Re: Timid/Shy puppies
Arwen is soft, but not shy. Dubya was hard. In the second litter were Heidi, Whitney, and Tori.
Practically at birth I knew I was keeping Heidi. I was not wrong, she is confident, beautiful, everything I could hope for.
Whitney I chose to keep because she seemed shy -- already mentioned. She if fine now.
Tori was the most confident, working personality in the bunch. The obedience trainer said she should have gone to a working home. I gave her to my brother. By end of puppy classes they were asking about special collars and alpha rolls. Then they gave her back to me, said she was defiant (about house training), and too interested in the cats.
Tori may have weak nerves. She may have had a vaccine related fearfullness. I really do not know. I do not believe my brother deliberately did anything to hurt that dog. She has never been abused.
She will be three in August. She has a CGC and a Rally title, but I will never breed her. She is actually really good outside of my home. She has no dog aggression, is good with cats, is great at the vets.
At home though, she is a barracuda in her kennel or crate if someone other than me is in the yard, snarling, barking, bared teeth -- scarey junk yard dog.
If I open the kennel door she comes out and goes to the opposite part of the yard from where me and the stranger is. Eventually, if we totally ignore her she will come over and sniff. She acts like a complete weenie.
When the mobile vet came over, I gave them Tori first, they took her to the van and groomed her without issues. I decided to crate them all afterwards so they could dry properly before going back outside. EVERY TIME the groomers came into the room where she was crated, Tori looked like she would have a stroke.
Tori is a nice bitch, loyal and loving to me, but she is not wired correctly. Babs, Jenna, Whitney, and Heidi are ok.
Tori will stay with me until one of us dies. If that is me, than Tori will be euthanized. She cannot go into a shelter environment and be gassed.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.