Hype is not a rescue. We raised her from birth, with her littermates and mom.. Was a heck of a time to crate train. Once in a while she still poops in her kennel but for the most part she's doing going.
High energy dog, doesn't settle in the house much, whines at everything (the cat.. this dog will NEVER be normal around cats or ignore them. Too much of an impulse not to flip out when she sees our cat..) Barks in her kennel in the morning a few times, high pitch demanding puppy bark. Never gets let out when she does that until a while after. Good on obedience but doesn't focus much to what's actually happening. Thinks everything is a big game, and is constantly offering behaviors (which I don't put down because atleast she's doing something..) Very excited and clumsy pup..
Submissive towards my boyfriend. No, he's never hit her but has grabbed her collar and put her in her crate and that's IT. I didn't know I was signing up for such a sensitive dog? Out of her lines, (Tiekerhook x Wartenberg) I would expect a stronger dog. The other day I told her kennel in a stern voice, she didn't do it the first time. Wouldn't do it the next so I dragged her in by the collar. This morning when she got out of her kennel, I told her down (runs frantically around the house when she gets let out in the morning..) stay. Down, stay. She got up and there was a pee spot. Just a few minutes ago I took her ball from her and was talking in a playful voice, we were getting ready to chase the ball and she just stood here and peed on the carpet. Pees and walks.
This is not a case of me not watching my dog. She is always with me and yes, sometimes still gets tethered. It doesn't make a difference. She doesn't squat to pee or anything. She'll just stand there and pee.
I know her lines are 'slow to mature'. I get it. But this is ridiculous. At this age, I had my other female out of her kennel at night and was able to leave her in the house sometimes. With Hype? I wouldn't even question it. This dog will destroy out of boredom and not being told 'no'. That's fine, but it would be nice to have her out at night and make her feel like she's apart of the family more than being in the room across from us with her nightlight and radio on.. even if you throw her a bone, no, she doesn't want to be in there alone (who can blame?)
She has no interest in picking up training to learn to tell us when she has to go. For example: We will potty the dogs, bring them back in. 20 minutes later, she'll pee.. again. Doesn't make a difference to her if she's in front of you or not. Tried bells. Tried food motivation. Tried clicker. Tried everything.
What else can I do? And on top of that, how can I deal with my dog so she's not submissive like this towards me? I certainly haven't treated her bad anytime in her life and have done all I know how to in building her confidence up. Which brings me to my last point - if her peeing with me is excitement or submission? She can't help it. It makes me sad to see that lack of confidence in my dog and makes me wonder what I did wrong..
She's still intact if it makes any difference and I had planned to keep her that way until she hits 3-4 years.