He greets us each time like he can't live without us.
I feel how a dog greets you is very important. What I aim for is totally calmness. What I get is dogs coming saying hello but respecting my space. I trained my dogs by simply walking in and ignoring them and making a cup of tea and relaxing a bit before interacting with them. They would jump around and get really excited. To me excitement at meeting rituals equals pack instability. Dogs will nip each other for position with the humans and invade peoples space. So over time and with a bit or restraint on my part I got them to remain calm in my mind keeping the pack structure stable. I have 5 dogs here and sometimes more so it is relevant to my pack structure. People with one dog end up with separation anxiety if they allow and nurture the excitement at the meeting imo.
He makes me laugh when he drops his tennis ball on top of my lap top while I'm working.
This tells me the dog doesn't have an off switch and is excited. Easy way to counter it is say off and put the ball on the floor and when the dog goes to pick it up, you say no and not let him have it. After a while he will ignore it. When you want to play with him obviously you get more animated and encourage the dog to play. But when you want to work you act cool and let the dog know his excitement will not get you into playing. Try to instruct him to go to his place, bed or whatever. Work on this a bit. Instruct the dog into bed and then go and give his bone there or a few threats or kong. Then when you want to do your business calmly instruct the dog into place and if he tries to leave put him back there.
And makes me proud when he rushes to our aid if he thinks we are in distress.
Are you in distress. Do you need an unstable dog coming to your rescue. The dog will probably protect you by force. You just need to make sure you can control it in case it is not justified.
You start your blog with fear and apprehension of your future dog and your girlfriend sees a hunter and killer. Will he fulfill your expectations. Maybe if you don't understand his nature and begin to control it.
We played with him for a few minutes and threw a tennis ball, which he became immediately fond and protective of.
This is the beginning of resource guarding from you the owner.
He was learning how to become a pet quickly and cried like the puppy he is every time I would walk away.
This is the beginning of separation anxiety.
The two snapped at one another - whipping their heads side to side trying to get position. ... Jäger clamped down on the top of the husky's head and thrashed him about. I was pulling at Jäger's collar but he would not relent. The husky whined and moaned in surprise and pain. I finally had to swat Jäger on the nose with a good amount of force to get him to release.
Basically pulling a dog back by the collar and getting excited make the dog bite harder. What you want to do with a dog fight is be really cool and let them blow off some steam with out getting too involved and break it up when there is a slight lull in the action. Sometimes the dogs are just looking like they are vicious but aren't actually causing any damage. When you freak out and scream you instability and the dogs are likely to continue fighting.
He also has a wild instinct to chase rabbits and squirrels.
You can use this to your advantage with using a ball, flirt stick, tug to control the dog through prey drive but it takes time to actually be able to do it correctly, with out making the dog more pushy to get what it wants.
To stop the dog chasing when you don't want it check these vids by Tyler Muto. It is a great way to use leash pressure and control to calm your dog and limit reactivity and excitement.
Tyler Muto - YouTube