A dog is man’s best friend. Unlike cats, dogs bond with their owners within a short period. Additionally, dogs are very loyal and provide unconditional love. As a result, it’s easy for a person to get connected to their dog within a few days of acquiring it.
However, some people are so much attached to their dog that they feel inseparable. If you become so close to your dog that you feel it’s more important than other people, something might not be right.
The good news is that you can still detach yourself from the dog and reduce the excess love you feel. Continue reading to find out how.
Why Do I Love My Dog So Much?
Unconditional love is the act of loving fully and beyond any limitations. That’s what dogs do if you provide for them and spend more time with them. Because of their unwavering love, some people may get overly attached to their dogs.
In fact, some may feel that the dog is more important than people who are not there when they need company. A dog will cheer you up when you’re bored and lonely, which creates a lasting bond between the two of you.
Another great attribute that makes people get attached so closely to dogs is their loyalty. Unlike humans who will desert you in times of sorrow or downfall, your dog will always be there for you.
It’s believed that there is a scientific basis for the dog’s loyalty. Since domesticated dogs descended from wolves, they always maintain their loyalty as they assume you’re family. Also, they reciprocate the relationship as a sign of thanking you for taking good care of them.
Dogs Elicit Primal Emotions
If dogs could talk, life could be easier for them and their owners. However, they don’t speak; thus, humans will never know when the dog is in pain, danger, or stressed. As a result, they elicit primal emotions from their owners.
The human brain, hormones, and behavior are created to respond to young, helpless mammals, and dogs are not left out. That’s why pet owners will never put up their dog for adoption just because it poops in the wrong place.
Loneliness results from being abandoned or left alone. Having no person to share your joy and sorrows is one of the worst feelings a person can subject himself/herself to. But if you have a dog in your home, it can keep you company and remove boredom in the house.
However, it can be dangerous to become extremely attached to your dog. This attachment may hurt you in the long run as you may not want to miss your dog a single bit. It’s simple, no dog can replace a human relationship as there are many things that it cannot offer.
Feel More Secure
One of the things that a dog provides that a cat cannot is security. Pet owners feel more secure when with dogs than with cats. Since dogs originated from wolf packs, they tend to protect their owners with everything they got.
So, if you don’t have any companion at home but just your dog, you may feel a strong connection. On top of that, you may feel more secure knowing that your dog will keep watch. This may increase your love for your canine friend, which may be unhealthy for you.
It’s A Trend
Some people acquire or love dogs because other people are doing so. According to data from Market Research Firm, the population of young canines doubled than that of babies in the USA in 2013.
This trend is worrying as more people prefer to get dogs instead of making babies.
Many pet parents have set aside budgets for their dogs, including clothes, health, and food. This is an indication that more people are getting attached to dogs and treat them like family. That’s why it gets hard for some people to be detached from their dogs.
What Should I Do To Stop Loving My Dog So Much?
Reduce Engagement Time
Start by reducing the time you engage with your dog. If you’ve been spending more than half a day with your dog, reduce it to 3 or lesser hours. The more time you spend together, the more you bond and get closer.
Dogs are pack animals, meaning they live for you. So, if you distance yourself from them for several hours, this may help reduce the bond that you two share.
Punish Bad Behavior
Some people tend to love their dogs too much that they cannot punish them. You should never tolerate such behaviors.
If you punish your dog when it does something bad, it will get a little bit fearful of you, and this will put some distance between the two of you. However, you should not punish it often as it may distance you for good.
Avoid Eye Contact
There are several studies that explain why dogs give humans a warm welcome and good vibe. The studies discovered that the levels of oxytocin, the good feel chemical, and bonding rise exponentially when by simply looking into your furry friend’s eyes.
As a result, you should avoid eye contact with your dog to prevent oxytocin levels from rising. Besides, you can give your dog a no-nonsense look, which they understand and won’t hang around you for long.
Get Married And Have Kids
The easiest way to reduce the love you feel for your dog is by getting married and having kids. As stated earlier, the rate at which people are adopting dogs instead of making babies is worrying.
If you have a baby, you will give them all the love in this world as it will be your flesh and blood. A dog can never replace your own descendants; therefore, it will always come third after your wife and kids.
If you feel too attached to your dog that it hurts you a lot, you can still salvage yourself. Dogs are lovely and loyal creatures that we are blessed to have.
However, when we become so much attached to them, the relationship may no longer be healthy. That’s why you have to create limits between you and your furry friend.
We hope that this post will help you become less attached to your dog but still maintain a good relationship with man’s best friend!
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
She has been writing about pet care and nurturing and wants to share her readers’ experiences, learnings, and knowledge.
Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
Her family, her entire universe revolves around her two cats, who give her endless support and inspiration to move ahead with her objectives in life. Amanda is a live example of a balanced approach to all parenthood questions we all face in life.