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Old 12-13-2012, 05:16 AM
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Thanks everyone for the kind words! Nova is doing better today. She made her last trip to the vet to get the dressings off her back feet, so that should really help things. Also I got a thundershirt and it did help! I put it on her and about 10 minutes later I saw this-

I have only been taking pictures with the cell phone because I can turn off the sound and it doesn't startle her. I got this one right as she saw me and bolted back into the crate, first time I saw her stand up straight. Later though she came out and sniffed the room a little bit. It is funny because she really, really wants to follow Kerri around, but Kerri wants to be near me. Nova is not so keen on being around me and you can see her little brain working on that predicament. If I put Nova on the couch next to me (we have been doing that to fluff up her crate/change pee pads and water) she will stay there as long as I don't make any attempt to touch her. Last night with the thunder-shirt on she looked at me with her head up and her ears perked. As far as sitting on the couch with me I have been not pushing it but she does need to be checked out and her stuff cleaned at least once a day so I am having her sit next to me for that.

In other news we were thinking she might be mixed with dachshund (aka chiweenie- *shudder*- hate that word) but now that she stood up straight I am re-thinking that. The vets office told me they don't think there is any "weenie" in there and the rescue gets a lot of that particular mix and she is not 1/2 doxie IMO. At least 3/4 ch I am thinking if there is any dachshund in there at all, or she might just be really badly bred chi. With her height I am not thinking her and Kerri are littler mates, but I do think they must be related. They just look so exactly alike, she just has shorter legs.
How awesome! Keep us updated!
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:51 AM
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So cool that the Thundershirt helped! I was going to suggest trying one, because they really do seem to help with a lot of timid/frightened dogs. Baby steps, but she's going to get there!
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:20 AM
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So cool that the Thundershirt helped! I was going to suggest trying one, because they really do seem to help with a lot of timid/frightened dogs. Baby steps, but she's going to get there!
Yes, if they work they are great. The trainer the turned me onto them say they work immideately or not at all, but the great thing is that they have a 45 day guarantee so if you get one and it dosnt work you just return it! With foster dogs that have been around they have worked twice now and not worked once, I would encourage people to at least give them a try.

Nova is actually doing really good the last two days! We had a friend come visit from out of town yesterday and it was perfect because she has been working with dogs profesionally for 7 years. Couldnt ask for a better first visitor for a shy dog. She came out of her crate to investigate the visitors, sniffed at everyones feet and voluntarily sat on the couch and allowed us to gently stroke her back/butt! We still scare her back into the crate with loud noises, sudden movements or anything that looks like we might pick her up but for now I think she is doing amazing. I also have been sitting outside the crate with treats and she will take them from my hand. At first I held my hand in the crate and she got one every time she came over but that was too easy. Now she is getting a treat for putting a foot outside the crate and onto the carpet. She still isn't making a direct association between action I do = treat, but that will come too. She is a smart little dog.
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