My GSD Seems More Interested In My Sister (MOVED) - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Thirsty Dog's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 5
My GSD Seems More Interested In My Sister (MOVED)

Not 100% sure if this is the correct place for the thread or not, so I apologise in advance if it isn't.

So my GSD just turned 3 years old, and I got him when he was 8 weeks old. For his whole life, I have been the one who takes care of him. I walk him, feed him, clean him, play with him, etc. I live with my mother currently, and my sister comes and goes throughout the year. My sister usually sticks around for 3-4 months and is then away for the rest of the year.

Anyway, when my sister isn't living at home, my GSD prefers me over my mother. Every morning when I wake up, he is sleeping at my bedroom door upstairs waiting for me. (He sleeps downstairs). If I sit on the couch to watch television, he runs over as fast as he can to sit with me or play. If I am at the computer, he will come sit next to me for a pat. He seems very interested in me.

He does also go and sit with my mother sometimes too. She has her own dog who is 11 years old, which never leaves her side. But if I sit down, I'm his priority.

However, when my sister is home, I'm no longer the one he really focuses on. He will go sit with her, almost all day. If she shuts the door of the room she is in, he will sit outside waiting. If she walks around or goes outside, he follows. It seems like my sister is his favourite person.

So at first I thought that the reason for this is because he knows she won't be here for a long time, and he wants to spend as much time as he can with her. However, when my dad comes to visit, my GSD still sits at my door and still sees me as his priority.

So I'm really wondering why my dog prefers my sister? She doesn't really do anything with him, other than the occasional play or pat, but most of the time she ignores him, and he still seems so interested. I suppose I am a little jealous, because my GSD is my best friend and I'm just second best to somebody else. And I am assuming this is something that will never disappear and he will always enjoy her presence over mine.
Thirsty Dog is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 09:21 PM
Crowned Member
zyppi's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Back home to Louisiana!
Posts: 6,037
wouldn't try to figure it out.

Your pup knows you - and not sure sitting with sister is all you think it is.


Nothing is as simple as it seems or as complicated as we make it~

Attitude is everything -- Pick a good one!
Sofie AKA Ussina vom Haus Brezel
Jack von Jagenstadt
Tatty - Burmese bad cat

zyppi is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 12:12 AM
Crowned Member
Chip18's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Dayton NV
Posts: 7,215
My dogs have always slept with me. Either in the bed or the same room, Not saying that's a solution it's just how I roll!
Chip18 is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 12:30 AM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,158
Your sister must be really hot
boomer11 is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 12:32 AM
BensLife's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 142
I would feel a bit of jealousy too! My little dog at home loves it when I come home, he has always slept with me when he was a young boy and when he started growing up, he decided to sleep with my brother all the time! He would come by my bed and lay down for a couple minutes, but when he thinks I'm asleep.. He would run over to my brother and jump on his bed! It's weird, but I don't know the reason why he does this! But one thing I know is that your GSD loves you!

Sent from Free App

Mushu - 1/20/14
BensLife is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 01:11 AM
Knighted Member
harmony's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: USA
Posts: 2,364
Come on dog trainers, I don't want to touch it with ten foot pole, not right now . Try to help this person..
harmony is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 07:08 AM
The "I'm not dead yet" Administrator.
gsdsar's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,755
My guess is that, when your sister comes homes, the rest if the family are excited and happy to see her. The add in the fact that she pretty much ignores your dog, and the dog naturally sees her as more important and a stronger person.

If you feel desperate for your dogs attention, if you constantly try to make him like you more, you become weak. Your sister unknowingly acts and is treated like a leader. So he gravitates to her. The stronger leader.

Sent from Free App

"So that others may live"

Hannah vom Steffenhaus, BH, Wilderness SAR
Eisenhower v.d Polizei "Ike" Wilderness SAR, CGC
B'Lena z. Treuenhanden
Nixon vom Banach, RATN
Phoster, FEMA USAR(Labrador)
Ch. Pennywise Sticky Wicket(Dandie Dinmont Terrier)
gsdsar is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 09:03 AM
Senior Member
HOBY's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: The Berkshires USA
Posts: 426
As a complete pack [family] your dog is welcoming your sister back to the pack. The dog remembers her smell, her voice [dogs like to hear the high pitched voice of a woman or child], her body language along with how your sister engaged contact. In a revolving visit like long term coming and going with a person she has known from puppy hood she is excited to see her.
I went through the same kind of thing with my GSD boy Zac [RIP] and my daughter. We got Zac as a 8 wk pup. My daughter was a kid when we got Zac. She played with Zac all the time even though I took total care of him including training. When she went away to college and came home I was chopped liver even though she didn't spend a lot of time with Zac. Same thing when she joined the work force in another city. I never felt bad about it at all. I loved their relationship and the comradery of it all.

Last edited by HOBY; 03-08-2014 at 09:09 AM.
HOBY is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome