I actually discovered during my morning shopping walk that my iPhone is “somewhat” sensitive to the gloves I have, and I could operate the camera, mostly, with my gloves on.
But digressing into Pao (my dog)… sigh… (apologies in advance for the digression…)
Pao turned 3 last month. His mother was a mix of terrier and some Japanese breeds and didn’t look anything like him. They claimed they did not know who the father was. He was 1.3 kg when I got him and 30.45 kg this month.
His personality is nothing like my only previous dog, Tao, who I really loved. I just assumed all dogs were the same. But they’re not.
Here is an album of Pao from the day I met him through this week: https://photos.app.goo.gl/SJDQYJctqBNPdEv9A
I’ve had 3 dog trainers over multiple times, and also signed up for SpiritDog Training online. They are nice people, but nothing really helps so far. They are not fans of clickers by the way.
Pao is physically cute, but hyper-reactive. There are pros and cons. The cons drive me crazy.
The pros are:
- He’s physically very cute.
- He doesn’t bite.
- He gets along well with all other dogs.
- He gets along well with little kids and will eat snacks out of their hands.
- He gets along well with seniors, who also enjoy giving him snacks.
- Outside, amazingly, he almost never barks at anything.
- Everybody says what a quiet obedient dog he is. I tell them he just pretends to be that when outside. They laugh in response - but I’m not kidding.
- He doesn’t have toilet issues in the house and freely roams about, spending time upstairs on the bed or downstairs here in the office room with me, or in the dining room, or sleeping on the staircase.
The cons are:
Inside he is very sensitive to sounds outside and will frequently go crazy barking at them, which drives me crazy. His two sisters live in two neighboring houses and if something sets one of them off he responds. Interestingly enough he doesn’t bark if somebody rings the doorbell. Instead he happily greets them wagging his tail. But his frequent barking episodes are wearying.
The dangerous one is that he leaps after motorcycles outside. Never at people. Never at cyclists or joggers. Never at other dogs. Sometimes at certain cars, but not at full strength. But he goes crazy at motorcycles, and I feel it can be dangerous. I’ve really tried everything everybody suggested everywhere trying to deal with this and nothing works.
Interestingly enough, the few times he actually got away from me (I suddenly lost the leash) he just sort of stood there. So that’s encouraging anyway. But we’ve also had some close calls.
It’s not politically correct to say it, but I feel we haven’t really bonded. At least not me to him. Not like with Tao, anyway.
As far as obeying commands, he will sit, give his paw, lie down, and wait to take a treat. But weirdly enough he will not come when called. I think he gets suspicious when called. He also doesn’t really like being petting on the head, but will allow it when tired.
His sister just barked, and he started growling and jumping in responses, and I just wish he’d go to sleep some more.