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Our rescue puppy - Dylan
Tue 31-Jul-12
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mauramac
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Here he is the little terror. We have had him for 5 weeks now and our lives are still upside down. He has a few problems after a bad start in life but we are hoping we can help him over these. He is lovable, funny, naughty,energetic, stressy and has lots of bad habits but we do love him.

 

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Tue 31-Jul-12
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wave  He looks a cheeky wee darling Maura.  I hope he brings you lots of joy.  

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Tue 31-Jul-12
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My rescue puppy is nearly five months, he has been with us for three months and life is still upside down! We now go to obedience and agility class each week which helps. Yours looks a sweetie.

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Tue 31-Jul-12
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Maura, he looks so cute but I bet he is a handful. My first dog was rough-haired & I have always had a soft spot for them.

I hope you can sort out his problems & I'm sure he has found a good home. smile

 

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Tue 31-Jul-12
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Thanks everyone - he can be a real cutie and thats half the problem. It's so hard to tell him off when he is naughty (which is most of the time) becaue he cocks that little head on one side and look all innocent when there is mayhem all around him.

We had to withdraw him from training classes because he got all aggressive around the other dogs and people - it's too much for him to cope with and when he gets frightened he comes out fighting. However I do have another contact who trains dogs and has a lot to do with Battersea dogs and she is coming out to see him soon. He would be brilliant at agility but I doubt I could keep up with him - I'm hoping one of my grandsons might be interested.

One of his bad habits is eating everything - stones, sticks, plants, plant pots, bird food, flowers, bees, flies, wasps, spiders, tissues, shoes, slippers, blankets, towels............anything at all really. I'm forever worrying it will be something really bad and make him ill but so far it's all gone through and out the other end flaming_nora He does it even more when he wants some more attention but to be honest we can't physically give much mre. He has 2 long walks a day to lots of nice parks, woods, fields etc and we have a huge garden which he chases around in all day with loads of toys (so far he has destroyed 3 rubber chews, 2 squeaky ducks, 4 balls). I would be lying if I didn't admit to being exhausted and hubby says going to work is now for a rest as much as anything.

Apart from all of that he is completely adorable.....honest big_laugh

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Wed 1-Aug-12
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It's a shame we're not closer Maura, we could  share the load. Jessie is full of beans and this evening  we took her out for a 2 hour walk, she came back and went straight to her ball and wanted to play. She's not a chewer, and never has been, but destroys tennis balls and any other toy pretty quickly, I think her record is about 30 seconds on destroying a squeek in a brand new ball.

Wed 1-Aug-12
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I have found plastic bottles work well, Bruno loves them, especially if I put a treat or two in them! They last quite well too. I also use the hide chew sticks and so far have had no serious chewing. Biting is our problem, not nastily, I know it is puppy play and we are getting it under control. It usually starts when he wants to play and we don't! It is certainly hard work taking on a rescue dog but worth the investment. Our lovely trainer has 27, many that were on death row that she has trained to get rid of the bad characteristics. They are all loved too.
After 3 months of living with Bruno we are just starting to understand him.

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Wed 1-Aug-12
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Thanks Janet - so nice of you to offer to share the load, I wish we lived closer as well. Sad to say I know so few people locally even though we have lived here for over 30 years. The old uns that were here and very friendly have  passed on and the younger ones are all out at work mostly. The ones at home with young children all seem to lead such hectic lives that there's not much chance to get to know anyone like we used to when we had small children......things change but not always for the best.

I do have lovely neighbours but no one with dogs frown We took Dyls up to big park last night and had a lovely walk for about 2 hours. He growled at anyone and everything that came close, even the horses in the fields that surround the park. There were several nice friendly dogs who came up to play but he wasn't having any of it. We have to keep him on the lead as just can't trust him yet but hopefully that will come in time and it is early days yet. You have to wonder what on earth happened to him to make him so distrustful. He actually likes men almost straight away but is not happy with women until he has had a chance to test them out.And yes he still wanted to play when we got home....bonus of walk was picking blackberries which are just starting to ripen here smile Made a mental note of all the other berries and rose hips and need to identify a few others. Bushes are laden with little hard purple plum like fruit....damsons or sloes or something like that.

If we could just get him to obey a couple of commands then life would be so much easier. He wont 'drop' anything other than his beloved tennis balls when he wants you to throw them for the 1000th time. And he wont come when called unless it is to bring the tennis balls. He understands the commands completely - just ignores them aargh I'm fairly sure he has had some basic training and he is really clever when he wants to be. Funniest thing he does is turning round and round in circles when he sees his dinner coming and also he can balance on his back legs and walk. He is very clean in the house and will sit when asked if he isn't distracted. He loves to play fight and nips but doesn't bite too hard but always at wrong times, like when trying to get lead/harness on/off or to wipe him or brush him....but that is just being a puppy.

Sadly he has bitten me very hard on the finger and it was not in play. He did it in the 2nd week he was with us quite unexpectedly. He was very quiet and I was worried he wasn't well from all the eating of strange things and was making a fuss of him and stroking him but as i went to get up he growled and went for me quite visciously. It drew blood and took a few weeks to heal and I have to say was the scariest thing that has happened to me as have neve been bitten by any of our dogs ever.I was still shaky hours later and he very nearly got taken back to rescue home that week. We decided to persevere and apart from one other similar incident where he almost seemed to go for me he has been very good. I'm still a bit wary of him though - it really unsettled me but the rescue people have been very supportive and understand if we feel we cannot keep him.

He's on "probation" wink

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Wed 1-Aug-12
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Hey Maura....I have a dog behaviorist staying with me at the moment and he suggests that commands have to be direct and it has to be treated like a dog and not a cute harmless fluffball.

If your dog is showing aggression when you are out, you need to face the dog away from the confrontation and tell it to sit and perhaps offer a treat.  Most likely what is happening is that you are nervous that there will be trouble and the dog senses your nervousness and reacts accordingly.

If your dog is ignoring commands, practice at home in the garden where there are no distractions and, remember treats.  These can be temporary and you don't have to give them every time.  If the dog doesn't come when called, do not chase the dog, but get the dog to chase you and when it does come back, offer a treat and praise.  The reward motivates the dog to good behaviour.

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Wed 1-Aug-12
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Thanks Elsa  I'm grateful for your friends advice. We are using the treat method of training and sometimes it works fine - he is very reponsive but also very wilful and if he doesn't want to do something then he just ignores you completely. I have had terriers since I was a child - mostly Jack Russells and JR crosses so know the terrier breed really well - but have always had them since puppies. In all those years I never got bitten once which is quite something with JR's. We also had a dalmation, and several greyhounds and I don't think I lack confidence with dogs but I do worry this little fellow will suddenly turn and that may well be transferring to him. It is only 5 weeks since we picked him up so early days yet. We think he may be around 9 months old but hard to say for sure.

He is very smart and it's hard to convince him that it will be better to come to us than to run away. We give treats and offer lots of encouragement using his favourite toys but it's hard work most of the time. I'm sure we will get there in the end and have a behaviourist coming to see us this weekend to have a look at him to see if she can work him out.

Thanks again.

Maura

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