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Standoffish BT?

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier Training' started by Mochi, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Mochi

    Mochi Puppy

    I have an EBT- a year old. We've been to obedience class, and she's doing great with her commands (even listens to her "leave it" command when there's a squirrel or rabbit in our yard! :)), but I feel that she only follows the commands because there's something in it for her- like a treat. For example, when I go upstairs to bed at night, she doesn't follow me. I have to call her and give her a treat to come to her bed upstairs. Or when I give her a bone, she'll take it into another room. I've had an EBT before that followed me everywhere and I felt like she wanted to please- but I just don't get that with my current girl. How can I work on this? I know all dogs have their own personality, but are your dogs like this? Is it a bonding or training issue? Help~
  2. Bullful

    Bullful Little Dog

    Nothing unusually at all! She's in the process of teaching you how to give her as many treats as she wants. I have one that is very much like that and the only thing he doesn't wait for a treat to do is breath. Give it time and stop giving her so many treats. Play with her instead.

    Good Luck,
  3. ReneeMcDougal

    ReneeMcDougal Good Dog

    My dog tried that...and then I read on here the NILIF sticky. Best advice I can give you is don't offer treats all the time..bring her with you to go to bed even if you have to leash/carry her at first..eventually she will realize that is where she is to go at night. Play with her more often with toys so that she begins associatiing spending time with you to being happy and not to getting food. She is pushing the puppy limits..its happens. :)
  4. Mochi

    Mochi Puppy

    Oh, I feel like such a sucker!! I'll take a look at the NILIF post. Speaking of playing- any good games to play? I try to play fetch with her, but when she gets the ball, she just runs away to her bed to play by herself. I've had luck making her sit/stay and hiding treats and having her "find" them, but what are some other games you play with your pups?
  5. crazybully

    crazybully Little Dog


    here might be some uber useful tips on here, Jane is fantastic :) Seems to me you were extremely lucky to find an EBT that seemed to want to please :lol:

    For me, Bonding wasn't an issue and Training has gone better since we started clicker training again, and holding to it. food is a HUGE motivator, and you will find that they will try to do things for food sometimes... that's a good thing!

    crate games, the box game, and many more, that book i listed the link to has TONS of them in it!! and trust me they are all fun! When you play fetch do you have treats ready? make it an exchange for the treats, when she brings it back load her up with treats, 1 at a time though, but 4-5 in quick succession!
  6. aprotopo

    aprotopo Big Dog

    Sonya loves to play tug and chase the flirtpole thing.

    But I feel your pain. My dog is pretty standoffish as well. I can count the number of times she came onto my lap by herself on my fingers... However, when she does show initiative it will feel extra special! Just give it time :)

    And by the way, I think it's really annoying when a dog follows you to the bathroom, etc, so the standoffishness has some perks!
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  7. Mardi

    Mardi Puppy

    I agree to give it a bit more time: she's still an adolescent and changes in the brain can do odd things to behavior! LOL I agree with Bullful that maybe you could use the treats for formal requests you make of her, but to spend more time making her feel good about being with you. Massages, or petting, rubbing her in a way she likes; playing (if she likes to play); etc. As far as the bones, all our dogs take their bones to their own "special" places to eat in peace, so I dont' think that's unusual at all. And the stairs, well, I don't like to climb stairs either! Unless there's something in it for me!! It's hard work climbing stairs! Esp for some bullies!
  8. Noxa88

    Noxa88 Puppy

    She's at that stage that she's too cool for you, remember when you were young and you used to not want to be seen with your mum so you used to walk a few steps in front. My dog was like this from about 9-14 months, now he follows me round, listens to every word i say and will sleep on my lap at any opportunity he can, infact it's a bit too much to have a 75 lbs dog on your lap all night.
  9. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    im not much into bribing the dogs, they do what i ask of them because i am there leader. the reward is being with me, they always follow me everywhere even off leash. When I take a hike or go to the lake I take them off lead and everyone stays close.

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