Coney came to us from a shelter. He was just under a year old, had been severly mistreated by his previous owner - a police officer by the way - and was afraid of men because of it. My husband won him over with playing fun, treats and lovey time. He loves other doggy friends, but there were some dominance issues when we brought him home to Heidi. They worked it out, of course, and he learned how to be loved and trust people. After being with us for 3 1/2 years he is the greatest dog! He is definately Mom's baby, but just like the real kids, he loves Dad for play and goof around time. I'm so glad we found each other!