Casey, the thing is he cowers when I am not mad. He'll come from downstairs slinking with his tail between the legs, glancing at me as he hides beneath a chair.
What kind of dog is "untrainable"
Oh heck, beagles you can train but people forget to STOP BABYING THEIR DOGS (which in many, many cases I've seen lead to the dog walking all over their people and being the leader), and they forget it's a dog that needs a job... Same with stubborn rotties - "after a certain age you can't train them." so says my brother, and a mastiff breeder. 1. yes you can. 2. yes you can. 3. just because they are stubborn doesn't mean they're stupid ><
I told my bf he is not using his dad's useless efforts. "But their dog doesn't poop in the house." good for THAT dog - completely different breed (bichon/spaniel) and they've had him since he was a puppy in their hand. Mine is NOT a puppy, but still has puppy problems, came from a neglectful home that abused him. His dad uses the "rub their nose in the mess" and "spank" method whcih fyi never...ever...hit a fearful dog. The rotti I dealt with was fear aggressive, not mean like everyone said... poor thing is STILL co-owned :(
I've dealt with my friend's dog. he comes from a high stress home, he runs the house too... despite the chaos and the yelling and hate steaming in there. he came over, and immediately marks HIS territory in MY house. I stopped my friend from "smacking his rump" and said I'll watch him, and address it. He did it again, I just touched his shoulder and said "no!" and he flipped at me x.x So I let him throw a tantrum, while holding the leash/collar, and he flipped for 15 minutes... then he laid down and was relaxed.. not stiff like he was before. I wasn't angry though..
As for Gurgi, the new crate I got has all 4 sides open and he likes it better... maybe because he can see all around him - maybe it was the crate they used to use and he has become accustomed to is? I'm using it for "bedtime" which will give him a routine (and me the peace of mind my door can be open without him getting into garbage or defecating!!!) and shows the crate isn's bad. yesterday he cowered, I just placed him in front of it, and he went in by himself and I "praised" him. So he laid down and that was it.