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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering what the best ways are to bond with my puppy. I spend most of the time with her out of the family, (she's considered my dog) but she seems to be a lot more excited to see other people. Like when my mom comes home, she gets so excited and with me she doesn't get nearly as excited. She is a family dog, but she was bought for me (I'm really not trying to sound selfish, but my family usually hates dogs, and I'm do grateful they got me such a wonderful pup). Any ideas on how to bond with her?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 08:47 PM
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Keeping the puppy tethered to you for short time periods so it has to learn your movements and habits.
Also, playing games that teach puppy basics such as their name or "watch me". If the puppy learns that you provide it with awesome things, they're more likely to bond to you.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 08:29 PM
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I think it's important that you continue to let the dog bond with other family members even if she seems to like them better. I am not saying that you do, but don't keep her away from other people on purpose in an attempt to get her to like you more. Anti-social dogs can be a nightmare. Plus, dint you want to her to be happy? If she is happy with other members of your family, then so be it. Anything else, and I hate to say it, would be selfish.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 08:32 PM
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Training classes are a wonderful bonding experience.

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It is good that your pup bonds with other family members. It helps make them a well rounded, well socialized dog.. If you are seeking that little extra special bond it will happen naturally if you are the one who feeds, brushes, walks, trains and takes care of her.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 09:57 PM
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Don't think of it as her liking other family members better- she spends a lot of time with you, so they're new and novel, that's all Play training "games" with get-out MaggieRoseLee has posted excellent links for engaging with your puppy. Training (fun training!) builds her confidence and trust in you, which is the foundation of the bond you want. Enjoy it!
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