I have a 2 year dachshund who’s always been loyal to me, never goes to…

I have a 2 year dachshund who’s always been loyal to me, never goes to sleep until i go and favors me over my wife. I recently deployed for 9 months and came back yesterday and he has done nothing but growl at me and bark at me if i pet him. As soon as I walk away he cries and wants my attention and follows me everywhere its just when i pet him he gets mad. Could it be he’s mad at me for being gone for 9 months ??

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Laura
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First, thank you for your service.

To be honest, it’s more likely that he’s unsure about you due to how long you were gone. Give it time. Work on obedience training and walking him by yourself…set a routine and stick with it, and that will help build his confidence.

Krista Magnifico
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I agree with Laura. Be patient. Be a kind generous parent and try to also be the person who feeds, walks and stays quiet and gentle. It takes time to rebuild a bond. Especially when your pet thinks you are a visitor. Best of luck. Welcome home.