but now I've just realized my border collie spoiled me. This is going to be harder than I thought, lol. Has anyone else ever had this problem?
Piper was very loving from a distance. She didn't want to cuddle either, but she never wanted you out of her sight. I thought it was strange, but I wonder if that's a border collie thing now, ha.I agree.
When I've heard of expert dog trainers giving a demonstration, I always think, "please don't show up with a Border Collie as the 'demonstration' dog".
My half distracted, 3rd grader brain had an easy time of it with that border collie stray and I had no idea what "heel" meant at the time.
I remember that the dog would do anything for me, but she did not like to be embraced or cuddled... as you can see from her body language. Now, if I had thought to work on that, I bet she would've cuddled on command.
If I had someone staying at home all day, I would probably get a border collie. I'd hate to leave one of those little geniuses home alone too long.
The above replies say a lot and sometimes very hard for people to understand, one or two dogs does not make one a competent trainer, amateur or otherwise, but through the years I have met many who thought they were and knew every thing they needed to know and did not mind planting the title of "Dog Trainer" on themselves.
It does not mean they are bad people, unless they are trying to sell their training services (that's fraud) it just means they did a very good job on one or two dogs, no more, no less.
I thought Bichon's were supposed to be trainable as they used to perform in circuses, but not mine! She is so stubborn and independent, she doesn't really care so much about 'pleasing' me as she does about 'what's in it for me??'. This is getting slightly better as we grow closer, but she's always been a strong minded girl
Of course it's an achievement and I'll bet Wally is thankful somebody cared and acted for him.As far as just doing a good job on one dog well, considering where this dog was, I consider that an achievement of sorts. It's obviously much more than his previous owners did for him.