..... HAS BEEN DRIVING ME NUTS!
I don't know what I was thinking. Hey honey lets get a puppy, Wow that'll be fun. :shot: Not quite... but we love her anyway.
Honestly the last three days I have really been seriously considering sending her back to the breeder. I can with 100% confidence say I have NEVER seen a puppy behave anything like she does. It isn't that she's bad, far from it and god bless her she is smart. Par for the course with most spoos. However,
It has become astoundingly obvious in the past week that she didn't really care to associate with us two legged family members. She would much rather be joined at the hip with Jazz, or off on her own.
So we quickly reached a point where we had three choices,
b)send her back and look for a puppy who had better human social skills right out of the gate since I wanted a new performance dog, my two tibbies are about ready to retire and be couch potatoes.
a) let it go and she can just be a friend for Jazz and congrats you're new performance prospect flunked out before you ever got started. And you have to wait forever to get another puppy because we are at our dog limit now.
c) get really serious and see if you can correct the problem and make her a happy, well adjusted pet that you can excell in the ring.
I chose C wich as it turns out has ment major changes in our household.
I have seperated Saleen and Jazz and now they are not allowed to eat, sleep, come to work, ride in the car, or just hang out together for free. Honestly Jazz is glad for the break from crazy puppy antics. They are allowed free play, morning and evening (and afternoon on weekends when I'm home) supervised only. Saleen has to be pottied on lead with non of the other dog's present most of the time before she is allowed to play. The rest of the time, her lovely little pink six foot lead is tethered to my belt and she has to stay with me. Which is making potty training a breeze. I also, much to the tibbies annoyance, had to remove most of the "free" toys that are in the livingroom. Given the choice if Jazz or another dog is unavailable Saleen would much rather occupy her time with a free toy than give me so much as a glance. We really started to think she was deaf, seriously, because neither of us could get so much as a twitch out of her when we spoke, made funny noises, or squeeked a toy.
I have raised many a puppy with the mindset that nothing is free and all good things come from me. I control all the resources so I must be a pretty cool person. It's a great method if you have the time. Saleen is also crated at the shop with me now and I leave her from time to time with friends or family for a short while so we dont get any seperation issues. She has work for about half of her daily rations of kibble as well as other treats.The other half isn't totaly free either. Her lunch is put into a kong or a buster cube and she has to work to get it out. She she is getting fed very little from a bowl, she doesn't seem to mind which is good. She's liking the simulation now.
I am pleased to report that the turn around has surprised me :whoo: In just two days the results are amazing. Now I have a puppy who wants to be around me 70% of the time and is happy and eager to work, go for a walk, help cook dinner... whatever. Hoping she will get even better and like to be with me and be working more than she does now. She is also starting to understand that uhhh sorry a crate is just a fact of life - get over it sweetie. I actualy got a little bit of sleep last night! Whoooo!
Today was the first day of puppy kindergarden, she had a blast and of course showed off to all the other dogs lol. Several people make comments on how smart she was and how they wished their little puppy learned sit that quickly. I said she didn't learn it in the class that we've been working on ita few days now. The class' instructor was funny, She says "now wait a second, don't anyone try and keep up with Saleen, She's cheating, her mommy is a trainer! LoL" Already we've learned sit, down, and target and we're working on stay. *grins sheepishly* she's also learned a couple of different markers since I didn't realize I was teaching two at the same time until today when hubby pointed it out.
finger crossed that she gets over her "ewwww I hate people, even YOU mommy" attitude forever
It kind of hurts your feelings when your dog doesn't like you LoL.