So I guess this is where people introduce their pups so I guess I'll hop on the bandwagon. About a month and a half ago I rescued a 3 month old from a local shelter. We named her Daenerys because I'm a huge nerd and a Game of Thrones fan and I just love Daenerys Targaryen (we call her Dani btw).
Since she's from a shelter we are unsure of her background, thinking she she could be mixed with anything especially since she didn't look like the average border collie with her two blue eyes, short fur, and ticking. The more research my sister and I started to do, the more we felt she was primarily border collie or even fully. We've gotten Australian shepherd, cattle dog, and my mom for some reason thinks she's mixed with a pitbul or a boxer (I don't see it). What do you think?
She's been doing very well with training; right now she's working on the basics I guess: sit, down, up, stand, down, off, let go, stay, come, roll over, back up and turn around. She basically has sit down but she doesn't listen ALL the time wich is understandable because she's only around 4 and a half months. All the other commands she isn't completely reliable without hand signals, but were working on it and she's picking up quickly.
Now a problem we've been having with her is with my 11 year old shih tzu. He wasn't properly socialized when he was young and grew up not really loving dogs. When she first came home she got into a bunch of fights with him which he was not too happy about but since has gotten better and only occasionally tries to nip him in the neck. I was wondering if you had any advice to get her to respect him and when he wants to be left alone. She is also EXTREMELY food driven and the slightest whif of food or sound that could possibly be food, she goes crazy. Taz, my shih tzu, is not really a good eater either and became worse with age. We normally give him some dog food mixed with some human food like chicken or turkey and he eats it slowly. Lately I've been giving him just turkey because he hasn't been eating. Dani thinks Shea entitled to whatever is in her reach and will try and eat the food if he backs away from it for a second or even while he's eating. As if now, we keep her in the crate while Taz is eating because we just don't know what else to do. Any suggestions would be great.
Thanks for reading if anyone did, I'm on my iPhone now and can't upload any pictures, so here is a link to her instagram account wich features a sleeping picture of Taz if anyone was interested (yes, Taz is short for the Tasmanian devil from loony toons )