Urban Borders Posted July 7, 2012 Report Share Posted July 7, 2012 (edited) Okay, I need some advice. So it's been awhile since I've had a puppy. I've worked with other people's dogs, doing everything from tricks to basic obedience to behavioral intervention for fearful dogs, but not really more than one or two young puppies. But I remember my own girl as being very precocious and food-motivated. I was an ignorant, first-time dog owner and college student, and yet I have videos of her doing sit, down, come, stay, and heel at 3 months, with her head high and eyes glued on me. Obviously, she did have some lapses in attention. Fine, that's normal. And once she hit adolescence, all bets were off, and she lost much of her food motivation for a year or two. As an adult she's reliable again. I understand that's (again) the normal progression. But Obi has me stymied. She can hear (lot of white, I did wonder). And she can learn (she'll do sit, down, and touch in low distraction environments, and in higher ones with a lure or two to start her off). BUT she cannot learn her name. And you can tell she just doesn't want to engage in training AT ALL. We make it very fun, smelly and easily chewable or lickable food items of all sorts, 2 minutes or less, once or twice a day. I've tried taking a break from it completely for several days on end, to just give her a mental vacation. But she wants nothing to do with it. She'd rather lay on the floor and lick it, or bit at it, that eat a cookie. Even if she's had nothing to eat for hours. She'll do this for minutes on end. I know licking inanimate objects can be a sign of GI distress. But her stools are normal, she's been dewormed, etc. She plays and runs and chases my older dog, has really come around with people (wants to run up and greet everyone, from little kids to tall men). She never has accidents, doesn't mouth, is quiet in her kennel. In other words, she's perfect...EXCEPT she wants nothing to do with training. Doesn't want to learn anything. I have to admit, I find this incredibly frustrating. I've tried using toys as motivators, which is harder but doable, and she just doesn't get it. No matter how many times I run away from her, call her name, give her a toy/play tug, she doesn't associate it with giving me her attention. Mer has always been so quick to pick things up via association (she's learned multiple cues just by associating a word with the action, like "go upstairs" or "look on the floor" or "get back"). But Obi seems clueless. Any advice/similar experiences? Am I expecting too much? I thought she might be just a slow learner, so really didn't do alot of training, even though I know most puppies her age are very capable of doing it. But she at least needs to learn her name. And I thought she would be able to do that. EDIT: I should add, other things I've tried: trying to reward her when I recall Mer, since she usually follows Mer. Even if I could get a general recall instead of her name, I'd take that, for safety's sake. But Obi won't take a food reward, even people food. I've also tried working her with Mer, or working Mer outside her crate and then putting Mer away and taking Obi out. No increase in interest. Edited July 7, 2012 by Urban Borders Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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