I wonder if the parents of the pups make a difference in how they develop personalities and how they react to different situations? Reading about all of your experiences, all the different pup parents is so interesting. Depends if there are children in the house, other pets (cat or dog), socialization, work situation, crate training, etc., as well, I'm sure.
I am amazed every day at the total attention and devotion Wyot has to either one of us. He always has direct eye contact , except when he knows he has done something he shouldn't....he loves his hugs and cuddles, and knows when these come- in the morning as we have coffee, anytime we come home after we've been out and he was at home, and at night, while on the couch, watching TV.
I am with him at home all day, usually, and he follows me from room to room, and loves to lay wherever I am. If I walk around the house, it's funny to watch him looking at me, saying "will you make up your mind where you're gonna be, so I can lay down already???
He is obviously still a pup, and wants to play, but after a few tries in the morning, he knows to chill. I take him out for potty runs (not as often as you would think, as I feed him mostly raw food), and then twice a day, I take him on long walks in the woods, up the fields (we have three levels, and we walk up these steep hillsides to beautiful plateaus).
I choose a toy (different one each time) when I'M READY to play ( I was reading I have to establish playtimes, not him, otherwise he will be in charge, and then it gets out of control). I also choose certain times to give him treats (the bones/bully sticks/antlers etc.), and that is usually when I sit down at the computer to do some work. The treat of a kong filled with peanut butter and treats worked great during hubby's rushing back and forth to get out the door to work! (NO MORE HEARING NO WYOT...STOP WYOT...OFF WYOT) He doesn't nip, jump or follow.
Now, when he does decide he wants to take charge of something, I take away the object if he is being bossy....and ignore him. He gets it, and after a time or two, he behaves. The exercise seems to settle him and sets up behavior for the rest of the day.....when he does start to jump up and nip (not nasty, just because he wants his way, to play, or go this way, not that), I immediately turn my back to him. If he keeps doing it, I keep turning away, ignoring him, basically, just staying in the same spot, turning my back to him without a word or reaction. I was SO surprised, because the first time I did this, after three attempts, HE SAT DOWN by himself, and waited for me to turn around and look at him! Now it works in just one try.
We also socialized him from the get go. Went to people's houses (without other pets), traveled with him from day 1, so he jumps into the car, ready for adventure, and now he has finally stopped trying to climb into the front seat, and stays put in the back- just like you said, Kuschel, it's like a switch went off....now he will stay put, but for safety's sake with the new seatbelt lead that will attach to his new harness.
Good luck with the trainer! I'm sure it will be an eye opener, and Xochitil will respond quickly (after all, how very smart are our dogs!!!!)
Edited by KittynDoc, 27 April 2017 - 10:14 AM.