The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I don't know if she is all that feral being so sweet with people - she has probably just never had any limits of behaviour shaping, so you are starting off on the negative scale - not even square one.
I'm just going by the experience I had with Keeta - I believe she was a tied dog prior to me getting her, and she was wild!! Friendly, liked people, but people were just peripheral, the real world that held her interest didn't include people in her pack structure. When I first got her, I had very little experience with dogs, and I tried to make he mind me by imposing my will onto her - er . . . that didn't work out like I expected. After struggling with her for six months, I admitted defeated (was a HUGE pill to swallow!), and signed up for obedience classes - I figured I had to learn how to try and reach her.
The class I ended up in was positive, food-reward based. I have never used food rewards in my training previously, I was of the opinion that I'm the boss, dog should obey! But this class made me a convert! Turns out I'm someone worth obeying when treats are forthcoming, LOL.
Keeta 'got' it. It was like magic: it was like someone reached into her brain and hit a switch. It completely changed our relationship for the better, and made me a better dog owner who understood training and how dogs learn better. It still took a lot of proofing to get her to learn to control her impulses - a prong collar worked wonders, and I was training with some very savvy dog people with very well trained dogs that were used as distraction for proofing and re-enforcement.
Any obedience work you do, the more you practice in new and varying situations, the more solid your dog will become.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015