|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 8:47am PST |
|I've seen major differences in each of my dogs.. Granted, I also see differences between Charlie and other more a-typical Beagles too.
Charlie is eager to please, easy to train and handle outside, is extremely food motivated, loves everyone, clingy with me, etc. Charlie won't take crap from any dog, no matter the breed - which COULD get him into more trouble if it wasn't puppies that had a tendency for getting in his face. Unlike Sanka, Charlie's nose DOESN'T take him where the wind goes, however, if he were left on his own, it likely would. With me, he's happy to hold his head up high and be on a walk, and just prance along like a little horse. He's quieter than your typical hound too, and I've always found him less stubborn(although he is a little, lol).
Ria, on the other hand, is still very much a puppy, but you can see both her breed traits very clearly. She has that Border Collie 'stare' and drive for her ball and frisbee. She's got the bouncy-ness of the Lab, will splash in ANY water or mud she can, and at eight weeks old, when stopping on the four hour drive home by a river, the little brat tried to waltz right on in! She's both food and toy driven, extremely smart, but she also lacks impulse control and patience. I get impatient trying to train her sometimes, I'll admit. Charlie will offer behaviors right away to try to earn his reward. Ria is too impatient and will slam down into a sit or a down and stare at me, hoping I'll just hand it over. She's confident, fearless, and would excel at things like Rally or Agility if I worked with her more.
Maya was, well.. She was not an easily forgiving dog, of the training she was put through, or the abuse/neglect she was put through prior to me taking her. She was very much a Rottweiler in that she was intelligent, eager-to-please, loyal, and incredible at listening when you gave her something to do. Unfortunately, she became fear aggressive of strange people, due to the neglect, abuse and training prior to me, and it took me over a year of working on it with her, diligently, using positive reinforcement, to get her even remotely okay with strangers being invited into my home. And even then, it would take her a moment or two to assess them and figure out they were okay before she'd come investigate them. But she was a WONDERFUL dog, and the reason I would own Rottweilers again. When she was at deaths door, acting twenty years old at only seven, and I managed to bring her back from that brink to run around like a puppy again, it was one of the most rewarding feelings I ever had, and to see her begin to trust again was even better. She loved to work for me, loved to do anything I asked, no matter what it was, and was very, very affectionate and clingy with me and Charlie.
Maya was less into learning new tricks, commands, etc than Charlie is, and Ria is too impatient, lol.
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