asked in Animals+Birds by LEGEND (6,086 points) 3 27 50
A friend of mine, or two of them had dogs and both left the house because maybe they don't like living with them? It made me think, are dogs picking their owners? Is there something like that?
replied by ELITE (3,548 points) 4 24 91
There is a possibility that dogs can choose their owner even though it's supposed to the other way around. I actually saved a dog from horrible accident and he doted on me immediately. 

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answered by ELITE (3,008 points) 4 13 28
I don't think that there is anything like the dogs making choice of who is going to have them. The thing is that when we are taking care of animals, it is always essential for us to take a longer look on the need to do that with love. I have seen people that don't show compassion to the animals that they have and when such animals decides to leave the home, you tend to see that it is going to be difficult for the owners to find them again.

The thing with taking care of animals with compassion and love always entails that we should train them with good food, ensure that we give them better shelter and in most cases, play with them. You can't tell me that you will have a pet and you won't create some time for you to play with them. Having a playful time with them will always create a nice connection with them.
replied by LEGEND (6,086 points) 3 27 50
One thing is for sure, if they can escape the life that they don't enjoy, they will escape from it. It is more about the life they will be having. Some of them have choices to stay. They stay because they value their owners for deciding to have them and be part of the family.
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answered by VISIONARY (9,009 points) 7 17 68
These sounds funny to me I'm just wondering if animals have grown to that stage of deciding whom they really want to dwell with. I think it mostly about the treatment meted out to them that causes that than the dogs trying to choose whom they want.

I think it like we humans living more with people that are accommodative and tolerance of us and it looks as if we chose to live where we are, most times it isn't about the people we are living with but more of where we find comfortable enough. I don't think it possible for animals even dogs to choose their owners I'm sure they can live with anyone but the truth still remains that the treatment they get will determined where they will love to stay irrespective of whom they're living with.
replied by LEGEND (6,086 points) 3 27 50
I have a dog that we adopted and he really don't stick with us . He choose to be with other owners. I really want to have him back because I pick him up from adoption group, I did it. he stayed with us for 4 days and still he managed to come back to the house of our neighbor. I think he doesn't want us, and I got the thought from the neighbor because he said "hey he pick us as their owner". That was a  heartbreaking for a 7 year old me. 
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answered by LEGEND (6,082 points) 7 22 49
There is nothing like dogs having choice in deciding who to live with or who their owners could be. Dogs are submissive animals that cling to whoever meet their needs. If a dog discover that you are not always there to provide them with what would make them remain glue to you, they would definitely find another man that would do all that for them.

As for the case of your friends, I guess they weren't playing their cards right in ensuring their dogs remain loyal to them. Maybe they were too busy for them, which caused the dogs to abandon them. If really they were always feeding the dogs with the right dog foods such as bony meats, they won't have any other choice than to be submissive to them.
Lastly, dogs only know the owner that takes care of them through constant feeding of them with the right dog foods. And once this is done, nothing would ever make them want to leave the owner for a total stranger.
replied by LEGEND (6,086 points) 3 27 50
I agree. I think the one that picked them and the one that gave them shelter, they do not treat them as their master but also their parents, regardless if they are human and they are animals. 
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answered by ELITE (3,663 points) 7 14 56
Have you watch the movie "Dog Purpose"? It is something like that. The dog will pick his owner because has a strong sense. They have abilities if the person will treat them right or not. How the dog's behave is depends on how his owner train or treat him.  I have seen this movie also The Secret Life of Pets, which really good movie to watch about pets. The dog will leave his owner because he wasn't treated right from the very beginning.

To become a pet owner you have to treat it as part of your family. The pet has feelings to,they will feel whatever you feel.They will protect you from anyone that will harm you. I watch this movie Alpha, and its clearly shows there, no matter how the dog threat you bad, but if you treat them right in return, they will protect you.
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answered by (910 points) 1 3 12
Dogs don't necessarily have the mental capacity to pick out their owners - their instinct is usually to go towards the nearest human and try to befriend them. Most of the time, when dogs run away from their owners, it's because the door was open or they got caught up in the moment and decided to chase after something. Then, they get lost. Of course, dogs may also run away from abusive owners, since it's an instinctual reaction to try and get away from whatever is causing them harm. However, once again, I don't think dogs have the psychology or mindset to voluntarily pick their owner. This would suggest some kind of analytical thinking that allowed the dog to weigh the pros and cons of each owner.

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