I am a new member to this forum and have been reading some great posts! I have a new deerhound pup (Hubba) at home - we got him about 3 weeks ago and he has settled into life with our 16 month deerhound staghound cross, Mabel quite well.
The issue that I am having is that he doesn't seem at all responsive to any training that I am giving him. Furthermore he is lively and bright around our other dog but when he is on his own with people he tries to hide!
I am not big on super trained animals; I toilet trained Mabel (der!!!), taught her to sit on command and come when she's called. That's about it. She is used up on the farm for hunting rabbits and foxes but for 90% of her life she is a beautiful and much loved pet. New puppy Hubba is on the same path...
The problem that I am having is that every time I work with Hubba, he just doesn't get anything! I'm trying short sessions, several imes a day, different rewards (Mabel was so easy to train once I tapped into the fact that she was highly motivated by pats, not food) but with NOTHING sticking. Even with toilet training, I take them both outside, they will do their business (lots of praise and pats!) then he will come in and 2 minutes later, still manage to lay a big steamer in the hallway!! We keep joking that he is 'special' but I am starting to get worried!
He comes from a registered breeder with great facilities and very good rapport with their dogs, passed his vet check with flying colours... Could it just be that he hasn't been handled by people a lot as a pup? We've tried getting him to sleep with us for the first week to 'bond' but still no response.
Has anyone had any similar experiences? A few people we know that have had deerhounds have also sid that they take a very long time to mature and develop that 'bond'. Could he just be a dog's dog and not a people dog? Is our other dog a distraction? Should I send her to stay with a friend while I work with Hubba?
I know I shouldn't compare him to my other dog but she was so quick to pick things up - any help anyone can offer would be great...