My dogs are scared of everyone but me
I got two chihuahuas from my moms coworker (who was abusing them) because she was planning on taking them to the pound, and obviously that’s not a good place for a dog to be at all. After I got them, they immediately wanted all of my attention all day everyday and are constantly following me around everywhere. If I leave for a split second to somewhere they can’t follow me, they flip out. For example, if I close the door when I go to the bathroom they sit outside the door and scratch at it, and when I leave the house for a long time I always come home to them whining and jumping all over me and licking my face.
The strange part about all this is that they never warmed up to anyone else immediately, in fact, they’re scared of everyone except for my brother and I.
When it comes to other people, they hide beneath furniture and growl and whine at them, and when I try to convince the dogs to get close to them so they’ll warm up to them, they just hide in my arm or behind me. I don’t understand why they’re like this. Also, if they’re just scared of people in general, why would they love me immediately? Is it normal for dogs to be like that? I’ve heard that dogs can sense if you’re a good person, and all the people they’ve been around since living with me are people who have abused me or someone else. Could that be why?