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Old 01-14-2013, 07:37 PM
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We have had the girls for two weeks now, and have a better idea of their temperaments and issues.
Physically they are doing brilliantly, raw certainly agrees with them, and they are both happily using pee pads.
Mouse is halfway through her season, and is taking it all in her stride. She flirts shamelessly with Harley though, poor boy! Her marking has reduced, as she gets more settled and her hormones level out I don't think it will be an issue. She is doing really well outside, she is anxious when there are other dogs and people around, but behaves well. She will give a little warning growl if a dog is being too full-on, but is quite submissive. She will allow people to interact with her, but isn't comfortable about it. I think once her season is over she will be fine, I am just introducing her to more experiences gradually. Her only other unwanted behaviour is that she wants to lap-guard, but she understands now that this means the end of lap privileges. She is very easy to train.
Delilah is a different story altogether! In the house she is happy, bouncy, and quite rambunctious. A happy little girl. Outside, she is terrified. She gets hysterical when she sees another dog, snapping, snarling, and screaming even when the dog isn't close. (Even a whole field away) She is scared of people too, but gives a warning growl before she snaps.
She is much more dependent on Mouse than Mouse is on her.
On the plus side, she is better with the unfamiliar outdoors now, leaves and sticks no longer terrify her. She also comes straight back to me if she is unsure, she definitely trusts me now, and will happily follow me even in places she has never been before.
Any advice on ways to help overcome Delilahs issues will be much appreciated.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:50 PM
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I don't have any advice, I just wanted to say that it sounds like you're doing a great job with them and that the changes are amazing considering how long they have been with you. Great job Stella
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We made progress yesterday. After visiting the vet, (stressed, but not as bad as last time, plus there were no other dogs there) we all went to a large pet shop for a look around. Both dogs (I left Harley at home) were walking comfortably, happily sniffing things with their tails up! I was amazed! Then Delilah amazed me further, she voluntarily went up to a stranger and sniffed her feet. HUGE progress! A tiny puppy being carried was ignored by Delilah, and Mouse wanted to meet it so badly, wagging and whining. Then a Labrador walked past which did set Delilah off, but I was able to distract her and continue happily exploring.
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