How Do I Know If My Dog Has Bonded With Me?


Sometimes, our dogs truly are our best friends. Dogs are loyal, loving, affectionate and quickly become a part of your life that you will never forget. There’s few things as perfect, content and calming as curling up on the couch with your furry friend.

We love our canine companions! We pet them, rub their bellies, give them treats, make them comfortable, and would do anything for them to show them how much we care. So, how do we tell if they feel the same about us? 

As a dog owner, you will probably end up going above and beyond to make your dog happy and show them how much you love them. This can lead you to wonder: how do I know if my dog has bonded with me? 

With this guide, we will show you how to tell if your dog has bonded to you, whether it respects you, and how you can bond with your furry friend!

How do I know if my dog has bonded with me?

When you have a dog, you can fall in love with them pretty quickly, and it will not be long before they love you back, too. But more often than not, people confuse love with having a bond with their dog. 

Whilst you can have a lovely relationship and companionship with your dog, the bond usually comes a little later down the line. For example, love is when your dog jumps up, kisses you and wiggles when you come home from work, but the bond shows when your dog respects you, and does not run away as soon as you let them off the lead! 

Whereas love is so important, a bond is essential in having a good relationship with your dog. The bond has to be built on trust, respect, and a regard for one another. So, how do you tell if you are bonded to each other? 

Well, for humans, bonding with a dog can be pretty easy on their behalf, but your dog cannot speak, so you may need to look for some telltale signs that your dog is on the same page. There are a few signs that you have a strong bond with your dog. For instance, you may notice that your dog has a deeper, emotional connection with you, as they will make eye contact, become animated when you see or talk to them, and they may rub into you, and trust you entirely. 

Other signs that your dog has bonded with you is if they always want to be near you, or follow you everywhere. They may also frequently check on you, to see what you are doing, look at you often, or keep tabs on where you are while they are walking off the leash. 

Another few examples are if your dog loves interacting with you, and can communicate their wants, needs and desires with you easily. Other dogs may be very obedient, even when you do not give them commands, as they already understand what you like. 

Another way that you can tell if your dog is very connected and bonded to you, is if you play hide and seek with them. Obviously, you hide and they seek! If the dog is very enthusiastic, and will go above and beyond to find you, then you have a strong bond with one another. 

If you are unsure of your bond, then there are a few ways to tell if you have a weak connection. For instance, your dog may not be interested in playing with you, or may seem emotionally distant or indifferent to you. They may not enjoy being petted or handled, and can seem lethargic, anxious or depressed. 

Do dogs have a favorite person?

Yes, dogs do in fact have a favorite person, and this is usually someone who is on the same energy level, or has a similar personality as they do. A dog’s favorite person is therefore often the one who walks them the most, plays with them the most, and gives them the most affection, attention and interaction. 

This excites dogs, and so you will become their favorite person. Some dogs can have a few favorite people, and may bond with a few owners. However, dogs will usually bond very strongly to just one person. 

Can a dog be too attached to its owner?

Yes, dogs can become too attached to their owners. This is usually called separation anxiety. This is because the dog can become nervous, anxious or depressed when their owner is not near or with them, which can lead to destructive or nervous behavior. These types of dogs are often also called velcro dogs as they can become too clingy to their owners.

How do you teach a puppy to respect you?

The best way to get a dog to respect you is to teach them tricks. Dogs love to please, and they love routine, without which they will try to become the Alpha and walk all over you. Have set times of the day when you do things with your dog, and make sure that you teach them lots of commands such as sit, stay, lie down, and roll over. This will establish a relationship with your dog, and will also assert your authority over it. 

How can I bond with my dog? 

There are many ways you can bond with your dog. For instance, you will need to spend quality time together, walking your dog, petting, giving them attention, and teaching them tricks. Make sure that you always use positive reinforcement, and remain calm and playful with them. 

You should also implement structure and rules for your dog, as this helps them understand how to behave, and who the Alpha is in the relationship. Dogs thrive when they can please you and gain positive rewards, and they will love following you as the pack leader. 

One of the best ways you can bond with your dog is by giving them a little freedom on walks. This means not pulling them away when they want to sniff, and explore, and not having them on a tight leash as this can cause anxiety and tension.

It’s all about having a balanced relationship with your dog. Treat them with respect, care, love and affection, and you will see the same returned to you! 

Kerry White

Kerry White is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Kerry has been writing for PetDT for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Kerry has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Kerry knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.

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