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    The late dog trainer John Holmes and his wife had a pack of dogs. John always said it didn't matter who fed or walked the dogs or whatever, it was the one who trained and worked the dogs who was acknowledged master. The dogs he trained bonded closest with him. The dogs his wife trained responded best to her.

    Most of our dogs have responded best to me. The exceptions were the ones husband Adrian chose for himself and I stood back and let him work with them although at times I was itching to interfere. For example, even though I took Weyland and Merlyn Deerhounds to work with me every day, fed them, exercised them, showed them etc. Weyland was definately mine and Merlyn was very much Adrian's hound.

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    As I am the primary caregiver, mine all respond to me as their 'master'. They are also all my animals anyway.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    Newfs tend to be particularly loyal to one person. Mine won't let me leave his sights. He loves my partner too, but I'm def his number one!

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    It's all cool. Think he got over it on the weekend when the new cat decided I was God and won't leave me alone.

    He said this morning before he left for work that he now understands that Wolfgang/Inca will more than likely be MY dog. He said that's okay if he can please get a big welder? WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    It's all cool. Think he got over it on the weekend when the new cat decided I was God and won't leave me alone.

    He said this morning before he left for work that he now understands that Wolfgang/Inca will more than likely be MY dog. He said that's okay if he can please get a big welder? WTF?

    Compensation as he may not have the dog's number one place in it's heart? lol.
    Say yes, then you can say you will take it back and get something for yourself if it is the other way around.

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    We had an Aussie Terror who was loyal to my Mum. She didn't feed the dog, us kiddies did, and she didn't train it, us kiddies and Dad did. But Mum spent the most time at home, so that was the Terror's best friend. She also teased the Terror the least out of all of us.

    Then we had a kelpie heeler cross, that was supposed to be my sister's dog, but she moved interstate, claimed allergies and refused to take the dog with her, so that dog became my Dad's dog. He trained her, he fed her. And then Dad died so the dog became Mum's dog, but would go with anyone who asked.

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    I wouldn't call it a "Master" I'd call it a leader Dogs choose their leaders by their merits, and yes, it doesn't matter if you feed them, groom them, spend the most time with them, if you don't show them by example that you're capable of bearing that title, they won't have you as their leader or master
    When I left my dog to my parents when leaving for Australia, she was fine with them, my mum was "the leader", but every time I came back, she'd just switched and I was the centre of the world, she wouldn't listen to my mum ANYTHING!!! It was sooo funny as my mum would get really upset and somewhat sad.
    Now, with my other dogs it's funny when we get home, and dogs run into my arms and my hubby stands aside calling them for a cuddle. Yes, they go to him for a second but they return to me for more. He gets a bit upset too hehehe, but I was always a dog person, ever since I was born I guess, and he wasn't, he loves them but he's not as nutts about it as I am

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    Fedra, your last couple of sentences regarding your husband and yourself is us in a nutshell. Me = dogs for most of my life. Hubby = none. He loves them dearly, but just doesn't seem to have that same understanding of them.

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