I found this Yahoo answer, stating dogs carry specific objects around because of an emotional attachment. I'm curious if they have the ability to form that kind of attachment.
My pug is obsessed with stuffed animals, but usually only plays with one stuffed shark. I haven't been able to pair a few specific situations where she goes to the stuffed shark, it seems random. Sometimes she goes weeks without playing with it, other times it's every day.
Her interest seems to have positive feedback for engagement with it in the near future. That makes me wonder if she's interested in the shark because I'm interested in her when she's playing with it.
Am I looking at...
- Her attachment to an object,
- A sensation,
- Or her attachment to me?
I think it could be useful to know if I am responsible for her habits like this or, if they're intrinsic.