Unfortunately, she's also a bit stubborn. She's not minding me at all. She doesn't come to me when I call her, which is AWFUL when she's outside. She just zips around in circle around me, and seems to think that when I call her to come to me that I'm just playing chase. She was really good about sitting when I told her to, and "drop" when I'd tell her to drop stuff, but she won't shake no matter how many times I go over it, or recently follow any commands anymore, not even sit. I'd really like to take her to obedience classes but what with the whole being in college thing (which equals being totally broke) I can't afford it. I'm always very firm with her, and patient, but she definitely has a mind of her own and it's getting REALLY EFFING ANNOYING!!! I hate complaining because she's a really good girl for the most part: loving, has never torn up shoes or books, walks well on a leash, full of energy and curiousity... but she has GOT to start minding. And it scares me when she's off her leash and runs out of the center of my apartment complex and won't come to me.
Any suggestions? She's 5 months old, by the way.
SInce I've never posted a picture of her, here's one from August swimming in the Guadalupe River on the way home from work one day: