So I've had my 13wk old pup for a little over a month now, which I realize isn't the longest time, but it seems he is bonding with my father more than me, which makes me pretty sad to be honest. Whenever he comes home my pup will get super excited and will just in general follow him around everywhere. My father provokes this though as he greets my pup very excitedly before saying hi to anyone else in the family..but that's another story
I spend nearly all my time with him (I work part time and am a full time college student), am the only one who feeds him anything, walk him every day, play with him, train him, and he sleeps in my room (crated). But, for some reason it just doesn't seem like he's connecting with me as much or doesn't see me as the leader. There is a connection between us for sure, I'm just not sure it's on the same level. I am very consistent with him though and fairly certain he knows my position.
It is worth noting that my father has 2 other dogs that he is in charge of and they stay outside until he comes home, so I'm sure my pup associates that excitement with him as well as he gets to go out and play with them. But I simply never get that excitement and attention that my father receives. I'm pretty worried that he's seeing my father as the leader/master. I'm not sure what else I can do until I move out and they no longer have contact.
I'm not sure if this is a phase or something I'm doing wrong, but I spent a lot of time in preparation for my pup because I wanted a dog I could take with me when I moved out and now it seems like he's stolen away. I could be overreacting but I've had dogs in the past that were extremely bonded to me and I miss that. Any advice on how to strengthen the bond between me and my pup?