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Old 02-09-2014, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Has your bond with your pup grown over time?

My bond with Smokey my husky has been pretty steady. He still doesn't like to cuddle but sometimes he'll put his head on my tummy when I'm lying down. He's super independent and I don't consider him very loyal to us per say...

My bond with Zeeva my GSD however has increased with time. She lets me cuddle with her and lays down by me if I ask her to without moving until I do. In fact I think she's developed a little bit of separation anxiety we've gotten so close...

So, do you think your bond with your GSD has grown over time? Do you think dog breed makes a difference with respect to bond over time?
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My bond with Smokey my husky has been pretty steady. He still doesn't like to cuddle but sometimes he'll put his head on my tummy when I'm lying down. He's super independent and I don't consider him very loyal to us per say...

My bond with Zeeva my GSD however has increased with time. She lets me cuddle with her and lays down by me if I ask her to without moving until I do. In fact I think she's developed a little bit of separation anxiety we've gotten so close...

So, do you think your bond with your GSD has grown over time? Do you think dog breed makes a difference with respect to bond over time?

No doubt the bond improves over time....in many ways...including separation anxiety...my dog now trusts that I will return....no more separation anxiety...If I'm the last to leave the house, I just tell her "guard the house"..she doesn't even bother working her way towards the door like normal if she's going out...she knows the deal... so yeah...the bonding and trust completely becames enhanced over time as we are speaking more the same "language".

As far as breed goes, can't answer as 3 out of 4 dogs I have had, have been GSDs........have had have...whoa...

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Old 02-09-2014, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree that your bond grows stronger over time. Part of it though is that your dog is also maturing as they get older.
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Absolutely it has grown over time. It seems, at least with me and my dogs that I have had; it is a strong bond with them to me, and me to them. "The longer they are in your life, The harder it is to watch them get older"
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Absolutely it has grown over time. It seems, at least with me and my dogs that I have had. "The longer they are in your life, The harder it is to watch them get older"

Agreed....but a nice problem to have...

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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1 >>> your dog is loyal. he doesn't like to cuddle. my last GSD
was well trained, highly socialized and protective but he
didn't like hugs. i never felt he wasn't loyal besides being
loyal is something humans feel or express. i'm not
so sure a dog feels that emotion.

2 >>> her SA could be a training issue.

3 >>> i felt bonded to my pup when i send the deposit
months before he was born. i doubt he felt bonded to
me when he was born. lol.

4 >>> interesting question, very interesting.

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1 >>> My bond with Smokey my husky has been pretty steady. He still doesn't like to cuddle but sometimes he'll put his head on my tummy when I'm lying down. He's super independent and I don't consider him very loyal to us per say...

2 >>> My bond with Zeeva my GSD however has increased with time. She lets me cuddle with her and lays down by me if I ask her to without moving until I do. In fact I think she's developed a little bit of separation anxiety we've gotten so close...

3 >>> So, do you think your bond with your GSD has grown over time?

4 >>> Do you think dog breed makes a difference with respect to bond over time?
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh our bond had def gotten stronger! There were times when he was a puppy that between the crying, chewing, and poopy crate that I could hardly remember what made me decide to start with a puppy. Now, we both have to be touching the other one to fall asleep.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow I've never had a GSD that didn't like to cuddle.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think the breed matters a great deal. Our labs and now Tessa think we are their world. We had a Walker Coonhound once that was a nice dog, but personally she just didn't care. She was glad I fed her but not much more than that. I've since heard similar stories about some hound breeds.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Oh yes.. my boy is only 8 months, I've had him since 7weeks... the bond with him is so strong... I love my dog!

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