The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
It's probably just her personality. Some dogs are just more independent than others. I would do as gsdsar recommends. Work on engagement, and reward any attempt to look at you or engage you.
When I was raising a pup, I always had treats in my pockets - well, just kibble, but that is enough for a food motivated dog. As I went through my day, and time my pup looked at me, he got a piece of kibble. Anytime he came towards me on his own, he got praise and kibble. When out walking, whenever he naturally fell to walking by my side, he got a handful of kibble, etc . . . pretty soon, they start doing all these thing more and more and more until it becomes ingrained behaviour.
My rescue, whom I adopted when she was a little bit older, was/is very independent. Liked people well enough, but I suspect she was a tied dog who never developed a relationship/bond to a person until I got her. I had a lot of issues trying to work with her, and finally enrolled in clicker classes (trying to 'alpha' her into submission wasn't working - I didn't know any better at the time ). There we worked on eye-contact focus, and I thought this was genius!!! Wow!! Teaching a dog to just look at you and pay attention to you! Teaching it as a specific behaviour like sit or heel. Why didn't I think of this before LOL!!!
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