Chloe has her own theme song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. She'll take long walks with you, chase the ball for hours and do whatever you ask. Then in the afternoon she'll do it again. She seems to have boundless energy, though she has learned to chill, since she's been here.
Her favorite treat is pieces of boiled chicken. The ball is a close second. Some days she'll give up the chicken for the ball. She's not very food motivated, but the ball can use used to get her to listen. If she's ignoring me and off exploring in the yard, if I bounce the ball a few times, she will often come quickly. If you play ball with her, make sure you get really hard rubber balls. She'll shred almost any other ball shortly after she “catches” it. we started using the ball as a treat to get her to come faster. Call her, bounce the ball on the patio, and she was in the house in a flash. She definitely has a ball fetish. She also likes to play the “chase” game. You chase her and she pretends she barely gets away.
Chloe is a bit of a pickey eater. Some days we have to add chicken and rice to her Honest Kitchen so she'll eat. We've found that she doesn't have much appetite in the morning, but will eat heartily in the evening. Perhaps she would be better fed only once a day, you'll have to see what works with your schedule and other dog.She seems, some days, to be more interested in the other dogs food more than her own.
Chloe used to start pulling as soon as we opened the door. Our routine is to make the dogs sit and stay, while we open the door, put the key in the lock and basically prepare to walk. If we can't get them to pay attention to us, and they want to lunge forward or run out, we close the door, get them to sit and start again. Eventually they figure out that they can't go for a walk until they sit and stay with the door open. This trains them for times when we need to go out the door and leave them.
The other thing is that no one goes forward as long as leashes are tight. She will usually turn and look at you, which is a good thing. If Chloe is pulling, we stand still, When the leash gets slack, we move, tight, stop. Usually by the time we reach the end of the driveway, everyone has slack leashes and are paying attention to us. It's become so automatic that even when we took her to Dos Picos Park, which for her was very exciting we required her to keep a slack leash to go forward. we picked this tip up from Victoria Stillwell from It's Me or the Dog. It helps to calm them too. If they are pulling they are usually in a state of arousal. They have to be calmer before they can stop pulling.
When we encounter a dog that Chloe is likely to react to, we take a piece of chicken from the treat bag and say “watch me”, and get her to look at your face. . She responds to other clues like “good girl “ and “get it”. She can be very reactive towards some dogs, mostly the ones that are reactive toher. We are very carful when introducing her to a new dog on leash, basicaly we try to avoid it. She does better at off leash dog parks. After we've gotten beyond the dog that she wants to react to, she gets her treat. We've also used the clicker some to try to condition her to react positively to the sound. This can be expanded, to shape behvior and get her to do “tricks” and behaviors that you want to reenforce. Here's a good resource http://www.clickertraining.com/ and you can find Karen Pryor's books other places too.
If you are so inclined, Chloe would, we think, do well at agility http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_agility. She has the right physical and mental abilities. She loves to learn and really needs physical and mental stimlation to keep her the great dog that we know her to be. It would give her confidence and good temperament.
We hope you love her as much as we do for the rest of her life!