside one day a month to absolutely spoil your dog with playtime, treats, and walks can quickly help your dog bond with your and get your dog to like you more. You can integrate treats and high value foods on the spoil day and take your dog for extra long walks and play with it for most of the day.
Maintain Consistency With Your Dog!
Consistency really is key with dogs and if you are not consistent, it will send mixed signals and cause confusion with your dog. You have to keep bonding with your dog moving forward to keep it interested in you and ensure that it likes you more and more with each time yous spend time with each other.
That brings our article going over why your dog likes everyone but you and how to get your dog to like you to a close. We hope that we have been able to explain the most common reasons that dogs may not like you but make like playing with everyone else they meet. This is most commonly due to a lack of bonding with your dog but thankfully, you are able to use the methods covered earlier in the article to bond with your dog to help it enjoy playing with you.