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Old 11-05-2006, 09:56 PM
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Curious as to why you leash her to you?- is it a potty training /to keep an eye on her so she doesn't have accidents thing?
If not I would stop doing it and try the opposite- crate her away from you for short periods. If she's being forced to be with you wether she wants to or not, why would she seek you out in times she doesn't have to be with you? she doesn't need to choose to seek you out-- she's forced to follow you around. Switch things up and set her up so she'll CHOOSE to seek you out and want to be with you. Sort of like playing hard to get.
Ruff Love by Susan Garett is a book you might want to read - lots of good stuff in there for teaching your dog to want to work with you.
Yes, I do leash her for potty training, watching for signs. Right now we have worked her up to where she is free roaming around the place for half an hour and then crated for fifteen minutes and then let outside to go potty (then we start everything all over agian). I don't leash her to me really anymore because it's more of a pain for me to be tripping over her and her leash while I was trying to take care of the kids.
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:38 AM
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I would limit Hollys time with Hannah. Holly could easily bond to Hannah and not to either one of you. I would seperate those two nearly completely for the next 2 weeks to allow Holly time to bond with the family and not to Hannah.
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Old 11-06-2006, 01:35 AM
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I dunno about how to approach your dog, but I don't tolerate ignoring commands very well. Though Makenzie has figured out that if he shows absolutely no recognition to my voice he can get away with some things (I have to accept the possabillity that he just didn't hear me), if he messes up and lets me know he's heard me he knows to hop to. If he doesn't there's usually a shoe, pillow, rag, or something else "shocking" but otherwise harmless flying in his general direction.

Similar things work with Buddy, though I get a much more dramatic reaction. If he thinks I'm really mad at him, whether any fuzzy inanimate objects have assailed him or not he acts like I've beaten him half to death. I've only had to get after him twice though (chasing a horse, and chasing cows...neither have been repeated...amazing learner). Most of the time he's more than happy to go to anyone who calls...because he loves for everyone to pet him...
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:06 PM
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I would limit Hollys time with Hannah. Holly could easily bond to Hannah and not to either one of you. I would seperate those two nearly completely for the next 2 weeks to allow Holly time to bond with the family and not to Hannah.
I do seperate them a lot because they play and get too rough. I have two crates so Hannah is crated sometimes when Holly is out so that I can work on commands and everything with Holly without the distraction known as Hannah . My trainer suggested the same thing as well and we started doing that. Holly does seem to look up to Hannah and will sometimes follow her led but as for bonding with Hannah she doesn't she would rather go off and do her own thing (chewing on a kong, or ball, or shoe, or sock, or couch or chair) without anyone. Although last night she did enjoy a good cuddle on the floor with me.
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:59 PM
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You cannot force a dog to bond with you. Eventually it will happen. Caza was/is VERY independent, didnt give a hoot about me. I just took him out fed him, excersized him and put him in his crate. He was not a lovable dog (so I did NOT hug him, and definately didnt tie him to me (unless for potty issues but he was already past that faze when I got him). He would have really hated me, and despised me if I FORCED him to love me. Over time we created a bond of respect and loyalty. Now we are inseperable. Give a dog space, let them be independent, over time a bond will emerge.
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Kharma was an independent little Grrrrrl as a pup. I just respected her character and treated her like an intelligent, independent creature. Now, as Grammy, Zoom, Barb and Debi can tell you, she and I are together, heart and soul.
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:14 PM
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There really isn't anything wrong with tethering a dog to you while in the house for short periods of time. It's not forcing her to "love" you. It is good for a puppy to witness the different activities that take place in the home along with all the different noises that come along with those activities. Tethering is a good way to get a pup used to this stuff and believe it or not, it does help with bonding. Read the book How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With by Rutherford and Neil.
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There really isn't anything wrong with tethering a dog to you while in the house for short periods of time. It's not forcing her to "love" you. It is good for a puppy to witness the different activities that take place in the home along with all the different noises that come along with those activities. Tethering is a good way to get a pup used to this stuff and believe it or not, it does help with bonding. Read the book How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With by Rutherford and Neil.
That book is like my puppy bible! That is why I thought up the idea of tethering but the leash got in way when I was trying to take care of the kids (she likes to be underfoot). I did it for about 45 minutes or so a day. Not anymore, she seems to like following and watching everyone but has the cat-like personality.
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Old 11-06-2006, 05:11 PM
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There really isn't anything wrong with tethering a dog to you while in the house for short periods of time. It's not forcing her to "love" you. It is good for a puppy to witness the different activities that take place in the home along with all the different noises that come along with those activities. Tethering is a good way to get a pup used to this stuff and believe it or not, it does help with bonding. Read the book How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With by Rutherford and Neil.
Actually I do believe in tethering my pup to me, but not for bonding reasons. I do it so that I always have a connection to it, because at a young age they dont know whats off limits. I dont force myself on my dog though. I do it for behavioral problems not bonding.
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Old 11-06-2006, 05:21 PM
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I didn't really "bond" with my dogs until they were much older, btw. I was a food dispenser, toy thrower and itch scratcher to them until they were about 1.5 years old. I'm still all those things, but our relationships have gotten a lot more loving.
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