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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2017, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question Choosing the Favorite


So I have recently acquired a German Shepherd puppy. He is 9 weeks old. I have a couple of questions regarding his personality and mental development. To start, I am raising my puppy with my girlfriend. That being said, how do I ensure that he bonds and connects with me as his owner over her? Not that I don't want him to like her but he is my dog so I would like to ensure he thinks that too. Also, he is not one for much affection. He doesnt mind a belly rub and petting but he always whines and whimpers if you try to hold him or cuddle him. Does that mean he will always be less affectionate or is that a side effect of being raised outside with minimal attention his first 8 weeks?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2017, 09:24 PM
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Since your puppy enjoys belly rubs and petting, that seems to me that he is very affectionate. It is understandable that he is stressed when he is held or cuddled as not all pups enjoy that. For bonding with your puppy, a gentle game of tug and let the puppy win is one way.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2017, 09:40 PM
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My puppy was to busy biting me to like a good scratch. He did not like to be cuddled or held. Give it time.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2017, 10:48 PM
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If you want to tip the odds your favor be the fun guy. Teach him to play fetch, tug, and take him out for hikes. Take him to train and to the park and let your girlfriend be the one to take him to the vet, that should about seal the deal.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2017, 10:54 PM
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My guy didn't like to be petted and cuddled much as a puppy... but now that he is a nearly a year old he comes looking for scratches and pets... he still isn't a fan of being cuddled tho which is fine, I'm not one for cuddling him either

I agree with being the fun guy, play the fun active games, do the wrestling, be the one who is silly and exciting... you'll def be the favourite then.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-12-2017, 12:43 AM
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Don't favor the puppy over your girl friend (just some advice from a 'a mom').
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