|Barked: Sun Jul 21, '13 7:09am PST |
|We got Lenny at 5.5 months old, and even though he loves us- he is a hound and has no problem entertaining himself with his nose. Of our two he is the most independent.
Crash we adopted last year at estimated 3-4 years of age. He's incredibly bonded to me, and likes to be where we are (unlike Lenny who is happier off doing his own thing most of the time). It didn't take long for him to really start bonding with us in general, but with me he slept in my bed curled up next to me the first night. It was like he had belonged there the whole time. Even though he's okay when we leave to go somewhere now (before he would start to become anxious) he's not as comfortable as Lenny and he's the more excited of the two when we return. Lenny's reaction tends to be a few happy wags of the tail and then a few kisses, if we get that. Somedays he won't get out of his comfy spot to come say hello
But they're different dogs. Even though Crash is a hound mix, he definitely seems to have some pointer or similar breed in there because he's much more visual of a hunter and is much more handler focused and eager to please. Lenny is a scent hound through and through.
I definitely disagree with the notion that older dogs won't bond with a new owner. I think the dogs experiences and personality dictate how quickly they do so, but to say it's impossible is ridiculous.
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