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I have heard many times that dobermans are really a "one" owner dog. Though they make great family dogs they seem to bond with one person more? Well my girl is attached to me when im home. She follows me from room to room. She will sit right beside me to the point where she will lean against my legs. She comes and lays down whenever I do. I got to the point where when it was time for me to do something like cook supper I would crate her to keep us all safe! haha. But the problem is my husband and her. He says when Im not home that she is his "buddy" that they get along great and she's with him all day. Then when I come home she suddenly is "scared" of him. She will hide behind my legs if hes just talking to her. If he goes to let her outside she runs away from the door to where ever I am. We are both confused by this behavior. Usually I will walk over to him and she will follow and then she will pet him and kiss on him and be fine. Its very strange. Mostly very aggravating when its my day to sleep in and she wont go outside for him!!! and I have to get up just to walk her to the door! HAHA. Any thoughts or ideas?? Thanks so much! 

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Ziva is definitely my dog, although, when I'm at work, she snuggles up to my wife, and will even take a nap with my son.  She loves the entire family, there's no doubt about that, but when I am home, there's also no doubt that she prefers me.  I am the one that feeds her, exercises her, takes her for rides in the truck, and plays with her more than my wife and son, so Ziva has always been bonded to me more so than to anyone else in my family.  And every time she gets in the trash or makes a big mess, my wife reminds me that MY dog did it. LOL

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When my family come to stay, Kay must be on her best behaviour...No jumping. No mouthing. No barking. No growling. No ignoring. It's horrible for her with just one loud-mouthed person ranting at her that what she did was bad and that she'll never be forgiven and that she must do everything she's told, when she's told from here on out, yadayadayada...But having 5 people do this at once? Poor thing...The power of voice is an amazing thing. I've never laid a hand on her in physical scolding, but she flinches when I go into a rant. I take it to mean my point gets across!

 

However, because I'm an "only person", I've always been her owner, and she's always been my dog. I had people living with me when I had my last Dobie, but even he was mine. I don't think they choose a favourite. The person who walks them, feeds them, talks to them, pets them, crates them, lets them out of the crate, trained them, praises them and scolds them is the person they see strong enough to "lead them"...People often think that being nicey-nice to dogs will make them like you more. It won't. Why would a dog want to be told what to do by somebody who can't tell them when they shouldn't be doing something? It doesn't make for a "strong pack leader", so to speak. (Note, I'm not into that sort of thing. Just can't find another way to describe it. My dog is my dog, she's not my follower who I "alpha roll".)

 

Just because she's my dog, doesn't mean she won't listen to family and close friends. I discourage her from listening to people she doesn't see regularly. I don't want her to respond to a strangers commands. I use my friends who she doesn't see very often, tell her to do something, and then I'll tell her to "Wait" or do something else, so she ignores what the "stranger" is telling her to do. Just my preferance that she doesn't listen to people she doesn't know. If she ignores what a familiar person says, she's in trouble...Well, the command just gets repeated and she's forced to do it if she ignores, then praised.

 

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Hmmmm. such a fun thread.. I do believe that they pick favorites..

I adore my Sofia.. I brush her teeth, comb her hair, buy her new clothes and dremel her nails.. I walk her in the afternoons, give her three healthy meals a day and cuddle her to sleep each night

BUT

when she hears her dad come home, all bets are off.. she's off my lap and does her prancy dancy, butt wiggle strut.. zooms to the door and looks at him with the adoration of a zealot..

She's daddy's girl:

But she's Mama's baby!!

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I'm mad at my eldest son for stealing my dog. Gideon responds to me, so long as Adam is not around - but as soon as that boy comes home from school, Gideon is all over him. Poor kid can't even do his homework for a big ol' head in his lap (see pic on my " Getting Bigger" thread). Gideon loves all of us and does generally respond, but Adam is clearly his fav.

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Jade is my girl. I went out of town for a week recently and my husband noticed that while she was generally very affectionate with him she did not snuggle with him on the couch like she does with me. My other dog is a cairn terrier and is somewhat aloof so I am thrilled with Jade's adoration!

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The minpin was supposed to be "mine".  Fancy was supposed to be my husband's.  Fat chance  hahahaha  She's all mine!  But she's such a big love that I share her as in: "Somebody PLEEAASSEE unvelcro her from me for a few minutes!"  The minpin is "his", hands down.

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I'd've been screwed if Kayenne decided she liked my then-roomie more.

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Cleo is definintely my dog even though I am at work all day and my husband is at home with her.   Once I am home she is velcroed to my side - and I love it !    Having said that I do more with her, I walk her twice a day and play with her, train her and put her in her crate last thing at night.   My husband doesn't mind though.   Now Archie likes my son best, we know when it my youngest son that's home by the ecstatic noises coming from Archie.   He used to be my dog but I don't think he's forgiven me for bringing that big bossy doberman home - but its early days - its only been a year! 

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Rocky doesn't really have a favorite I don't think.  There are times when he will lay at Tye's feet and other times he lays at mine.  We both walk him and play with him.  We both give him treats and do his nails and all that too.   He's more affectionate with me that Tye I think...he will curl up against my leg more often than Tye.  But I assume that's because Tye plays rough with him and I don't.  So he's more gentle with me than him....I wouldn't say either of us is his favorite though.