Good day, all!
I'd like to tell you about our new family member, Kali. She was rescued a while ago, from (what appears to be) an abusive owner.
From what we can establish, she is a year old Collie. A very beautiful white, with a small patch on her eye, but this isn't important. :P
We brought her home about 4 weeks ago, and from the moment she arrived we've had some 'problems' with her.
They aren't exactly problems that are troublesome or anything - it's just not what we expected and is turning into a circle we can't really escape.
She is shy around people when they move quick, and are loud. It's obvious she's scared of us because of her past, and that's not a problem for us alone, because we know it'll fade out eventually as she learns to trust us. However, she has a 'switch'. If we run around or play around, she'll instantly include herself, and begin getting excited and jumping around. But as SOON as you stop and sit down, etc - she'll carry on, jumping around on everyone in a playful manner. We tell her no, training her to stop this, and the like - but it's troublesome that this 'switch' of personality exists, and last for upto 30mins. Afterwards she instantly returns to her shy, reclusive side and resumes following us around the house.
Now, I mentioned we was training her - which is true. I've just got a year off university (I'm 18, living with parents.) so I have plenty of time right now to train her with the family. IF we could. She is terrified of treats, toys and anything bigger than your hand (I mean, will run away to the nearest corner, etc watching and staying until we get rid of them.)
She won't eat food out of your hand, and if she's seen it's been in your hand (i.e; throw something to her or place it on the ground), she'll sniff and then ignore it. I should also mention throwing something towards her will scare her (obviously).
It's very difficult to praise her, when all we can do is give her a 'good girl!' and stroke - which doesn't seem to be doing much, if anything.
When we had her stitches out last week, she was given Endep-50 by the vet after my father explained her 'rage' towards dogs (which ill explain), and shyness.
She is a very inquisitive dog when she is happy, like on a walk. However like I said before, that 'switch' comes into effect when she sees a dog. She becomes uncontrollable verbally, and the only solution is to remove her from the scene. But also like I said before, now she has seen this dog, she won't calm down for -ages-. We can get back in the car, drive off for an hour, and she will be on the lookout for dogs, giddy and excited.
She's also started biting through cables.
Let me summarize;
We can't take her out and 'waste her energy', etc because she will try to attack other dogs.
We can't train her to stop attacking other dogs (And take her out with family dogs), because she doesn't quite know her name well enough yet (or doesn't care about it, haha) and won't accept treats.
We can't have a good time in the backgarden instead, because her toys, balls, ropes and bones scare her - literally.
I'm currently in a rush, haven't proof-read the above and I have probably left stuff out that you may feel important. If you have any questions to help Kali and, please ask! I'll edit this later to better explain our situation if need be, but I wanted to get this out before I go work to see what people think.
I thank any replies whilst im gone!