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So I was just reading another post and it brought a question to mind.... Otis gets much more excited/hyper with me than my husband. I'm the one that gets jumped on (ouch), chewed (super ouch), and begged for petting and attention (cute but lord I'm trying to post a question). For background, we both attend our obedience classes and have discussed commands, etc to make sure we are treating him the same. We take turns walking him, playing, feeding, working, and just generally spending equal amounts of time. Any thoughts as to why he's more excitable with me? Just curious...
 

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Sounds like he might just be a mama's boy!


I've heard that for some reason, dogs often may bond more closely with an opposite sex owner. This seems to be true in my home, Nico is definitely "my" dog, while Sasha is right by hubby's side when he's home, despite that I do all the training, feeding, most of the playing, grooming, etc. DH is clearly a pack leader and enforces the rules along with me, but he mostly just plays with the dogs. Ruger hasn't met him yet as DH is away in the Marines until a short visit in May, but I have a strong feeling he'll still be a mama's boy right along with Nico.

Another thought, are you an excitable, energetic person, or more so than your husband at least? I think that can really rub off on a dog. Sasha's foster was a trainer, who despite doing things right with Sasha for helping her anxiety and aggression issues, was still having problems. It only took a week or so with me to see a huge improvement in her anxiety, so Jessi (trainer/foster) and I talked about it, and we realized that we do have very different personalities. She is very energetic, on-the-go, a bit anxious, etc. while I am very calm, relaxed, go with the flow, never get too emotional, etc. Sasha is a totally different dog now and you'd never think she was the nutcase she used to be.

I really think dogs pick up on our moods/personalities and may feed off that, so he might just be excited that you are excited. Also, do you react more to him when he does these behaviors? For instance, do you make more of a fuss while hubby ignores him blissfully watching tv? Otis just might be getting more fun out of you!
 

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Are you stepping up to be his leader, or just a playmate? You have to show him that he needs to look up to you, or at you for everything, and you are not a sibling. Do you practice NILIF? Google it or search for it here, there is a lot of info on that subject. When you come home, just ignore him for about 5 min. and go about your business. Don't talk to him, or give him any attention. His excitement over just a few days of this alone makes a huge difference.
 

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For a bit more background, our former GSD Star was my husband's dog for about 5 years before I came along. She was definately 'daddy's little sweetheart' and although she and I got along well, I was kind of cautious due to her fear issues. When we had to put her to sleep (thanks a lot Iams pet food) my husband's friends decided to band together to get another puppy for him. I was in on it and requested a male dog, kind of hoping for the theory that he'd be more affectionate and receptive to me than Star was. I do practice NILIF due to my former teacher training (had to read every book, watch every video, research every website) and it just appealed to me. So being that we are as equal as can be- pup was supposed to be his gift after all oops heehee- is he just a mama's boy?
 
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