- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
So I wanted to update for anyone who also is looking into doing this and not sure how hard it will be!
My other two threads are here : http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/anyone-adopted-a-puppy-mill-rescue-dog-please-come-here#axzz2Rrg6crNv
So that was the beginning of my story.
Well I got my puppy the end of December and it was very rough at first. Being a mill dog, she was used to peeing/pooping whenever the feeling hit her, wherever she was. Her foster mom had started potty pad training her so we stuck with that.
Well we started with her penned in a room covered in pee pads, and reduced them down to three. As for behaviour, when we first got her she wouldn’t look at us or come near us on her own. She would startle at every noise or movement, and didn’t want to even be in the same room as us. We could pick her up if we could corner her, and when we pet her she would be stiff in our arms like ‘okay can I go yet?’
Well we moved in January and we now have a better fenced yard and a bigger house for her. She has a penned area where we transitioned from puppy pads on the floor (since sometimes she’d go at the edge and it would sit on the floor until we got home and we were worried about ruining them) to a puppy pad in a litter box!
We definitely tried training outside but, winters here are cold, windy and snowy and she wanted none of that. It was hit or miss and definitely depended on how much snow was on the ground and how cold it was outside. She also can hold it longer than I have the patience for waiting in the cold in my pajamas at 6am! I waited for 2 hours once before giving up haha.
Anyways we started tether training her to get her used to being around us and the movements/sounds we make. It worked and now we let her out of the pen whenever we’re home and she usually follows us around the house. We started picking her up and snuggling her and just petting and petting her. We realized that she was starting to LIKE being pet and started SEEKING us out for attention.
Now, it’s been 4 months since we’ve had her and we ALMOST forget how she was before! She goes outside ALL the time now and pees and poops no problem (but you have to know she has to go and let her out) and if we don’t get home in time she pees/poops in her litter box! She loves our backyard and when we’re home at night she loves snuggling on the couch with us!
She now chooses to want to be on the couch with us and snuggles right up. She now doesn’t hold her tail up under her body and wags it on occasion.
Bees I just want to let you know IT’S NOT THAT BAD!
I was so worried it would be hard, and it definitely is difficult. But really it just takes patience (having her has helped my patience greatly!)
She’s very quiet and loves sleeping all day, she doesn’t cry or whine in her pen and she does excellent on walks (however she still strains far away from strangers on the sidewalk, which is okay).
We sent the update to the adoption group and they posted it up right away with the caption “adoption update: this one is so good we’re posting it as we got it!”
It makes me very happy. And now a picture of our girl laying with my Fiance who is sleeping xD