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Old 02-24-2014, 10:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Both Lola and Harry (Harry more so) are mine.

They are very close to my husband and son, however they are definitely my dogs and the reason why is probably because I feed, train and groom them, we all exercise them.

That's pretty much my situation as well....even though our Kaia is civil and friendly to most anyone we are...she is still my gal...for the same reasons cited above plus I spend a ton more time with her, I think all that time together makes a huge difference.

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I think they bond most strongly with the person who spends the most time training them. My husband is at home as much as me, if not more. He feeds, lets them out, and loves them, but I am the one who spends time training them, and I am the one they listen to and follow around..That said, they are both very loving towards the whole family, and the dobie, is very loving towards any human he comes across..The GSD is slightly more aloof with strangers, although she will dutifully accept attention!
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I think they bond most strongly with the person who spends the most time training them.
Not in my house! I do 100% of the training, and every single one of our females have been Daddy's girls.
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The only dog I've had experience with being a "one owner dog" was a chow mix my ex brought home from his animal clinic job. He took him everywhere and spent time with him at home while I was working. I was pregnant and our dog hated me. Well hated if I got within about 3 feet of my ex husband anyway. He ended up re homing him. It was upsetting. I did love my little Trouble and it turned me off from wanting another dog for over 10 years.

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I think they bond most strongly with the person who spends the most time training them. My husband is at home as much as me, if not more. He feeds, lets them out, and loves them, but I am the one who spends time training them, and I am the one they listen to and follow around..That said, they are both very loving towards the whole family, and the dobie, is very loving towards any human he comes across..The GSD is slightly more aloof with strangers, although she will dutifully accept attention!
Sounds like my guy also!
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Okay so far everyone thinks that they bond with one person more intensely but in general seem to love everyone else in the family. That being said, do you think that is a GSD thing or just a Dog thing?

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I tend to think it's a dog thing, if we are talking about dogs without issues.

Chows are one person dogs but I never had one nor would I maybe other dogs are the same?

Wolf/Hybrids never had one pretty sure I never would but I am curious about them?
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Not in my house! I do 100% of the training, and every single one of our females have been Daddy's girls.
Maybe he's doing some sneaky training when you're out
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All the dogs either myself or my family have owned know the family "pack" of both humans and animals regardless of the fact we all live in seperate houses. They are greeted with enthusiasm and fawned over compared to other visitors, but they have one person in particular they gravitate to. For my three personal dogs it's been me by far, they will obey and follow the others but it's reluctant at moments, one snap of my fingers has their full and utter attention lol
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I think it depends on your definition of 'one person dog'. For some breeds, that means they have no real interest in other people, even family members, just looking to their special person. My GSDs seem to have one person that is their 'safety zone' and 'home base'. My pup loves people and is excited (ignoring me), but if I leave the room the world has ended. He wants me in view. If I'm not home, he's fine with my husband or son getting him out of his crate and spending time with him, but he hates if I just leave him with them. I have to crate him first and then they release him.
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Well Chows...yeah.
We were young and stupid not that I know everything now...but I wouldn't own another chow.

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