Our Amy passed away at 11.7 years ago, end of summer 2012.
- she was so easy to train, because I build up her puupy confidence to be complete, balanced & a phenomenal human thinker..she became.
- enough in fact, to put her life on the line & submissed a larger dog, headed to maul my wife with teeth bites...at our local highschool track.
Old Amy can be seen here: Dobe Amy controlled off-leash, walking city streets..wmv - YouTube
- severe crate anxiety, cried at Vets for 16 hours straight, one night after surgury / no vacation without her, no kennel stay ever
- from 9 weeks old - NO crate while someone was home & had 100% of supervised home (including leather couch's) without permission &/or baby gates
- zero treat training, and I started to city walk her at 4.5 months old randomly...in only 2 months, walked formal off-leash down city main street
- at 4.5 months old, each family adult kissed her good-bye resting on the couch...when grownups left her behind
(a few hours later on human return, Amy had still left the contents of the house intact)
First time at 4.5 months old, we tried her alone and she was most fine (for a short period)...then it went to 4 hours max. alone...still ok.
- but Amy as a puppy was trained from day1 not to wreak stuffies, not chew pillows, etc...I soft bite trained her and stuffies were her babies
The early work paid off...but she knew what was expected of her...clearly.
Now we have a puppy, by the name of Kelly...at home is NO crate or baby gate(s)...and she is allowed free house reign with full adult direction.
- got baby girl at 9.5 weeks old...4 to 5 weeks later, she is adjusting perfectly and I will slip out to the garage for 15 minutes at a time...to test her
- and house stuff (valuables) always untouched, upon my return
^^^^ But this compliance and house manners, comes at a cost...Time & Effort.
- much love, guidance & constant supervision...that is exhausting, only in the very beginning.
Nala5 - I very much enjoyed your posted questions, and can only assume Nila is in great family hands...your words of dober love speaks out.