We have had Ember for a month and a half now, and it is breaking my heart but I think we are going to return her to the rescue. I just don't think we are the right home for her. She is incredibly independent. Much more so than any dog I've ever owned. She just doesn't care. Food, praise, correction... nothing phases her. She just goes on doing whatever it is she pleases. We are in an obedience class with her and she does well there, then as soon as we are home its back to not listening. I will say that in this time she has become potty trained, knows her name, and sits almost reliably. She's good in the house, unless left alone (we tried gating her in the kitchen while at work and she did great the first few days, then she started tearing up her dog bed and chewing holes in the wall). We crate her now whenever we aren't home and at night and she does much better crated... she goes in fine and then just sleeps. But, she hasn't bonded with either of us. I honestly feel like we are just fostering her. She isn't a snuggly dog at all. She doesn't care to be pet. She does give kisses occasionally but for the most part she's more interested in juse doing her own thing (napping in the corner or chewing one of her toys in the vicinity of you, but not right next to you). My other dog seems to have aged so much these last few weeks. At times he seems to like having the company, but the majority of the time he seems to just be a frustrated and annoyed. I have spoken to the rescue about our concerns and they told me that she needs a strong leader and they'd be happy to take her back and put her in a performance home. I just don't know what is the right thing to do. I almost feel like she would do better in a home as an only dog or as a working dog. But I don't want to give up if all that is needed is more time.