johnboy31 wrote:im gona have to agree with don F on this one sounds like the pup is just real independent
tahi193 wrote:I'm certainly not a trainer but your pup sounds a lot like my Ellie. She didn't really like being held as a young puppy either. She still prefers her bed on the floor to sitting with people on the sofa and she cares nothing about sleeping in the bed with me. However, she loves me being in the room and she looks for me if I step out for a minute.
When she got big enough to play with the adult dogs she would jump all over them and actually take food (treats and chews) away from them. Since she has grown older I think some sort of pecking order has been established because she's not so bold with the older dogs anymore.
Ellie is almost 9 months old now and she will hunt things all day in the yard if I let her. She never, ever stops. If I call her she won't even look at me about 75% of the time. Sometimes calling her name gets her attention but she will only come running if she's flat out exhausted and ready to come in and sleep. We're working on that. However, she just recently went out on a pseudo-hunt and we found that she responds to a whistle quite well and pays attention to where we are.
As Ellie gets older I find that she values my attention/praise more. She's still not one to seek out affection a lot but she is still a gentle, sweet dog and seems to have quite a bit of natural talent. I don't have much advice except that I have used a clicker and food to get basic house manners down with Ellie. She's very food motivated. The downside to that is it's hard to phase out the food because she's smart enough to know when there's food and when there isn't. Sounds like we both just have clever, independent pups. It definitely makes life more challenging.
nitecapt wrote:This week we get to see what the cause of his hearing loss is. It's hard when you have a few dogs. Sometimes it looks like he's responding to sound but he may be queuing on the other dogs behavior or smells
nitecapt wrote:This guy's housebreaking is pretty tough, I take him out, run him around and sometimes as soon as he walks into the house, he will pee. Generally, he will go to the door when he needs to go out but it's surprising that he might wait till he gets back in to go.
This guy is perplexing.
Thanks again and Happy New Year to all.
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