Why do some dogs bond most strongly with only one person in a family?

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One reader wonders why the family dog has the strongest bond with only herself.

Many dogs bond most with whoever is their primary carer during their key socialisation period. However, sometimes a dog will favour someone who isn’t the primary care-giver. This may be because the dog’s breed and the human’s personality are particularly compatible, because the person is a source of good stuff and therefore positive associations, or because
the person gives them the most attention.

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