Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Updates - Foster Dog

Well, it's Tuesday ... feels like Monday ... need I say more? Sorry I haven't posted for a few days, the computers at work have been down all week. Because of this, I haven't had much time to wander through CL or the news yet! Things are progressing over here, so I thought I'd post something a bit personal today.

The latest foster dog is learning so quickly I've had to slow her down (she's only been at our house since mid-week last week). I'm worried she'll flood with too much too quickly and pick up bad habits and that would be worse than making her wait and keeping her a bit bored. I hate it when I'm the one that has to slow them down - it's so refreshing when they actually WANT to learn more.

We're curbing a dog agression issue right now - she's tried to take a chunk out of all 3 of my dogs. She's not reactive - which is nice because most I work with are. I did know this problem existed before I brought her home - I witnessed multiple instances of agression towards other dogs at the pound - but I was hoping it was caused by the high stress environment.

Each time she's started something, it's when my dogs aren't paying attention to her. Not good but I don't think it will take long to resolve - we only had one growling incident yesterday so I'm hopeful that it's already on the way to being nipped in the bud. For her, it seems to be a confidence issue as well as a lack of understanding regarding proper interaction between dogs.

Oh well, here we go again, eh?


shane rocket said...

good luck with her!!!

Fred said...

Great on you for taking her in despite her aggression issues. Rocky, my Dobie, used to have some mild aggression issues with his new housemates as well (an older dog of mine used to fall on Rocky sometimes and Rocky didn't know what to make of that and didn't much like it either).

Will you be doing any posts on how you're dealing with the aggression? Very interested.

Rebecca said...

Good luck! We just adopted a second (permanent- WOOHOO!) dog who has some cat issues we are working on so I know the feeling. :P

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DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Shane Rocket - thanks!

Fred - I don't have an issue putting up a few blog posts about aggression and how I deal with it (keeping in mind that each dog is different). I'll see what I can put together based on how this foster goes.

Rebecca - congrats on the new dog! Cats are hard sometimes, but persistence and consistency pays off.

Kaylee - glad to have you join us.