I've always read how affectionate and lovings GSPs are. Up until now, this wasn't the case with Sadie. When given the opportunity to sleep on the bed, she chose the floor. When given the opportunity to sleep on the floor in the bedroom, she chose a room by herself downstairs. When put in a position to cuddle with either my wife or me, or sometimes both, she chose her own place, usually near us but not with us. Well, she just turned two and that seems to be changing quickly. While she still chooses to sleep in her own space downstairs, she is definately more loving and cuddly and affectionate over the last month. Now she seems to seek out closeness with us, where before that was not the case at all. Her favorite thing now is to nuzzle us, especially the ears, with lick or affectionate soft chew. Gotta love dogs.
Kintra was cuddly to the extreme that she would make it difficult to get up from under her and she always had to be in contact - she was a complete and utter plaster, which we loved. So Keely's more aloof ways have taken a little getting used to. Attempts at long-term contact always resulted in her walking away, getting off the couch, and sometimes leaving the room altogether so we didnt really push it as she obviously wasnt comfortable with it. But, for the last week (since our holiday in close confinement in the campervan) she has definately turned into a complete and utter snugglebunny
The only difference in their upbringing is that we initially didnt let Kintra on the furniture so we spent a lot of time on the floor with her (in her environment i suppose) and we were REALLY accessible to her - plus she slept on my chest for 30 mins every morning before i left for work so maybe that made her comfortable. Whereas Keely just decided "that's my spot on the couch, move over mum!" and never had to try hard for a cuddle!