When my friends came to visit, my dogs became attention seekers.
When we (me and the two old dogs) are here alone, we don’t interact a lot. They nuzzle me if they need something. They look up and wag when I get home but don’t usually run to greet me.
Generally speaking, they would rather sit on their comfy beds than sit by me for a pat on the head or scratch behind the ear.
However, when my friends came, suddenly, they could just not get enough attention. Constant head rubs, scratches. They would rotate around the room, stopping at each chair for attention. I thought the dogs would expect it to continue after the visitors left, but, no, they are back to their normal lazy selves.
Apparently, I am not as proficient in belly rubs and ear scratching as my visitors, and the dogs know it.