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: Rachel June 14, 2005, 08:20:38 AM
Sophie has become sooo stuburn just over the last week or so...  She's driving me crazy.  We used to be able to take her out and she would just go and then follow us around.  Now its hard to get her to leave the driveway or if she's in the grass she just has to stare at everything in the neighborhood even if there is nothing moving... I'm sick of spending 20 mins outside just to get her to pee when I have to leave for work and its the second time she's been out....She will not come to her name when she's outside even if I have visible treats in my hand!  grrrr  I'm at a loss of what to do next...She's approximatly 2 years old do you think this is a phase?  or maybe the rescue honeymoon period is over and her true self is showing... (oh I hope not)  Is it to late to start clicker training?  Should I find a trainer or maybe enroll in a obediance class for adult dogs?  Let me know what you guys think and if you've been through anything like this.  ???

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: Scootergirl June 14, 2005, 10:02:46 AM
That sounds EXACTLY like my 13 year old golden/collie mix, Oasis!! I write it off to senility because he's so old. The staring off into space even though there is nothing there is really what strikes me as similar. Oasis never used to run off and now I can't take him out without a leash because he will just take off and go deaf as I call his name. He used to be so good.

It's definitely not too late to start clicker training, but I would talk to your vet. If it is neurological (like I suspect it is with my old dog), there are drugs they can take to help keep them alert. I don't bother because Oasis is so old, but 2 is very young and I would be a bit concerned with such a dramatic behavior change in such a young dog. It's best to rule out anything physical before just considering it a training problem.
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: Rachel June 14, 2005, 10:47:05 AM
I think the problem is that she is too alert. Ears perked up and solid as a brick when just a bird flys by.  Its like she's always on her toes which distracts her from why she's really outside.  She spent this past weekend with my parents where she is off leash and always running around.  I'm wondering if part of this behavior change might be exhustion from this weekend?  but she's had a full day and a half to recover...
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: moonlitcroatia June 15, 2005, 07:27:18 PM
Pretty photo of Sophie gazing out the storm door.

I have to say, I chuckled when I read your post.  I can see her staring off at things in the neighborhood, stalling while you are in a hurry.  I've had that experience's kinda funny in hindsight.

Obedience classes are always good...and I am sure you already know that the only sure way is to be patient as she goes through her phases...They are so funny!
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: Rachel June 16, 2005, 07:58:30 AM
Thank you! thats her spot and when the door's closed she's upstairs looking out the window or laying on our feet :)    (sorry the picture is sideways)


 She starts obediance classes monday!!!!     I'm sooo excited!  I hope this will help.  She was doing a little better at listening to me yesterday. So I think maybe her behavior was because she was tired or hot.  

;D  ;D  ;D
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: Scootergirl June 16, 2005, 08:22:07 AM
I hope so. She is breathtakingly beautiful!! I can't believe she was a rescue!
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: lins_saving_grace June 16, 2005, 09:31:32 AM
Lady is like that too...she lingers outside and sniffs every inch of the yard.  But we manage.  When we walk I use one of those choakers with the prongs inside and she is a different dog.  I hated the idea at first but used it at my husband's insistance.  Now I don't leave home without it.  We don't use it in the yard but that might work for you better.  I also carry a pocket full of little bones they get when they pee and potty and that encourages them to do their business so they get a treat. 
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: greek4 June 16, 2005, 09:36:31 AM
Maybe she wants to some privacy to do her business!?
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: lins_saving_grace June 16, 2005, 09:41:59 AM
that's an idea.  Lady doesn't like it when everyone watches.
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: Rachel June 16, 2005, 10:49:50 AM
Thank you jjfritsche  I fell in love with her the instant I saw her.

LOL  maybe...I don't know if she wants privacy or not. I don;t really think she minds I always make sure to look to make she everything is looking normal (I know I know TMI   ;) )

   We use a choke but if she is dead set on watching whatever has caught her eye it does not make a difference.   Also I can hold a treat in my hand so she sees it and she still will not move.   I have also tried the 'stand in one place and don't move till she goes' hahahahaha  she decided that that must mean its time to roll around in the grass and not get up or find a bumblebee to chase   hehe  So she does really good in the house with 'come'  but not outside  I think we just need some more practice with distractions which hopefully we will get in the class.
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: Nicole June 16, 2005, 11:18:29 AM
Well, could be worse. She could be like Cabeza, who let someone climb into the window from the fire escape the other day, and didn't even WAKE UP. Seriously. Didn't even open his eyes!!!! Talk about aware of NOTHING. hehehehe!  ::) ::) ::) ::)

I had a Pit Bull that was like Sophie...he had to make sure he knew EVERY SINGLE THING that was happening in my yard, the neighbor's yards, the trees, the sky, the alley, the road, (you get it) before he would even CONSIDER going potty. And sometimes, he'd run after something interesting (a squirrel, a butterfly, etc.) while he was STILL peeing! hahah! Funny as that was, he was SO frustrating in that way! I just could NOT get him over distractions!
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: Rachel June 16, 2005, 12:04:03 PM
lol  your pit bull sounds a lot like sophie of course she finishes peeing and then dashes to try and chase something.  :)   It sooo funny how they will chase butterflies or moths and when it lands they sniff and paw at it and then when it doesn't keep moving they're confused...  I'm like well Sophie you squished your little friend eewww.

Was someone trying to break in to your house? are you ok?  Or did someone forget their keys?  I don't know how she would act if someone tried to get in our house.  She loves people and get very excited when we have company over.  But she hates the trashmen, she barks and lunges at them like they're stealing her stuff...So I don't know if she would distinguish between someone here to play with her or someone here to steel her stuff.  I hope she would.
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: Nicole June 16, 2005, 12:30:05 PM
Well, Rachel, its actually kind of a funny story. There is a kid who is kind of, um, mentally challenged in the neighborhood. He saw my cat climbing up the fire escape to get back into my apartment..we live on the third floor of a big old Victorian house, and my kitties can climb the ladder! Anyway, he saw my cat, and thought it was HIS cat (I'm not even sure if he really has a cat, but anyway) and he climbed up after him and through the kitchen window!!!

He didn't take anything, and apparantly the cat disappeared under a bed or something, so he just climbed back down. But, since he's mildly retarded...act ually, I think he may be autistic...he told the neighbor all about it when he got downstairs! hahaha! The neighbor was like, "Um, they have a really big dog, didn't it scare you?" And the guy was like, "There wasn't any dog in that apartment." So, the only way that he couldn't have seen him is if Cabeza didn't even wake up. He sleeps under my bed. (We've got a really high bed, and he sleeps under it during the day)

Isn't that funny?

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: Rachel June 16, 2005, 01:04:15 PM
LOL  that is so cute! what a great story.  I bet that boy would have freaked out if he saw Cabeza so its probably a good thing he didn't wake up  :D
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: Nicole June 16, 2005, 01:56:17 PM
Yeah, although Cabeza probably would have just walked up to him and leaned on his legs for a pet. Cabeza is about as vicious as oatmeal! hehehe! But, he still probably would have scared him, he's pretty big. And, if you don't know a dog's temperment, 100 pounds can seem very scary!

That was one thing I loved about Bo (the Pit), I always knew he'd protect me if necessary!
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: mamadog June 16, 2005, 01:56:47 PM
I say all the time, if someone breaks in here Finn will make them a sandwich and show them where we hide the good silver!!!
The funny thing is 1. We don't have nay good silver! and 2. I know he, along with our other two would AT LEAST bark up a storm and maybe more.  Finn is sweet and gentle, but they all bark when someone comes to the door or walks through our yard. But I have seen it happen once... I was watching TV and someone came to the door. They knocked once and then walked right in. Finn lost his head!!! He ran to the door barking, but meaner than usual and wouldn't let the person any further than the door. When she tried to pat him he snapped at her.  I always praise them for barking when someone is around the house... and that day Finn got extra love!! I knew the person coming in, obviously and they were scared to death and very confused by my praising him. I told them, hey, I know you, but next time it might be someone I don't know. He's doing his job.  I encourage them to bark untill I have opened the door, seen who it is and given them the command to sit.  Even then I don't expect them to "be nice" unless I give a formal introduction and tell them "this is my friend". That way if the telephone guy comes to the door today, they can't bite him. But if he breaks in tonight they can, because he isn't a friend.
But I guess you never know if it works unless someone breaks in. Perhaps I could get someone to climb in a window sometime to see what they do....

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: Rachel June 16, 2005, 02:57:26 PM
When I first got Sophie my best friend came over and just walked into my house (which I'm not too fond of anyways..but hey...) Sophie ran right up to her wagging her tail so hard...   Some guard dog  hehe  but I guess everything was still so new to her she didn't know what to do.  We did have some older kids running through our backyard the other day and Sophie started barking and my husband said 'sshh  stop barking'  I said no don't tell her that, thats her job and I want her to bark when someone she doesn't know is in our yard.  I guess he didn't think about it that way since they were kids.  It wasen't like a mad aggressive bark either it was more like  "hey, hi, watcha doin?  I'm over not around the corner i'm inside.. don't you want to pet me?"  lol    She is soo funny
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: greek4 June 17, 2005, 05:40:06 AM
My guys only bark if they can't see the person.  Once the person is in the light or in full view Rocco is ready to greet them.  If it is a male, he jumps on them (thanks to my Dad encouraging that when he was little), if it is a female he has to bump and rub against them.  Maia just backs up barking until I talk to the person or touch her.

From the outside, it would sound scary hearing my dogs bark since they both have big, deep barks but once you see the bigger one acting like a moron it's not so scary.