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She sounds like her first 6 months were severely lacking in socialization. Like human children, dogs sort of have to "learn to be a dog" within a certain timeframe of their development. If you deprive a young social animal of the social interaction it needs in order for its brain to develop... There comes a time when their ability to learn those "normal behaviours" just sort of... Expires.

In spite of this, you don't realize how lucky you have it. Don't like a dog that isn't interested in dogs or humans? Most dogs in her circumstances would be outright aggressive towards others. A lot of behavioural problems can be boiled down to inadequate socialization.

If kids are truly the only think that she gets excited about, why not play to her strengths? She sounds like she would thrive doing therapy work with children. Maybe reading with them or something.
I have a Yorkie mix who does not behave like a dog. I got her 2 years ago at 6 months. Her distant, non-engaging behavior has always been there and nothing I have done has changed it.

We go to the dog park 3 or 4 days a week. She does not go up to other dogs, she will not run with them or chase them. If one tries to engage her, she ignores them until they lose interest and find a better playmate.

Not once has she chased a ball; if one is thrown she barely glances at it. Toys of any type do not interest her.

The only interaction she gets excited about is small children. But since I don't have any and they aren't allowed at the dog park, that is only on rare occasions.

She comes when called and stays. Heel isn't necessary because she always walks on my left side without running off, most of the time a leash isn't necessary. But these behaviors aren't anything she learned in class. I have taken her for training with 3 different trainers and they've tried to get her to fetch and other actions that would lead to playing. Problem is, she doesn't want treats, so there is no way to entice or reward behavior.

Frankly, all she does at home is lie there, she's not a companion, she's a fixture. This is not what I wanted from a dog and am thinking of getting rid of her and finding a real dog.

Any suggestions?
How did things turn out with your little dog?
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