ThinkstockQ: I spend all day at home with my dog, but he likes my husband more than me. How can I get my dog to like me more?
A: Although dogs don't mean it as a personal jab when they give us the cold shoulder, it's only human to have hurt feelings.
Begin by ruling out fear as a reason your dog is not as available to you. Does your dog cower or hide, urinate or defecate, or act aggressively by growling and lunging? If so, fear might be the reason. That is a complex issue and you should discuss it with your veterinarian immediately.
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However, if fear is not the root cause of disengagement, there are ways you can build up your friendship. The more your dog associates you with "good things happening," the more he or she will want to be around you.
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