After raising 2 retrievers in the past, I'm finding Shelby's behavior a wee bit intriguing and was wondering if anyone else's dogs do this. When Shelby gets a new toy like a ball or one of her treat balls ( her absolute favorite which takes her about a week to empty) she then hides them in different places in the house until she feels like "eating/playing" with them. It's almost like a game because I then find them and move them to a different location and Shelby has to find them. My husband and I get a laugh. We've never seen this with either of our 2 retrievers. It started when I took away the treat ball one night because she kept playing with it in our room at bedtime. Very annoying when the humans are trying to get to sleep. I took it and put it in the sink downstairs so she couldn't get it. Since then, we play a game…
She really is a 2 year old in a dog suit!;)
Also the other behavior that we noticed is that sometimes when we call her name to come to us, she hides under the bed like she did something wrong. We've never punished her, so we are finding this frustrating and most of the time she hasn't done anything wrong. We just want to give her a treat or take her for a walk. We've only had her for 3 months. We rescued Shelby from a shelter. She's 20 months old approximately and spent about 1 year with another family. They named her Shelby and she knows it so well that we kept it the same. Do you think perhaps changing her name would help? I'm inclined to wait a bit to see if the behavior continues. I'm basically lazy and changing a name will require training for both Shelby and I. I'd love to hear opinions.