Cody came to live with me over a year ago, when he was around 3 years old, and he bonded with me quickly. The first night, I picked him up and put him on the bed to snuggle up with me, and he has slept cuddled with me ever since. He also snuggles with me while I'm doing homework or watching TV, and he usually follows me from room to room, among other things. He is very independent though, and it can be quite a chore to get him to do something he doesn't want. For example, this morning I spent over 45 minutes convincing him it was time to go inside (he had been running and playing in our large fenced-in back yard and according to him, playtime wasn't over yet). Actually, that's nearly every morning. Like Janneke said, I don't ask him to do something that I know he won't do… no sitting in wet grass or on a cold tile floor. I also use treats that I know he won't refuse to motivate him and while training (homemade meat balls or pieces of chicken or steak).
He gets 2 long walks a day (morning and evening) and he gets to run in the back yard for a few hours in the morning and the afternoon. He can be destructive (my wardrobe last year was a testament to that), and is less so after a long walk or a few hours of running in the back yard, but I've learned not to leave things laying around, although sometimes I forget. Just this morning, I left his leash on my bed instead of hanging it up, and in the time it took me to make a pot of coffee, he had chewed it to the point it can't be used (thank goodness for Lupine!).
I crate Cody when I'm not home. He has proven to be house trustworthy when he has a canine companion or another human around, but when he's alone, he gets upset and will become destructo-dog, and then nothing is safe. I also use baby gates because he doesn't get along with the resident chihuahua (another reason for crating when I'm not home). For the most part, he will respect them, but he will jump them if there is something on the other side that he wants, like the resident cat or his girlfriend, the dachshund, so sometimes I stack two gates. I've learned to read his moods, for lack of a better word. I can tell when he will be alright if I just leave him in one part of the house with one baby gate, or if I'll need to stack two, or if he's really wound up and has to be crated.
Like you will read many times here, every dog is different, as is every situation.
Good luck, and welcome to the forums!