Click here to learn more.
You really can’t compare the love you have for a spouse or significant other to your love of a dog — the two are very different. But it can be easy to get in the habit of showering your adorable canine with love and attention. Dogs actively seek and expect affection, while a loved one may not. This might sometimes leave your partner with a sense that you love the family pet more than you love him. Before you jump into marriage counseling, take a look at our list to see if you truly do love your dog more than your spouse.
You walk through the door after a long day or a trip away and shower your pup with hugs and kisses but don’t give the same treatment to your significant other. While your spouse might not need or want immediate cuddle time, be sure he knows you missed him just as much.
You also need to beware of causing behavior issues when greeting your dog. Trainer Mikkel Becker advises that you shouldn’t turn your hellos and goodbyes into emotional scenes because they can be distressing for your pooch. This practice can exacerbate separation anxiety and increase your dog’s distress at being left alone.
You tell him multiple times a day what a handsome boy he is, but you rarely bother to tell your husband he looks great in that suit or fantastic in that new shirt. Men appreciate compliments, too!
You might upload the occasional photo of your spouse or of the two of you together, but when your friends check out your Facebook feed, it’s usually full of pics of you and your dog. Who can blame you? That dog is so photogenic and does the cutest things. But perhaps it might be a better idea to make him his own Facebook page so your friends and family can choose whether or not they want to wade through all those dog park photos.
Nicknames are a clear sign of endearment, and there’s a good chance your guy could take offense to the dog being called “sweetheart,” “sweet pea” or “baby,” especially if the only endearing moniker he gets is “hey you.”
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
No one is sure how Spice the kitten made
it from her home in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, to Portland, Maine.
You already know about the dangers of
chocolate, but how about unbaked bread
dough and toxic sugar substitutes?
Prepare for the big event on Thanksgiving
by taking a look at the Best in Show
winners of the last decade.
We’re sharing our favorite budget-friendly
gifts, from a custom smartphone cover to
the perfect dog treats for…
From bad breath to weight loss, our
veterinary oncologist reveals common
warning signs of cancer in dogs and cats.
Even the most well-behaved dogs can
test a host's hospitality. Follow our tips
so your pup's the perfect house guest.
The plus-size Maine Coon has an adorable chirping voice and gets along with everyone, even the family dog.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.