Elda is so smart - she figures things out on her own, and then acts on them. For instance, in the morning when I start to get my shoes on, she realizes I will be leaving very soon, so she goes and gets in her crate without waiting to be told.
She is also very strong-willed - she struggles with the desire to be part of the pack vs. the desire to have her own way. Gradually the strong need to be a member of a pack is winning out over her indomitable little self-will.
I had to go waaaay back in my dog-training experience to handling very young wolfdogs to socialize them to their mixed-species pack. For many behaviors that need extinction, we would use our hand as Mama Wolf would use her mouth, gently clamping down on the offender's muzzle for a few seconds until s/he got the point. I have been doing this with Elda when she tries to force Culda out of a session of petting and affection, and she is starting to get it - now when Culda is getting cuddles/pets with one hand, Elda will approach my/DH's other hand to be petted and cuddled. This also keeps Culda from withdrawing with her nose out of joint.
Elda is also getting much better at coming back in the house when called - the detours and "deafness" are decreasing in number and getting shorter as well.
She is just such a delight - watching her blossom is so much fun!
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