That's absolutely true, and IMO, is a big part of feeding into, if not causing, SA. If the owner is very nervous about leaving the puppy, or feels really sorry for the puppy when they return, a puppy picks up on that quickly. And similar to your story, if tensions are running high around here, particularly between our teenagers and us, Kodi gets more and more wound up and barky. The kids then tend to yell at HIM. I have to point out to them that if THEY'D settle down, he would too
Ehh, IDK If I attributed to her SA, I think she may have developed it by being so attached to her breeder? Her breeder's description of her personality, was/is very much like her personality now...she'd often ditch her littermates to go hang out with the humans and cuddle up with them. If I have a playdate at my house, she will go introduce herself, but always ends up back at my side.
I wanted to do everything right, I did my homework researching breeds, temperament, read a ton of books, read this forum in its entirety (it was smaller at the time) and even implemented quite a few of Tom King's training suggestions (which worked out great) but I do think the SA was already a part of her, maybe it was from leaving the breeder.....IDK. I did practice the whole 'not being upset', crate training by the book, 10 minutes at a time and working up, etc..the book didn't exactly work..one size fits all did not fit us, with that said..as in any relationship, human or canine, there has to be rules and consistencies and there has to be some 'compromise' (I know that's a sticky wicket kind of comment and I don't mean let your dog run wild and rule the house, but in a more specific sense of being flexible to trying new things (ie. my changing the crating to an xpen, hanging bells on the door for her to ring when she needed to go outside, etc....worked much better, for both of us...than some of the other suggestions put out there as being the be all and end all of training advice.)
And housebreaking, well, I think its a bit harder for those of us with a single dog, because we don't have the benefit of the pack, or other older dogs showing them what to do, I think they 'get it' at the breeders but then put them in a whole new environment, they have some relearning to do.
That's pretty funny, but it's also a great example of how impressionable they are! Tom King has mentioned that they are like training Arabian horses. As another person with a LOT of experience training Arabs, I agree with Tom completely. They are very smart and they don't forget. So don't make mistakes training them, or you'll live to regret it!
They *are* very smart and they have memories better than mine, lol..whoever said that dogs only have a short term memory need to meet my dog, she doesn't forget a thing and can spot ANYthing in this house that is out of place, or moved a foot in the other direction..she'll bark or whine at it to let me know its not supposed to be there, its amazing. My DH who has had other breeds says she is by far the smartest dog he's ever seen, and in some ways..the most stubborn. lol