|Barked: Sat Dec 8, '12 8:02am PST |
|Oscar, my ACD, and I have been through a lot.
I got him when he was about 8 months-a year old. Looking back, it was probably at the younger end of the spectrum. He was... a challenge to say the least. I wasn't an experienced dog owner, having only had one dog before and never even meeting an aggressive dog. Along came Oscar, an energetic and untrained mess. I got bit by him more times than I'd like to admit.
There were few things that I like about him. But at least he was playful and always loved a training session.
About a year after having him something happened. He just stopped biting, mouthing, destroying things, attacking the cats, etc. It was almost overnight. I'd like to say all the work I put into training paid off but I honestly don't know what happened.
He's approaching four years old now, and while he still has issues, he's a completely different dog than the monster I brought home three years ago.
Which is great.
But he's also slowly lost any drive he had. He's no longer interested in toys, he's hard to motivate, and he's lazy. I mean, he'll run around the yard a bit, chase whatever wildlife comes by... but he's not really interested in using his energy on me. Even when he plays with his toys, he wants to do it by himself. It's not that he's unfriendly. He loves to cuddle and be pet. I just don't know... Is this just him getting older (he's not even four! ) or would it be possible to get some sort of drive back?
Edited by author Sat Dec 8, '12 8:38am PST
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