I think my boyfriend is in a similar position as you are.
He always asks "why doesn't he like me as much? How come he follows you so much?"
In my house, I see several reasons for this: His "praise" voice is exactly the same tone as his "correction" voice. For guys, this is probably a challenge! But make sure the pup can differentiate what your voice means.
Also, I feed the dog, I train the dog, I clean his eyes and ears, trim his nails, I take him to the vet. I drive him places, I socialize him, I do the "work" - the dirty and not-fun stuff as well as the play. Bf does only walk and play but I think taking a caretaker role can help you bond too with the dog. Ward wants to follow bf when he goes outside for "fun" but for any other situation, he comes to me. I think having a well-rounded role and over-arching role in your dog's life is what seals that bond. Joining a class or a group helps a lot too, as someone said.
Warden - Sable GSD 4/23/2013
Blackjack - Black and tan GSD 4/23/11-6/1/2012
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