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My wife picked up a Catahoula from a rescue and have never experienced anything Like this before. about 7 or 8 months old now.. Got her at 2 Months

She is incredible smart but incredible stubborn. Something is REALLY up with her and my wife. She will not leave my wife's side.. I mean, bathroom, bed room, downstairs, kitchen. If my wife leaves through the garage, she will sit there and whimper.

She will not go outside with me or the kids. She will sit by the back door and bark/howl. She will not eat if my wife is not there with her. If I go over and pick her up, she puts both legs around my neck like a kid holding on digging her nails in my shoulder. If we are about to leave by getting ready, she goes under the bed and will not come out knowing it's crate time. I have dragged her from under the bed.. I have tried enticing her with treats.. I have tried putting treats in her crate.. she hates it.. The bed seems to be her safety area.. She has her chew ropes under there.. somehow, she went into my closet and took some shoes from my shoe rack under the bed and shredded them.

My wife loves the dog, but begs me some mornings to take her out to eat or potty but the dog will not do anything but sit at the back door with a death stare through the back door. Granted we had labs before, I have never seen a dog that would leave a food bowl. It's the weirdest thing I have every seen.. I'm definitely the firmer of the two of us but we both work with her. I have been walking with her on a leash around the neighborhood and that does seem to be getting better especially when we get around the corner but as soon as we get in the house, She tears in the door...up the stairs... and into the bed room looking for my wife.

Thoughts???
 

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This might be a way off shoot, but maybe she senses some thing health-wise in your wife. There's been stories of dogs detecting cancer, or pregnancies, and such like that...
Its interesting you mention that. My wife had cancer 11 years ago but is cancer free now over 10 years. Her cat definitely felt this and did not leave her side, but that was 10 years ago when she was sick. The other factor is that we had to put my wife's Lab down about 6 months ago for old age/deteriorating health. I've always known my wife has a special connection to her animals but would not have expected this in a young puppy. It is freakish how the puppy acts around my wife or when she is not visibile. I have read a ton of stories about Catahoula's since we have gotten her and come to realize that they are really smart and require a lot of attention. We try to simulate her through lots of play time outside playing fetch and walks. She does not get tired and she does not deal with idle time well. Couple that with the attachment to my wife and I just not sure how to train her. We have gotten her a ton of chew toys including a Kong. I have no idea when or how she sneaked my nice shoes under the bed, but she has now shredded 2 pairs of my nice shoes. When you give her a treat or a bone, she goes into this new mission to hide it. She has actually dug the dirt out of indoor plants to burry it. She seems to have this psychotic mode..
 

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I would say she is a shy/fearful puppy. When the first few months, she spent time under our kitchen table which is by the back door. She would stay under the table instead of coming outside. She really doesn't do that, but she does treat the "under bed" as her safety place. It's probably a bad thing, but we stopped crating her at night allowing her to sleep on the foot of the bed. She does pretty well there, but hops up and goes under the bed in the morning. She has never growled at me or the boys, but we have a lady that comes in once a month to clean and the dog does stand in front of my wife and growls showing her teeth. VERY protective of my wife. My wife jokes and says that "Ellie" (our old Lab) told "Louie" (the new puppy) to protect her. Reading A LOT about this breed just causes more questions as the stories are that this dog is protective and does not play well with other dogs which is ok as we don't have other dogs. The dog does get along with the Cat other than a rare playful chase across the den. Everything I read says that Catahoula's were bread to hunt Hog's in Louisiana and require a lot of stimulation. We definitely have spent more time with outdoor activities than any other dog we have had. My real question is what do we train out of the personality or can we train this out of the dog knowing the breed. We took this puppy in blindly as a wife's friend called and asked if we were interested as the owner of the mother was crippled in a car accident and was unable to to take care of the new litter. We gladly took one of the puppies prior to really understanding the breed. We do have a very large back yard but the puppy rarely explores past visible distance to my wife. I really don't think the litter was neglected other than a real lack of attention which might be part of the separation anxiety.

As you said, the shoe incidents are done.. Not really harping on that.. Definitely think the puppy does not handle idle time well...

Just looking for guidance (which you did a great job at) on what I need to be training towards..
 
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