You’ve just brought home a new puppy. You and your family are so excited! However, when puppy needs out at 3 AM, needs feeding, makes a mess that needs cleaning up, or destroys someone's shoes, suddenly the new puppy is your puppy. Everyone else seems to get to have all the fun, play and cuddles while you get all the work. That’s OK though, right? The new puppy will recognize this and like you best.
Well... sometimes it works this way, sometimes not! Everyone thinks that puppies automatically bond with their primary caregivers, but this is not always the case Sometimes it takes time and sometimes it takes a change in the way you interact with your puppy to get your new addition to like you. It is also important to recognize how a dog does and does not express "like". While it may seem that your new puppy likes other family members best, he may just seek them out because they play with him and never correct him. You need to train your puppy what is expected around the house and provide for his needs, and may not have as much time for fun activities. This does not mean the puppy doesn't like you. Just wait and see who he runs to during the first thunderstorm!
The most important thing you can give your dog is your time--well, besides food that is! Make sure you have lots of time to spend with your new puppy, playing, exercising, and showing affection. You will need to make sure your new puppy understands that you are the provider of all good things. This means food, toys, walks, and adventures! Don’t forget correction and socialization though, as these are important for puppies too.