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    i am so glad that you have found a catalyst into this dogs happy space, water.

    Congrats on your new addition. Thankyou for saving another unwanted!

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    So, it's day 4 now and we're getting to know her a little better. In her quiet ways she is a very pushy lady, this one. She appears to have had 0 training and does clearly not know the meaning of 'no' but just continues what she was doing (e.g. climbing into my dinnerplate, surf the countertop in the kitchen, emptying the rubbish bin ...)

    A few things really worry me though. For one she refuses to be left alone and continues to find new escape routes from our garden. It's quite amazing where she can fit through if she wants to! The other things is how Nero reacts to her. He is usually very gentle and a huge sook but with her he acts like some stupid Macho - most of the time she spends lying flat on her back while he is sniffing her. Initially I stepped in but now I think they'll have to sort it out somehow because I'm not always there. So I tend to watch and only step in when he starts humping her or when it all goes out of hand. He even growled and barked at her on a couple of occasions. I don't think I ever heard him growling before. And he clearly scares her

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    It's still early days, Margoo. You'll get a much better idea of what's what in a few weeks time. Just try take it one step at a time and continue doing what you're doing. Maybe just start doing some very simple training. Like 'Come' when she's already heading for you and sit for treats, etc to strengthen the developing bond. Involving Nero in some of these exercises might help too?

    My dog still surfs the benches and raids the rubbish bin... But I am almost aggressive if a pet comes too near my dinner plate! I am allowed to be food aggressive, they aren't...

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    Thehehe... involving Nero. I reckon he must have put on about a kilo already because he is hogging all the treats I have for her. She still doesn't react to her name, he doesl! If I call her, he is by my side in an instant! In fact he listens to her name better than to his own. She isn't big on treats and I haven't found yet anything that is appealing enough to her to work for it. She usually just drops it and Nero does his vacuming trick ...

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    Cooked liver?

    It's probably just too early to do anything much... She must be thoroughly confused after all she's been through. One of those moments when you wished that they could understand English so you could explain that yours is her forever home now.

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    'margoo', really enjoying reading this ! Another pup rescued from the 'scrap heap' or worse !

    As others have said, it is only really early days and this little girl is still sorting everything out as to what is what in this new environment that she has found herself in.

    A bit of tough love would not go astray - because she does need to learn the rules of her new roost ! This will also give you the advantage of her settling in easier. As others have said - pups thrive on boundaries, love, attention, patience and consistency.

    Once she feels safe - then you will be seeing that the trust will also be there ! Sometimes that happens quite quickly with pups, or in my case with Riley - it took about 6 months.

    Now, he is very good - no unnecessary barking, even if all the neighbourhood dogs are going off, will let me use the broom on him and sweep him - instead of before believing I was going to beat him with it.

    Sorry that she is still trying to leave your property. Riley used to do that also. Took about 6 months again for him to decide that he really didn't want to leave home. Maybe setup a secure run within your yard to keep her safe. I have a yard around the house and then the yard around the whole property. This seems to have worked well here.

    As far as her name is concerned - new home - new name ! A pup's name is only a sound to them.

    When Riley first arrived, his name from his previous life was 'broken'. If I called out pup, bag, beautiful - he acknowledged all those - whereas his supposed name - no way.

    So on his second night here, after he was relaxing after dinner, I hit the computer and poor 'Mr Google' and we went and found a new name for him ! So I was reading out names and looking to see if I got a reaction from the pup ! A really and truly scientific way to go about it - but it worked !

    As she thinks OH is just the best - maybe give OH this chore and responsibility to find a new name for the pup - within reason - of course ! Remember the rule for names - if you can yell it out while standing in the street somewhere and not feel embarrassed - then that name is a keeper !!!!!!

    Keep up the good work ! She sounds as if she will be worth it - the cheeky little pup with the pigs ear !!!!!!!

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    Tough love... I am so bad at that. Today I told her off for emptying the trash bin. I caught her in the act and told her 'absolutely NO'. I didn't even yell at her - I just raised my voice slightly. She looked so terrified that I ended up giving her a big cuddle

    And about the name... you are SO right. And we did SO wrong. OH is a Roxy Music fan so the poor girl is now Roxy. Actually I can't really blame her for refusing to come. She is probably as embarassed as I am when I call her name out loud.

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    I just wanted to say a quick 'thank you' to all of you!!
    You're helping me really a lot with your comments and Riley, when I read that it may have taken some time (Not sure if I like the sound of '6 months') but in the end it was all worth it is just so unbelievably reassuring!! Sometimes when she is just soooo clingy and scared at the same time, and Nero is being a bully I wonder whether we really are the right home for her. Maybe there is the perfect home for her out there and I am just selfish for keeping her. Her last foster carer said that she settled in her house immediately, ran around with all her dogs and was just happy as Larry. Well. Maybe that would be her perfect home.

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    Helping with the rehoming of Whippets I've come across a lot of escape artists. Whippets has the physical ability to clear any fence if they so desire.

    In my experience many dogs that escape have not come from a horrible home, quite the opposite, they come from a home where they were given no boundaries and not taught to be confident with their own company. They were babied and now have Separation Anxiety. For a Whippet this often means that I rehome them to the city where they live in a converted warehouse home with an inner courtyard and an owner that either works from home or part time or basically is around a lot.

    Escaping then becomes a habit that has to be broken. I think she would benefit from the love metre being just turned down a bit, let her come to you and try harder.

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    Margoo, it is such early days. Do you have a two week trial period?

    And please consider that foster carers may "gild the lily" somewhat,
    she was likely an escape artist there as well, so they could have
    been eager to move her on.
    We have a similar situation here with Snoopy (big dog/baby) and Ginny
    who we have been fostering since Sept 1.
    He seems to like her now and they play nicely most of the time, but it
    has taken all this time for them to sort out the relationship.
    There have been a couple of incidents that frightened the daylights out of me
    but he had to draw a line in the sand and she has learned now when to back off.

    I see the happy snaps on rescue pages of three dogs curled up together on a
    couch, the new rescue having been there for only 2 days!
    This has just never happened at our place, but I am a worrywort, so maybe the dogs
    pick up on that. I should drink more often.

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