I have a question. I have two chi puppies, DeeDee and Dexter. They are seventeen weeks old and siblings...brother and sister from the same litter.
DeeDee, my female, is very social. She comes when called, rushes to jump into a lap..she is very people oriented.
Dexter, my male, seems more reserved. He is very friendly, but he will not come when called, he runs if I try to pick him up, he never jumps into a lap, etc. he keeps his distance, although he wags his tail and never ever acts aggressively towards anyone.
DeeDee is definitely dominant. If someone picks Dexter up, she goes nuts and if she can get to him she attacks him.
I've just started obedience training with them and we have determined the need to take the classes separately. Dexter cannot seem to focus on the instruction because he is focused on DeeDee.
Could Dexters reluctance to interact be just his personality or could it be that he is being bullied into staying away by DeeDee? When I spend time with Dexter one on one he seems much more relaxed and willing to cuddle.
I know they love one another and love us too but I'm worried DeeDee may be intimidating dexter when it comes to him spending time with us.