We have all seem it happen, perhaps even experienced it first hand, from a room full to the brim with human options a canine goes for the one person that appears least enthused to see a dog, the non-doggy person, and the rest of us are left wondering why.
It’s important to remember that dogs are not so unlike humans when it comes to their interactions, which, as they are with humans, are based on their socialization and personality. A dog that was reared, or has only mostly engaged with females, for example, may gravitate towards women, even if the only woman in the vicinity isn’t really into dogs. A peppy, ebullient animal may prefer more boisterous company, just as a more introverted pup may prefer quieter types. Whether the boisterous or quiet choices actually enjoy the company of dogs may not even enter into it immediately. Finally, instinctive and big-hearted dogs do sometimes head for the one person they sense needs their company, whether the individual knows it or not.
- A confident and extroverted dog may gravitate towards a human extrovert, just as a shy dog may gravitate towards an introvert.
- A dog that associates mistreatment with a specific type of person will tend to avoid that type.
- Dogs are sometimes drawn to people that need the type of selfless companionship that they are able to offer.
“For some dogs, the desire to seek out a paticular person may be related to their level of socialization.”