Mia is a stubborn little thing. For example, when the pack is headed out the door in the morning to go to the bathroom she will follow up until the point where she sees where everyone is going, out into the cold. Then she will stop in her tracks, turn around and run in the other direction. I have to put a leash on her to get her to go out on her own. She will try and run with the leash on and I have to stand there letting her get it out of her system until she calms down.
Her stubbornness also shows when I take her with me to do the farm chores in the morning and at night. She is on a leash. When we are leaving an area heading to another, if she thinks she is not finished sniffing around, she will refuse to come and pull to the area where she wants to be. Often getting down to her level and doing puppy calls and kissy sounds will get her to snap out of her focus on the treasure she sniffed out but never got to eat, but often it will not and I have to stand there and wait it out until she realizes she's not going to be able to go where she wants. It's my way or no way. We cannot hang out in the barn all day and I can't just leave her down there. She has to come with me. Especially since more times than not she just wants to eat someone else's poop that she just sniffed out. Oh yes, the power of food.
Mia is very food motivated. Real food sometimes works if it is tasty enough and I use it when I can, but I don't always have it handy when she decides she's not going to listen. In her opinion, poop is food and it tastes better than a dog treat. I refuse to carry around poop to lure her. I could pick her up and carry her, but if I do not make her walk the distance on her own it will not teach her anything and possibly make the problem worse in the future as she learns she does not have to walk the walk. She is still very young and it is normal for a puppy to not come when called or go out the door when told, but I see an extra bout of stubborn in her that none of my other dogs had. This little squirt is going to give me a run for my money for sure.
Mia wakes up at 5:00 a.m. "Yip! Let me out of my crate, I have to pee."
Mia is taken out by one of the kids and she does her thing.
Mia is put back in her crate.
A few minutes later: "Yip! I'm hungry and I want to play!"
Her yip wakes me up and I get up to take her out to go to the bathroom, not realizing she was just out.
It's cold out and Mia looks at me and groans.
Me: "Oh my gosh, just pee! It's cold out here!" I pointed to the grass.
Mia grunts and abruptly walks to the grass and squats. When she's done we quickly head back into the house.
Mia climbs the step going into the house and barrels over to the dog beds. "It's playtime!!!!"
Amie says to me, "You know I just took her out to potty and she peed and pooped."
Oh, the little squirt. I guess I'll get her breakfast.
Mia patiently waits for me to prepare her food. She stands near her spot instead of Bruno or Spencer's. She's learning the routine. After their early breakfast Bruno and Spencer go back to bed. They never get up this early.
Mia is taken out to pee after breakfast. She squats as soon as she gets to the grass and afterwards we head back to the house.