Hi my g/f has a mini-sheltie male who is the sweetest dog in the world. When I first started to come around he always wanted to play and we often would play. As I started to come over more often he wanted to play less and less and no he is not interested in playing at all. This started after I accidentaly stepped on his tail, he was very scarred and I felt terrible. He will listen to commands from me and I can walk him without issue. I feed him and give him treats and he will let me pet him and he will give me kisses but he will not play and when the girl friend is around he follows her around everywhere. It been a few months and I do not know how to win him over. Please help !!!! i was also walkign him yesterday and I am him on a leash and I wazs not facing him when he saw a squerril and he took off, being on a short leash he lauchned himself a few feet in the air and fell and I made sure he was ok but after we got back he would not come near me.
Shelties (not mini) are super sensitive dogs, but that means that they are easier to train, but it also can mean they can learn fast to be afraid of something. Lets face it, dogs get stepped on, its more about your reaction that causes the problem. In the future if you do step on the dog or something tramatic happens, stay calm, and don't coddle the dog. If you bend down to pet or coddle the dog your rewarding the fearful behavior, or sometimes just the panic behavior of a person can have an effect on the dog. . It should not be a big deal, just walk away. When the dog shows interest in you, or wants to play, then lay on the praise for showing interest in you. Find yourself (special to you) treats that the dog will go crazy for and doesn't usually get. Does the girl freind ignore the dog more then you?