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by Bob McKown on 01 June 2012 - 19:06

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 Just curious:

                        I,ve always found my females (K9) Bond closer to me then my males. My females are very reseptive to my emotions more so then the males. For instance My males have always been aware of when I was sick or nor feeling well but my females 2 inparticular were very concerend when I was ill they would lay with me in bed and never get very far away. My females were more concerened with me being pleased during obedience then my males. I think it is just easier for me to form a strong emotional bond with my female dogs ? has any others found this simelar or just the opposite.   

by DDRCzechFan on 01 June 2012 - 20:06

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Absolutely, Bob. 

I was a FIRM believer in owning female dogs (I, myself, am female) and then, I had two male dogs. Both of which have bonded closer to me than anything I could've imagined.

My females were obedient and hung on my every word, but the current male I have (Beau) and a male I've had in the past, (at the risk of sounding egotistical) in essence, worship the ground I walk on....I can do no wrong in my MALE dog's eyes.

In MY opinion, my two males were also FAR more affectionate than any of the females I had ever owned (both GSD and other breeds) and much more in-tune to my emotional state. I loved my females, don't get me wrong but there was never the "closeness" I find with Beau.

Just my own experience, though.

by DDRCzechFan on 01 June 2012 - 20:06

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Likewise, I have not bonded with our pitbull, Delilah. She is my husband's dog through and through. 

She also prefers the company of male relatives to that of me. 

I think dogs have their preferences too. Who knows, with the females, maybe it's the hormonal thing? I know us human females tend to get a little (I use this term loosely) batty when it's "our time of the month" and my females could always sense that and steered clear of me. LOL

by OGBS on 01 June 2012 - 20:06

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I wholeheartedly agree with you.
I was thinking the same thing when in discussion in your other post about the breeding you are looking at. Female dogs with male handlers usually bond better and are probably much more compliant with male owner/handlers.

by fawndallas on 01 June 2012 - 20:06

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I think dogs have their preferences too. Who knows, with the females, maybe it's the hormonal thing? I know us human females tend to get a little (I use this term loosely) batty when it's "our time of the month" and my females could always sense that and steered clear of me. LOL

So very true.  Rose hangs on my every word or move, but during that time....she gives me an extra 10 feet clearance and looks like she is tip toeing beside me during our walks. 


by Niesia on 01 June 2012 - 21:06

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My female is closer bonded with my hubby than me. Even though I was the one that spent all that time and did all the training with her. Don't understand me wrong - she's loves me and is perfect with me, but Tom is number one. If we play 'attack' - if I 'scream' for help she is looking like "What did you do to deserve it?", when Tom 'screams' she comes to help him and nudges me - "Mom, leave him alone"...

Now, with my boy, he'll jump into fire for me and doesn't care about my hubby much. He's obedient and listens to him perfectly, but even my hubby says - he's YOUR boyfriend... And I think that's the difference with men bonding better with females and women bonding with males. My boy is extremely affectionate and gets really happy and excited when I'm pleased with him (not so much for my hubby). When we do obedience, he starts his prance when I call him "Good Boy". He's the one that will lay or sit next to me for hours and take every petting I can give him. A big, fuzzy Teddy Bear with giant warm tongue...
But females are much easier to train, more enthusiastic about doing things -t least that's my experience. My boy wants to please me, works for me and not for treats/toys but often he's got his own idea how it should be... And often he behaves like my boyfriend and not a 'dog'... Few days ago I had to pick him up (80+lb) and carry him across the house to show him that he doesn't make bad decisions ('trash diving') and runs away from me when I call him...

by Red Sable on 01 June 2012 - 21:06

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I agree female dogs bond much closer to their handler than males.  That has certainly been my experience.

by trixx on 01 June 2012 - 21:06

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i have trained one of my females from a young pup and would say she really is my dog and my male i got at 4 months i did the training but he really does not show any one as his fav, all are his friends, my older female i  got when 6 years she  likes both me and my husband, but even at an older age she has bonded, i have also had other breeds one was a male shep/ border collie cross and he bonded so well if he could crawl under my skin he would , so i also think it has to do  as with personallty, but from my experience females do bond alot more than males. obedience is alot easier on the females , meaning they want to do it my shep male could care less..

by Hired Dog on 01 June 2012 - 22:06

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In the last 33 years, there has been ONE dog, a female, that was strictly MY dog and lived solely for me to say "good girl Rina" and that was Rina von der Fasanerie. She lived for me, breathed for me, would do ANYTHING and go anywhere I told her to go for me...
I find females to be more tractable then males, I find them to be hugely superior when it comes to detection work, they are able to focus better, they dont give you as much crap as some harder males do and that makes my life somewhat easier.

by alboe2009 on 01 June 2012 - 22:06

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Definitely interesting........Before joining the Military I had a female GSD with six pups. She loved me to death. Gave them all to relatives. During the Military had a pair of Chows, (for 17 yrs) and didn't want to show a preference to GSDs so I waited till they passed. The Male, Ky-Lin was pretty much a perfect dog, even with children and he was special. The female, Sasha, was a very close second. BUT....... she went above and beyond to show her love for me. She would due a ton of things either differently or just for me. If I was dating and that person came over to the house and we were or went to sit on the couch, Sasha would get between us and nudge her a little to the side. Everywhere I was, Sasha was.  Ky-Lin was an awesome dog and we had a great, strong bond but at times he was content just by himself. If we were in the truck Ky-Lin wanted to be in the bed. Sasha wanted to be up front. At night, in bed,  Ky-Lin could be anywhere, Sasha, attached to my hip or feet.

Now the GSDs; Reiker just turned 10 in March and up to three years ago in April he was the only one and did everything with me. Now due to the girls everything is divided at times. But the girls thrive to please me, thrive to be with me and go everywhere do everything. Doesn't matter if I'm in the house, outdoors or in the truck the girls want to be there. At my feet, at my side! Now, Reiker loves to go for a ride, loves to train, loves to be outdoors, loves to run. The girls just love it a little more with more intensity! The girls will stay on the bed the entire time. Reiker will be down on the floor at the ends or sides or downstairs. What's funny is the girls will jockey to see who can be closest to their Master. Nudge the other right out of Poston to be at my feet. It's almost like they are competing for me. Working, training, playing, running harder, faster, longer! Awesome but a little funny at the same time. I say over and over when you have multiple dogs it it so much easier to see them doing everything but especially proving, displaying themselves and their individualism.


by macrowe1 on 01 June 2012 - 23:06

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I favor females over males. Females seem to respond better to commands and corrections than males, plus I've found it that they like to be by your side moreso than males.

by Ctidmore on 02 June 2012 - 00:06

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I definitely prefer females. They have ALWAYS been the easiest to train and put titles on for me. My males would finally get their titles but it always took them longer and a lot more work and trips to the shows. It seems you always have the females mind, but the males tend to get other things in their head and seem tougher. I have had males that I just LOVED but prefer females. :)

by swingfield on 02 June 2012 - 00:06

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I prefer males over females.. my male respects and adores me.. our house female.. loves my husband and just 'listens' to me out of respect.. my male throws himself at my husbands feet in submissiveness .. typical pack mentality here ~~ !!

by GSDPACK on 02 June 2012 - 01:06

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yah, I agree the females here genuinely like me, my male tolerates me... I am his bitch.Then I do have to admit that I am OK with that.

by Nadeem6 on 02 June 2012 - 02:06

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Last dog was a female rough collie.  Current dog is a male GSD.  For me personally they both bonded equally to me.  I wish they would both have left me alone a little more and were a tiny bit more aloof. 

I think it might have to do something with me being so very irresisitable though :)

by darylehret on 02 June 2012 - 04:06

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The common thread seems to be whichever dog  selflessly concerns itself most with our needs and desires.  Contrary to most here, mine is a male, and so am I.

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