Why Does My Dog Like My Girlfriend More Than Me? (+What to Do!)

Ever caught yourself thinking, “Why does my dog like my girlfriend more than me?” or noticed that your puppy seems to have a stronger bond with your girlfriend? It’s puzzling and even a bit frustrating if your dog seems to prefer your girlfriend, especially when you’re also trying to build a close relationship with your pet.

This article will explore the reasons behind why your dog or puppy might show a preference for your girlfriend or wife. From choosing her for walks to seeking her out for comfort and protection, several factors can influence your dog’s behavior and preferences, which we’ll explain.

We’ll also discuss what steps to take if your dog seems to like your girlfriend better so that you can foster a stronger bond between you and your dog. Let’s start!

Why Does My Dog Like My Girlfriend More Than Me?

Why Does My Dog Like My Girlfriend More Than Me?

Your dog likes your girlfriend more than you for various factors, including the amount of time each of you spends with the dog, the way you each interact with it, and even your respective personalities and energies.

Dogs are very perceptive and may be drawn to those who provide them with more attention, play, or treats. They also might feel more comfortable or safer around one person due to their approach to discipline or care.

Why Does My Puppy Like My Girlfriend More Than Me?

Your puppy likes your girlfriend more than you possibly because she participates more in feeding, walking, and playing with the puppy. Puppies form strong bonds with those who care for them and provide positive reinforcement.

If your girlfriend is more involved in these activities or responds to the puppy’s cues in a way that it finds reassuring or rewarding, this can explain the preference.

My Dog Protects My Girlfriend When I’m Around

Dogs are naturally protective of their pack members, especially those they perceive as more vulnerable. If your dog perceives your girlfriend as a close member of its pack, it might exhibit protective behavior around her, particularly in your presence if it senses competition or threat.

This behavior is more about the dog’s perception of social hierarchy and its role within the family unit than a preference.

My Dog Likes My Girlfriend Better, What Do I Do?

Building a stronger bond with your dog involves spending more quality time together. Here are a few steps you can take:

  • Engage in activities your dog enjoys, like long walks, playtime, or training sessions.
  • Participate more in daily care routines, such as feeding, grooming, and bedtime rituals.
  • Train commands using positive reinforcement to improve communication and strengthen your relationship. Training the “come” command, for example, reinforces your role as a leader and caregiver. Start by calling your dog’s name followed by the command “come” in a clear, friendly tone. Reward your dog with treats and praise as soon as it comes to you. This not only teaches obedience but also builds trust and affection.

By increasing interaction and positive experiences with your dog, you’ll likely notice a shift in its behavior and affection towards you. It’s important to remember, however, that any underlying behavioral issues (anxiety, lack of trust, etc.) that are contributing to all of this will still be present.

And until you address those, any positive changes you see will only be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like your dog liking your girlfriend more than you and all other problematic issues using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about why your dog likes your girlfriend more than you ever again!

Why Does My Dog Prefer My Wife?

Why Does My Dog Prefer My Wife?

Your dog prefers your wife, and it’s not uncommon for dogs to show a preference for one family member over others. This can be due to a variety of reasons, such as who feeds them, their tone of voice, or even the amount of time spent together. Understanding why your dog prefers your wife can help in creating a more balanced relationship between you and your furry friend.

Why Does My Dog Prefer My Wife for Walks?

Your dog prefers your wife for walks possibly because she might engage more during the walks, or it could be her approach to walking him. Perhaps she allows for more sniffing or chooses routes that are more interesting to your dog. Sometimes it’s even just that she lets your dog bark at other dogs on walks and you won’t.

Walks are not just physical exercises but also mental stimulation for dogs. Your wife’s interactions during these walks, such as her enthusiasm or even the pace at which she walks, could be why your dog shows a preference for her company during these outdoor adventures. Learn how you can build trust with your dog in the first section.

Why Does My Dog Prefer Sitting With My Wife?

Your dog prefers sitting with your wife and maybe even takes your spot likely because she provides a calm and comforting presence. Dogs are very receptive to human emotions and body language. If your wife is more relaxed or gentle in her demeanor, your dog might be drawn to her for comfort and security.

This preference can also stem from the way she interacts with the dog while sitting together, such as petting or speaking in a soothing tone, which reinforces the dog’s sense of safety and affection towards her.

Why Does My Dog Prefer Women?

Your dog prefers women possibly due to positive associations formed early in life or simply a preference for the softer voices and gentler touches often associated with females. They may have also had negative experiences with men in the past.

Some studies suggest dogs might be more at ease around women due to their less imposing presence compared to men. This preference can also be influenced by the nurturing manner many women adopt when interacting with pets, making dogs feel more loved and secure in their presence.

In conclusion, while it’s natural for dogs to show preference, there are ways to strengthen your bond with your pet. Regular, positive interactions, like playing, training, and simply spending quality time together, can help build trust and affection between you and your dog.

You’re probably ready to begin now that you have all of your questions about why your dog likes your girlfriend more than you answered, so I’ll let you get started on things. Good luck, and thanks for taking a look at our article “Why Does My Dog Like My Girlfriend More Than Me? (+What to Do!)”.

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.