Post # 1
We picked up our dog from the pound and brought her home last night.
She aclimated to her surrounding better than I thought – even though, she’s a tad confused (who can blame her!)
I found out some back story to her – which was they found her tied to a pipe in a parking lot! Someone had just abandoned her.
I’m a little concerned she has something seriously wrong behaviorally for her to be abandoned in that way… but, so far, she’s doing ok and is such a sweet girl.
She is stubborn and there is a definite battle of wills. We enrolled in a behavior/obediance class that starts next week and it can’t come soon enough.
We put her in the kitchen with a doggie bed and that room has a door out to the backyard (with a doggie door). She did not seem to want to use the doggie door, so I was worried she would have an accident.
Around 4am I heard her stirring, so I got up and took her outside. She (of course!) thought it was time to play. I led her to the spot we want her to go the bathroom, but she did not understand. She just sat and looked at me with her big, brown eyes. After 15 mintues, I gave up and took her out front, where I knew she’d go – and she did and then we went back in.
I have NO idea how I’m going to teach her where to go to the bathroom!!! The back area we will keep her during the day has a lot of brick/concrete, with a patch of dirt behind the garage. This weekend, we are changing the location of a side gate, which will give her some additional dirt space… I’m thinking of putting grass there, so she has a spot – since it’s obvious she has learned to go on grass……
Post # 3
Ah, she’ll figure it out eventually . We foster dogs and every time we get a new foster, we think the same thing, how will he/she know to go there, to sleep here, etc. They learn pretty fast. Just praise her (a lot) when she does something she’s suppose to do. Some of our foster take 2-3 days to learn the routine, some take 2-3 weeks.
I’m sure in month or so your new dog will be all settled in!
Post # 4
@Missido: Thank you for your post! I kept telling myself – a month from now, this will be so different… 🙂 So, your words are encouraging!! I keep trying to remind myself to be consistant and show her who is boss (lovingly, of course!) and that it will all pay off in the end.
Post # 5
@oracle: Congrats on your new pup! What did you end up naming her? She’ll adjust. It will just take time and patience. 🙂 Can’t wait to see a photo! I’m sure the obedience classes will help, too. Just be consistent with your training and I bet she’ll adjust in no time. What a sad beginning she had. 🙁 I’m so glad she is with you now!!
Post # 6
Aww she’ll get the hang of it! And I agree with Jenn, lets see a picture of the furbaby!
Post # 7
@Jenn23: I think her name will be Sadie! We aren’t 100% sure – but we keep calling her that! She definitely was NOT a Bella or a Luna, surprisingly!
Pictures to come soon! Last night, I tried, but she was moving around so much and then the others I got were at night and she had crazy flashflight eyes 🙂 I figured I’d give her a break from my photo shoot and just let her settle into her new home. 🙂
Post # 8
Congrats on your new baby! Can’t wait to see pictures. Dogs are very smart. She’ll pick everything up in no time. Additionally they sell sprays that make dogs go in certain areas. Not sure if they work, (never tried it), but it might be worth a try for you.
Post # 9
You will probably want to put grass in the area you want her to go. If she’s always pottying on it, it might not last long! LOL! But some dogs don’t like to potty on dirt because it usually doesn’t absorb quickly enough and gets on their feet, etc. You don’t want muddy-pee-paws tracking through your house! EW!
Can’t wait to see pictures!
Post # 10
You said she was found tied to a pipe & think there may be issues with the dog… but people do stupid things. Sometimes people move & don’t/can’t take the dog, or can’t afford to feed them, or get bored with them… & just dump them or tie them to something & leave. So sad :(. Its likely not the dog’s fault at all & probably just a jerk didn’t want their dog anymore. Glad she has a good new home with you!!
& its great that she’s housebroken! Her old home may have had concrete flooring or something similar… we have tile in the house & my dog will NOT go unless there is grass or dirt.
So can we see pics?! Please? 🙂
Post # 11
Congrats on your new pup!! I’m so happy to read that you adopted her from a pound. There are so many loving dogs that are just needing a loving home!! Can’t wait to see pictures.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t worry about her behavior…lots of people abandon animals for one reason or another.
Warning: Don’t wake up with the dog! They will continue to expect you to wake up with them at their ridiculously early time!
Potty training will come, just take him/her out every hour for the first few weeks and say “go potty” and when they do go potty, go nuts about it, like they’ve just done the best thing ever.