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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    'Ados' - How is your pup going ? Any updates ?
    Hi Riley J, i was going to update later today but now is a good time!

    Serena is going well. She has finally got used to her kennel and no longer sleeps on the cold bricks in the garage. I consider that a minor victory!
    I heard her bark and growl for the first time last night which was heartening to hear her doing doggy things. She has also started to play and gnaw at a massive marrow bone I got for her. She is still quite fearful and spends a lot of time under my study desk whilst I am inside the house. I'm a little worried that she might have a thyroid problem because she sleeps a lot and often refuses to come out. The vet said I have to watch out for signs like losing fur on the tail which she does have a small patch missing on her tail. Not sure whether its that or she is just happy lazing around or still fearfull. I am just so used to staffies that are bouncy and enthusiastic. Maybe I am expecting too much from Serena at this stage.

    I purchased a long line the other week and we have been using in outdoor situations. I haven't used one before but I just let it trail behind her whilst we walk around the part etc. She is very well behaved on the long line and walks by my side and easily recalled from distractions, even other dogs! Is this the correct way to use it? Is she behaving well just because she knows I have control at all times? how does this translate to getting her off of the long line as we progress.?

    Also, would it be wise to use the long line under supervision inside the house to expose Serena slowly to the goings on around the house.? My fear is that she will remain under my desk and become isolated from the family and things going on around her. Is there any wisdom to slowly desensitising her to things? I have increased the interaction with the kids and they, under my watchful eye, have been bringing her treats.

    Anyway, there is the update and I will continue as best I can. any help with the above questions would be fantastic. I clearly would not have come this far with Serena without everybody's help on here.

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    Hi Ados

    I think getting your kids to be feeding Serena treats is a great idea. And they should be asking for basic tricks like sit or drop or shake hands for each one, and a chest rub or chin rub (avoid patting the top of her head for now).

    I think your dog is just extremely unused to living in a human family environment.

    The long line - depending what sort you got, usually creates a bit of drag so most dogs know the difference between it on and off. I usually tie knots in my leads so if I need to stop the dog in a hurry, I just step on the lead and it stops under my shoe with the knot. If there is no knot - my dog can pull the lead out from under my foot without stopping at all.

    I usually find there is a "zone of responsiveness" - eg 25m ish for my dog. If she is inside the 25m zone - she's very responsive and almost always does what I tell her. If she's outside the zone - she feels free to ignore what I say if there is something she considers better on offer like discarded school lunche scraps in the playground. So if I come close to a temptation area like the playground - she goes on lead well before we get there, so by the time she's tempted - she can't leave.

    There is another variation on the theme where you have a normal lead and the long lead and you unclip the normal lead to give your dog the opportunity to choose to come back or not when you call but still have control - she can't nick off completely. The idea is that when you don't need the long line to get control - then you can experiment with leaving it off.

    the one thing you have to watch out for - especially if she's playing with other dogs - is tangles. I tend to let my dog drag the horse lead in this situation - it's shorter and harder to get tangled and she misreads how close I need to be to catch her - ie I can be further than she thinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi Ados

    I think getting your kids to be feeding Serena treats is a great idea. And they should be asking for basic tricks like sit or drop or shake hands for each one, and a chest rub or chin rub (avoid patting the top of her head for now).

    I think your dog is just extremely unused to living in a human family environment.

    The long line - depending what sort you got, usually creates a bit of drag so most dogs know the difference between it on and off. I usually tie knots in my leads so if I need to stop the dog in a hurry, I just step on the lead and it stops under my shoe with the knot. If there is no knot - my dog can pull the lead out from under my foot without stopping at all.

    I usually find there is a "zone of responsiveness" - eg 25m ish for my dog. If she is inside the 25m zone - she's very responsive and almost always does what I tell her. If she's outside the zone - she feels free to ignore what I say if there is something she considers better on offer like discarded school lunche scraps in the playground. So if I come close to a temptation area like the playground - she goes on lead well before we get there, so by the time she's tempted - she can't leave.

    There is another variation on the theme where you have a normal lead and the long lead and you unclip the normal lead to give your dog the opportunity to choose to come back or not when you call but still have control - she can't nick off completely. The idea is that when you don't need the long line to get control - then you can experiment with leaving it off.

    the one thing you have to watch out for - especially if she's playing with other dogs - is tangles. I tend to let my dog drag the horse lead in this situation - it's shorter and harder to get tangled and she misreads how close I need to be to catch her - ie I can be further than she thinks.
    Thanks Hyacinth. I had the house to myself today (very rare indeed with 3 boys) so I managed to use treats to coax Serena to parts of the house she wouldn't normally go - i.e. kids rooms, bathroom etc. I'll do that every day so she realises that the house isnt really scary after all. Its a long road but we are getting to know each other more every day.

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    Just adding one comment here - it doesn't mean they are registered breeders they produce good litters, if there's no ethics behind the breeding sometimes it is better to purchase a litter from you know who really put an effort with ethics.
    m<(o.o)>m

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    I've never bought from a breeder before as my previous dogs had all been from families selling their pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi Ados

    and she misreads how close I need to be to catch her - ie I can be further than she thinks.
    dont ya just love it when the smart bastards misjudge things, just occasionally?

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    Ados' - Really pleased to read your update ! Very encouraging to read !

    How many weeks is it now – since she arrived ? It is still early days ! Hearing a bark and a growl – good stuff ! She is slowly learning to trust you all – so keep up your good work !

    The kids giving her treats are a great way for kids and pup to get used to each other. What about the kids brushing her coat and also going for walks with you when you take the pup out ?

    Have you thought of setting up another bed for her in other areas of your home ?

    Where on the tail is the small patch of fur missing from ? Stress could also cause problems with her coat – but best keep an eye on it.

    Also – you have mentioned that your pup has dry skin. Riley gets sardines in spring water about 3 times a week – maybe you could try that ! Start off slowly – but pups usually really like it ! Yoghurt is also really good for pups.

    Did you read the thread ‘margoo’ started when they first got Roxy ?

    Here is the link:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...econd-dog.html

    Now – does Serena like her name ?

    This is what I wrote about changing a pup’s name in the above thread:

    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 !
    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 !
    Just a suggestion !

    Oh dear – I have done it again - heaps of questions again ! Never mind !

    Please keep updating – and what about a couple of photos - maybe ?
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    Hi RileyJ
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    Thanks for the encouragement. We are doing ok. We went for a little walk just before - not fare, just outside onto the front lawn. I didn't use my leash and I let her have a quick sniff around the lawn and along the footpath and she came straight away when I called her back. Pretty happy about that. Hopefully we can build on that. I am studying at home too so plus juggling three kids under five, my life is packed to the hilt. Still, at least its not boring!
    Photos to come as soon as I can.

    cheers

    Adrian

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    You went for a walk to your front lawn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goggles View Post
    You went for a walk to your front lawn?
    We have a big front lawn....
    Last edited by Ados; 03-06-2014 at 11:22 AM.

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