I always say Zoey is a good dog who is poorly trained. Why is she a good dog? She is sweet, gentle, calm(usually), trustworthy with any human interactions, loyal and endlessly housebroken.
So what does she do wrong? She does not listen. Not even a little bit. She looks for zero feedback from me to know what we're doing or where we're going. She always has to be first or she'll do whatever it takes to get there. She jumps in and out of the car right away so you always have to be prepared when you open the door. Her sit and stay only last for a second no matter where we are. She will run after any animal and not come back until she's somehow defeated it or lunge at it if she's on a leash. She pulls like hell on the leash and zig zags all over the place. You have to basically drag her away from something she really likes sniffing and she'd pulls me down random streets if she wants to go a certain way.
She's better now that she's older but she cannot be trusted with most other dogs. She used to want to attack any dog in sight but now she mostly just tolerates them. She barks back and forth with the neighbor's dog constantly and she'll only stop if you're standing there. The second you turn around, she'll go back to it. Luckily Kaya and Norman have yet to start barking along with her, but I can't help but to think it is rubbing off on them somehow. Oh, and she wants to murder my cat.
So how does this effect my dogs? Norman especially has gotten into chasing squirrels in the yard with her. I think most people would not see this as a big deal and yes, it is normal dog behavior so why does it upset me? For one, he never used to do it so he's clearly taking cues from Zoey and acting out in ways he wouldn't otherwise. Also, I've always taught Kaya and Norman not to chase wildlife, in the yard and when we're out so I would hate for him to start now.
Kaya I think is particularly influenced by Zoey's lack of patience. Working with her on these things recently has made me realize that she is really amped about jumping on Zoey's bandwagon and ignoring my commands. I don't know if she wants to challenge Zoey for that top spot or just keep up with her but either way it leaves me in the dust. Even though Zoey is not that hyper herself, she adds a lot of excitement for Kaya because they like to play fetch together and so Kaya sees Zoey's every move as an opportunity to play.
So I'm weighing my options. Do I work with Zoey on the same rules that Kaya and Norman have to follow or do I leave her to it and show Kaya and Norman that they have to follow the rules irregardless? Maybe it will be a good teaching tool to get them to stay on track not matter what the distractions are. Or maybe it's a recipe for disaster to continue having them around her unless I get them all on the same page.
Does anyone else have an older dog that sort of rules the roost?
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