All in all, Roo is a fantastic girl
but some odd things have started the past couple weeks.
Roo is in obedience class and does really well. I put her in a level 1 class and the trainer was a bit skeptical because of her age, but then said "She is a GSD, she can probably handle it" and handle it she does. She blows those older dogs away hehehe. We have a Newfie, Lab, Standard Poodle, Springer, a skittish boxer and a VERY yappy terrier mix in class. Even with all that Roo keeps her focus on me and doesn't get agitated. So I was very shocked when the other day we were walking and stopped to talk to a friend (who also had her dog with her, a dog which Roo pretty much ignored). Roo laid down while I was talking and waited for me. Then a women came running by with her 2 large dogs (they were jogging at a good pace) and Roo sat up and watched them intently, then all of a sudden started barking like I had never heard. I got her to look at me and put her back in a sit, but I could tell she was agitated. Normally Roo ignores all other dogs when we are out, so it was odd.
Then today we went out of our house to the mailbox when I saw a couple walking their tiny dog (the smallest poodle I have ever seen). I stopped Roo and gave her a sit stay in my driveway (she was on a leash) and we waited for the couple to pass. Turns out the dog was NOT on a leash and soon as it spotted us, it ran towards us. Roo LEPT at the dog and barked. The owners scooped up their dog and ran off. Between these 2 incidents we have walked daily and been to class, and been to Petsmart with no issues. Any thoughts?
She has also started to potty in the house. Roo had gone 6 weeks with NO messes in the house and rings bells at the back door to let us know she has to go out. Heck, the girl can actually OPEN the back door herself (and routinely does). Roo has messed (pee and poo) in the house 4 times in the past 2 weeks. She goes into the formal living room (where we don't spend much time) or the upstairs hallway. I have gated the upstairs again so she can't get up there, but am confused by the regression. The first time I chalked it up to the fact I was busy upstairs and ignoring her
but twice someone in the family was by the backdoor and Roo could have asked to go out. We have noticed that Roo does not like to go outside by herself. If one of us or one of the dogs doesn't go with her, Roo will just sit on the patio and not walk onto the grass - even if she had asked to go out.
Roo knows, sit, down, stay, come, paw, and walks well on a leash. She even has worked through her crate issues
She now happily spends time in her crate and when we go to leave, we say "kennel" and she will run in (my 6 year old even crates her with ease).
Her ears still not up - one is, but the other one is the leaning tower of pisa
Roo still has not lost her baby canines, so I am patiently waiting lol
I am tired of people telling me how skinny she is! Roo is long and lanky, to me a typical shepherd pup. Tell me what you think!
this one cracks me up, same odd position
4th of july girls