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Curious behavior that I need some insight into
So Cloud is a male, almost 5 years old and we've had him since he was a puppy. My mom and I raised and trained him for most of his life. He isn't super affectionate, but he can be very playful and is generally well-behaved. We had a few issues with him resource guarding particular things (mainly kongs with peanut butter and occasionally his food bowl). Now those aren't really the issues I'm here for some insight and advice on. So.. some more background info, Cloud would hang out in my room, would frequently come in with a toy and request a play session, and just be more present wherever I was in the house. He'd follow me to the bathroom, and lay down by the shower door when I was showering. Before I go to bed I usually read, and he would come lay down on the bed while I read until I went to sleep. When sleeping he had a habit of moving around from one room to another (usually from my room to the living room).
A few months ago my younger brother, who Cloud knows but never spent much time with (maybe 1-2 days a week on and off for a few years) moved in with us. He is currently staying/sleeping in another room. Now Cloud seems to be completely attached to him. It wasn't gradual, it was more or less instant. He follows him around constantly and I mean constantly, lays by where he sits and uses his computer or reads, sleeps by his side (which he never did with me). It almost seems as if he's guarding or protecting the area he's in. Now if Cloud is happier and enjoying his days and sleeping comfortably, I'm happy too. But there is a part of me that's perhaps a bit jealous and confused as to why he has pretty much completely stopped being "my" dog. I don't mean that in the possessive way, tho that's pretty much what jealousy is... I'm just a bit down by what's happening.
I do a lot for Cloud, and have gone to great lengths to maintain his health, and to keep him active by taking him on nature trips outside the city, hiking etc. I know, I know, it's not about being rewarded for taking care of your dog, the reward is in the love and care you extend to them but I feel sort of... unappreciated? I guess I have this vision of a dog standing by my side no matter the situation and a sort of unyielding loyalty. Maybe that's just not who he is?
Last edited by ghostcake; 11-06-2019 at 01:48 AM.