|Barked: Thu Mar 10, '11 5:52am PST |
|I think it depends on the dog and the owners.
Our family dog Bichon Toby in undeniably my dog. Which is kind of weird since we got adopted him at five months right before I went away to college. I saw him when I was home for a weekend every so often, and when I came home he followed me everywhere 24/7. Seven years later it is the common joke in our family that he is my entourage. He will hang with the family, love on them, but if I leave the room for anything he follows.
Kodie on the other hand, a spoo I rescued when he was six, is my dog as well. I adopted him, I rehabbed him, and I have had him the majority of the time. However, he is really more of a true family dog. He seems to like everyone equally, and generally won't follow me unless he feels likes it. I sometimes think its weird that I just don't feel that tight connection with him considering how far we have come with him, but there it is. It confused me for a while b/c of my tight connection with Toby, but I have accepted it. Its prob. not due to being male, but his past and personality.
Generally I think you have to look at other factors such as breed, personality, the dog's background, your family dynamics, and even then I think some dogs just seem to like one person in the family above all.
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