The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
This has been going on for two years at least? I agree with the others, work on having daily one-on-one time with Cassie. Do fun stuff, and use the time for training. Positive, reward based, to develop a bond. Also, catch her being good, and give her positive attention for that. When she is doing on her own what you want, like lying down quietly, go up to her, tell her good girl, give her a treat and a pet.
When she steps back for a sec so you can interact with the other girls, make a big deal out of it. Set up training sessions where you have the time to go over simple stuff, like her keeping her down while you interact with another dog. Don't wait until there is something you have to attend to, and you can't really pay attention to Cassie being good - set up a session, where the focus is Cassie, even if you are just working on her ignoring you while you do other stuff.
My rescue was an only dog when I got her, and she was very sweet and affectionate - one of the reasons I adopted her, but trying to get her to listen was a struggle - it was like she had no idea that there were certain behavioural expectations from my part. What changed is taking her to classes, and using food rewards to train - it was like the light went on, and she turned into a different dog - happy, confident, more eager to please. Suddenly interacting with me was always a fun game, instead of a conflict of wills.
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