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    Apparently she hasn't been staying with them in the paddock off lead, but she use to always stay with me... Explanation?
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    So she runs away from them or?

    Mums rescue Benji (bichon x poodle) took a long time to warm up to us & mum. Now he is my mums shadow. From the beginning if he was off-lead he would take off. Now we all
    walk him off-lead (doesnt do well on the lead cause hes too slow) and he stays right on our heel. Give her time to warmup to her new owners she might still be trying to adjust. Probably
    Still trying to wrap her head around being away from you

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    True. I found it weird. I might go visit her this week.
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    When I had had Banjo for a couple of weeks and took Banjo for a walk at the river, she followed some complete strangers back to the carpark while my friend and I were having a rest before we headed back.

    I do think it takes them some time to realise who their humans are.

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    For the first month with new owners - it's a good idea to keep the dog on lead, and work recall drills in a controlled environment - where the dog can't run off.

    Frosty won't do anything my mum asks her to, unless I can get Mum to run some training drills with her. It's called "generalising" the training ie just because you have the dog coming to you, doesn't mean it will come for anyone else, until you train it with lots of different people - or at least the ones you want her to listen too.

    It would probably help if they make her work for all her dinner eg sit, drop, stay etc until it's all gone - so she connects the new people with good things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    For the first month with new owners - it's a good idea to keep the dog on lead, and work recall drills in a controlled environment - where the dog can't run off.

    Frosty won't do anything my mum asks her to, unless I can get Mum to run some training drills with her. It's called "generalising" the training ie just because you have the dog coming to you, doesn't mean it will come for anyone else, until you train it with lots of different people - or at least the ones you want her to listen too.

    It would probably help if they make her work for all her dinner eg sit, drop, stay etc until it's all gone - so she connects the new people with good things.
    I'm not sure if they are working on those things.. But i did. She knows to wait for her food by sitting and knows to sit and drop etc. Was still working on stay when i had her. Hmm. I miss her so much i always cry when i think about her.
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    The new owners need to become more rewarding than it is to run away. In other words they must carry high value rewards and keep her on a long line when walking. Call her back time and again and reward reward reward.

    One issue that dogs pick up on is that when they are at a park or beach or wherever, if they respond to a recall, they will have the lead clipped on and then get marched out of the play area. End of game.

    Do not take her off lead until she comes back every time she gets called. Then let her off lead in a safe enclosed area and call her back. Clip on the lead, reward her and then let her off again. Repeat 4 or 5 times before clipping on the lead and walking out of the area. Do that several times over a few weeks.
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    It takes a while for a dog to adjust. And Cleo has a lot more distractions over there too, so much to see and smell.........I think it might be a bit confusing for her if you go there. If she is missing you.

    Sometimes it takes the time it takes. Did these people have much experience with dogs? And do they use the same type of training. I always give our Rescues some time to settle. It is actually easier to settle a Rescue from an abused home where life was not too good. Then a re-home a dog who lost a good/happy home for whatever reason. I have always found the dogs that I re-homed from where the loving owner has died the most difficult, the dogs take a long time to settle........So you had given Cleo a good home, so I would think it would take longer........
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    It is actually easier to settle a Rescue from an abused home where life was not too good. Then a re-home a dog who lost a good/happy home for whatever reason.
    That is definitely right.. Meika came from a very physically abusive home and would pee herself everytime she heard the word "no". She stuck to us like glue and was able to be let off the leash with perfect recall from the first week we had her (we had only had her about 6 hours and I looked outside and saw my OH's dad with her off the leash on the spare block next door, she came running over went I went out to get her but holy crap did I get mad at his Dad!!). Molly is a bit different, she was skinny when we got her and afraid of different sights etc and just seemed like the had been locked in somebody's yard and ignored, not physically abused like Meika was. She is very very clueless when it comes to any form of discipline and as every new sight, sound and smell is 'new and amazing' we still can't trust her off the leash after 2 months. I'm definitely not saying Molly came from a good/happy home but you know what I mean!

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    Rexy was so easy. I still laugh about when we picked him up. He didn't come from an abusive home - but he wasn't given the attention he deserved. He went to puppy school but that was as far as his training stopped, no socialization from there on forth & he was lucky if he even made it outside his backyard once a week (for walks). We bought him outside and didn't even have to tell him to get in the truck - he jumped straight in & had this smile on his face like 'oh yeah, so when are we going?' his previous owners were crying and trying to say goodbye and he couldn't care less. As far as he was concerned he was going on a new adventure! He didn't have a problem settling in at all.

    Molly knew who i was from the get go - she just attatched herself to me as soon as we got home, would follow me everywhere & would hide from Mum & OH until i got home from work & then she would come straight to me. I remember the day after i got her we went to the beach & my mum's OH was walking her whilst i stayed behind setting up the BBQ. She got off her lead & bolted straight back for me & refused to go walkies with anybody else - would just dig her heels in and stare back at me whilst they took her away.

    Different dogs have different way's of coping with a new home & owner. Some adjust from the get go, whilst other's can take months to wrap their heads around things. There is no right or wrong time period. It's just a waiting game for cleo's new owners.

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