...as dog behaviour that is breaking my heart. Hello, I have just signed up because I am desperate for advice. Has anyone experienced lack of bonding between a family member and their dog? My parents got a new puppy 2 and a half years ago. Our old family pet had passed, who was my dad's loyal and loved companion. Over 2 years after getting their second dog, and the lack of bond between him and my dad is causing resentment and sadness. I have now moved out but every time I visit it upsets me to see a withdrawn dog and frustrated father He talks about rehoming the dog, because he feels wounded, but I feel as though the poor dog can sense the bad feelings and it's driving the wedge even further. How can we move forward and create trust between them? Should I offer to have the dog stay with me? Would some time apart to reflect do my dad good? Is it fairer to do the hard thing and put the dog up for adoption? Any words of advice from anyone who has dealt with a similar problem will be gladly received.