first day and night with a new puppy
my wife and 2 very young daughters [oldest daughter is 4 years old (and youngest is 2 and clueless) so perhaps i should say my wife and oldest daughter finally talked me into allowing a puppy into the home].
I myself was doing quite well without having a dog around but I agreed they could have a puppy only if they agreed to take care of it and not lean on me to take on additional responsibilities [which a new puppy/dog has many and I already have 2 young daughters that are 2 and 4 that are a handful].
Obviously they agreed and the wife did much research on dogs good with children and settled on the miniature schnauzer.
When I say I agreed to them having the puppy I told them that they would care for him, clean up his little prizes that drop inside the house, take him to the vet, the list goes on. However, they knew I've had many dogs in the past and thus I told them I would not turn my back to the pup and I would take him out [walks or exercise him], water him, feed him, and do the usual things that any responsible person would do for any animal when they [wife and children] aren't around. I'm a teacher so now I am still on summer break and staying up late at night (say 2am) and will be with him in the day when wife is at work and children are at pre-school for the next week before school [work] starts up for me to go back to work.
again, this is the first day and night that we've had the pup. the wife and children played with him a lot today [and he loved on them back while I mostly sat on the side-line and only held him a couple times when they offered him up to me].
but now that they are all asleep [but me] he has become my dog. as i said i am pet friendly and don't turn my back to any animal [which includes humans LOL]. they go to sleep around 9pm so he becomes my dog whether i want that or not. i pet the puppy, tell him he is a good boy, he follows me around everywhere when he is awake [as i'm the only person on the 1st floor to follow], i take him out back about once every 2 hours and place him in the backyard grass to do his business, and i must admit i pet him [and hold him close to my neck/face and tell him "he is a good boy" and pet him and hug him a little. he plays (chews) with my night shoes [slippers]. i've noticed already if i attempt to get up from the computer and walk off and grab a beer or go to the restroom or something that when he's fallen asleep at my feet that he awakes quickly which makes me less likely to go away to keep him down there sleeping.
Now to my quesiton below:
i just wondered how a new pup chooses his master. it appears now that while they are sleeping he is very dependant on me and follows my every move. however, i know during the day when they are awake i will not likely give him the attention that they do as quite honestly i won't want to expend the energy doing so and quite frankly be glad he is focussed on them and not me.
so my question is: how does a new puppy choose his/her master? At this point in time [now] I'm undecided if I want the new pup to choose me as his master or not. I'm somewhat reluctant to have him choose me as I know if you are a dog's master he/she will follow you around like your shadow follows you.