Hello all, I have some questions/concerns with BoldDeGuard my 7 month neutered male. First off I love him dearly but we seem to not be bonding as deeply as I would like and I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong. He is a MANS dog 100%, he adores my husband but has only 1 play mode...Fight, wrestle and bite. I do NOT engage in this type of play because I ALWAYS end up bleeding
. We use a toy to stick in his mouth when playing and say no bite consistently but it has not worked as of yet. My husband is strong and can play with him but at 55 pounds he hurts me and he is TOO strong to wrestle with.
I do 3-4 training sessions with him a day. No more than 3-5 minutes at a time. Simple commands for him. Sit, stay, down, shake and leave it but he does NOTHING EVER without a treat in hand. He refuses to shake at all....and leave it to him means snatch it as fast as you can! We also train for bells in our house to potty, something our Lab got in 1 week but at 7 months he REFUSES to use them to go potty but rings them like crazy if he wants to go with us for a car ride.
He just this last month finished potty training, I SWEAR he would poop in my husbands office out of shear laziness until I took drastic actions and put him in his kennle with a closed plastic bag of his own poo and made him sit in there for 15 minutes. I felt awful but he got the message.
I gues I feel like if I don't rough play with him, I'm not accepted in his pack and he's not my friend unless I have food in my hand. He does sleep with me at night and welcomes me home if I leave but the rest of the time he has no interest in me at all. This is particularly bothersome since I don't work and am at home with him 24/7. I am also the person to feed him all his meals and take him for 2-3 walks a day as well as tons of free play inside and out when the weather allows. What am I doing wrong and why does he not seem to be bonded with me?
Just to clairify, he IS a good boy. He is welcoming and loving to strangers, children and other animals. He has full run of the house, he does not chew or damage what is not his and he is terrific with my cats.
Thanks for listening and any advice you have to offer