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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.”
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