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Old 13-10-2010, 10:45 AM
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How does a dog choose it's "master"

My wife often comments that our dog loves me more than her, she's half joking and is OK with it but it's clear that Sook prefers to be with me. When we got her I was recovering from a major operation and I wasn't very mobile, it was clear from the moment we picked her up from the rescue centre that she was better able to walk/feed/train her, I reluctantly accepted that the dog would be "hers".

In spite of this Sook has bonded with me in a big way, as I've recovered from the op I spend all of my free time with her, I don't leave her alone unless I can help it ( work mostly ) I also fuss over her much more than my wife, my wife's job means that although she is home during the day she is out most evenings whilst I am home with Sookie.

I just wondered what factors determined who the dog chose as it's "master" sorry I don't like that term, I prefer friend but don't know what else to say. Does the fact that she's female and I'm male have any bearing, is it because I spend more quality time and fuss more, or can she tell that I love her more which my wife freely admits I do.

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Old 13-10-2010, 10:51 AM
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

Whoever has the best food/favourite toy/is willing to give an ear scratch at that particular moment. Buster's fickle like that. But he prefers me over my housemate
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Old 13-10-2010, 10:57 AM
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

Hi for me i think its who feeds them walks them spend most time with them,Bobby comes to all of us in house for different things but im one he cries for and looks for
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Old 13-10-2010, 10:58 AM
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

Zipper is pretty fickle - if you've got time to tickle his tummy or have some yummy treats he'll stick to you like glue.
Lilly, I'm her fav I spent the most time with her when she was a puppy and took her to all her training classes. She go to anyone just like Zipper but will always come back to me.
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

Some breeds don't choose a master. Malamutes for example are well known not to be "one man dogs" aint that the truth! I feed, exercise, groom and fuss over mine but they still don't prefer me to anyone else, little s*ds! I'd love a dog that stays by my side but with a Mal it's whoever's got the sandwich in hand, lol.
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

We've only had Harry for 2 weeks now, and he doesnt seem to have chosen between me and my boyfriend. If I leave the room he will sit and look for me until i return even though my boyfriend is there, but its the same when he leaves the room. I think he just likes us all to be together snuggled up on the sofa. (i must add this is only when he's sleepy, all other times i dont think he really cares whos in the room, he'd prefer no-one there so he can go behind the tv and chew wires )
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

Me & Freddie clicked when we'd just gotten him and were bringing him home, he was looking at me with a really grateful look (as far as dogs can look grateful that is!) & he was always tucked in my arms asleep (dribbling ) and wouldn't leave my side, then he got too heavy and doesn't like being picked up anymore.
Now he's basically my shadow, but will go with whoever has a toy though he generally brings the toy back to me.

Danny & me do a lot together so he kinda sticks with me as well, but then if someone else has food he'll be off.
He's pretty independent, though.

Pip's anyone's friend, though he sits with me when he's sick - lucky me.
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

My dog seems to like both myself and my partner equally at times but then at other times she seems to prefer me.
she can be a lot calmer with me and more obediant I think.
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

Both Toffee and Teddy consider themselves my OH's dogs ... Gypsy is def mine in her mind
But all three adore cuddles from whoever is closest and willing to hug them , lol
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Re: How does a dog choose it's "master"

I feed and walk my two, and spend all day with them. I love them more than my partner, who isn't really a particularly doggy person. He takes them for evening walkies though! I think he secretly loves them too!

Nero isn't a cuddly cuddly dog, but prefers me, and Amber is very loving to me, but has decided she is my partners dog! When he comes home from work it's like the second coming of Christ for her! When we walk them together we have had to switch dogs before, as Nero looks for me, and Amber looks for my OH, they only settle down and walk properly when they're with 'their' human. I don't mind, I think Ambers dedication to the OH is bringing him round to liking them more and more!
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