Is My Dog Thinking I'm His Mom?
Is My Dog Thinking I'm His Mom?
Dogs and humans have an incredible bond that extends back thousands of years.
When dogs are puppies, they smell their moms and can often recognize them even after years.
The reason for this is that babies lick their mother’s face to show submission and affection.
They’re attached to you.
The bond between dog and human is often compared to that of a parent and child. That may be true, but when it comes to raising a pet, the experiences are totally different.
Just as you may give a newborn baby your undivided attention for the first few weeks, dogs also need to feel loved and connected to their humans. They will show their appreciation in a variety of ways.
For example, they might play with you (yes, that’s a real thing). They might drop down to your level or roll over for a cuddle.
This is not uncommon in working or herding dogs, and it’s a sign of their close connection to you.
It is important to remember that a dog might become fixated on one person in your household if they feel bonded to you, says Dr. Sarah Barrack, a veterinarian and director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston. It can be hard to know how much of this behavior is part of their genetic makeup and breeding, or if it is a sign that they are experiencing something more serious.
They feel secure with you.
Dogs love to be around humans, and it isn’t uncommon for them to follow you wherever you go. They like to feel important and respected, and they love the attention you give them.
They also like to sleep with you and even on your bed, which means that they trust you. They’re inherently alert to threats, and when they sleep, they place their noses out to sniff the wind and their backs against other pack members, creating a circle of safety.
It is also a sign of love that they look into your eyes when they greet you or someone says your name. It boosts their oxytocin, which is a natural hormone that helps dogs connect with each other.
This behavior is called the Secure Base Effect, and it can be seen in small kids as well. It’s a sign that they trust you and want to have a deeper relationship with you.
They’re afraid of big dogs.
Big dogs can sometimes be afraid of small dogs. Often, they have an experience with a smaller dog that has been traumatizing to them, and it makes them scared of big dogs.
When this happens, they may act a bit submissive, flattening themselves on the ground or whining a little. That might seem like they are acting out of fear, but it’s actually a totally rational behavior.
Sadly, it can be difficult to help these little dogs overcome their fear. It could take a lot of time and patience on your part, but it is worth it for the sake of your dog.
One of the best ways to help a dog who is afraid of big dogs is by desensitizing them. Basically, this involves exposing them to large dogs in low doses over time.
They lick your face.
Dogs have a highly developed sense of taste and smell. They can pick out the aromas of things that they touch and eat, which is why they love to lick your face as soon as you come home from work.
They also like to lick your face when they’re feeling nervous because it releases pleasurable endorphins and helps calm them down. It’s something that dogs do naturally, and it’s usually harmless.
However, if you’re concerned about the potential health effects of face licking, you should discourage it as much as possible. This is because saliva contains bacteria that can make you sick if you ingest it.
If your dog is licking you for some reason that you’re not happy about, it’s important to figure out why and deter them from doing it. It will take a little bit of time to get them to stop, but once they understand that you don’t want them to lick your face, it will become a thing of the past.