Is Your Dog Getting Enough Attention?

For a happy dog, human attention is important.

Do you spend enough time with your loved ones? Partners, friends, parents, siblings, children: you can all just tell us if you feel like we are neglecting you. Your four-legged friend can do it too, but not with words.

Instead, your dog shows, primarily through his behavior, if he wants more attention from you. One thing’s for sure: Dogs are highly social animals. If they are left alone for too long, they feel unhappy.

Here’s how you can find out if this is the case with your four-legged friend:

Your Dog Wants to Get Your Attention with This Body Language

Anyone who knows how dogs want to draw attention to themselves quickly recognizes the typical signs. Many dogs become very compulsive when they need more attention and affection. This can be seen, for example, in the fact that your dog follows you everywhere, leans against you, sits on your feet, or climbs on top of you when you sit down.

Does your four-legged friend “bow” in front of you while stretching out his buttocks in the air, wagging his tail? Then he will most likely want to play with you.

Problematic Behavior of Lonely Dogs

Especially dogs, who are often left alone at home and suffer from separation, also express their feelings through problem behaviors. It may be excessive barking or howling. These dogs often bite or tear apart objects. Even when four-legged friends notice that their people are about to leave, they get stressed. For example, when you ring the keys or put on your shoes.

Some dogs also joke when you’re at home, but you don’t give your dog enough variety. In both cases, the output is employment.

Take regular breaks to play with your dog. And if you are away from home for a long time, you can please your dog, for example, with a vending machine or a feeder. In some cases, only consistent training will help train your dog to be alone, preferably under the guidance of a professional trainer.

For Your Dog, Attention is a Sign of Your Consent

The attention a dog needs is very individual. Some dogs want to be stroked, cuddled, and they need a lot of praise or cooing. Others are more relaxed and independent and accept whatever you give them, but they don’t necessarily like all the attention you want to give them. So, in order to know the best way to pamper your dog, you need to know his temperament well.

Regardless of the shape, attention will show your dog that you are accepting it. As a natural beast of burden, it gives him a sense of security and belonging.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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