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    oh it's ok, i am still trying to be, if not leader, at least second in charge.. she reacts best with my husband, but she has had some training along the way. she's good with me out walking on a lead. she knows 'sit' and 'down', has almost mastered 'back up' as well, which may not be so new to her, as she is a large-ish dog. she stands back to let me through doors first, that sort of thing, she's a smart dog. she comes when i ask.

    we shall see.. it's early days yet..

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    Hey Zen,
    You're doing great! and so is your girl.

    Others have given you great advice. I know it gets tiring but please be patient. Everything's still so new to your girl. I'm sure once she realizes that you are her forever family she'll settle down.
    She sounds perfect and she's very lucky to have you guys.

    I adopted Lola who's now 1yo, 8 months ago. She had lots of fearful behaviours. She was always very clever and quick learner also. She's very clingy even now. Follows me around everywhere. I had problems with her sleeping for a couple of nights. What i did is let her sleep in my bedroom on a nice warm doggy bed, fed her at night and walked her at night also. Getting her buggered at night worked a treat.
    Lola was also afraid of toys, she was only 4 months old so probably never seen any before. What i did is get toys you can put food in. Especially 'treat balls' put some liver treats or other, take your pooch outside, let her have a good sniff of the ball and gently roll the ball on the lawn so some of the treats come out and show her. It didn't take long for Lola to enjoy ball games after that and she could play 24/7 now with any ball, no treats needed. If I don't have time to walk her at night, we play ball in the backyard so she still gets her exercise.

    The other thing that might help is before you go to bed get a t-shirt or jumper etc that you have worn (so it has your scent on it) and put it on her doggy bed. Being able to have your scent there next to her could make her more comfortable and content.
    Good luck! Hope tonight's better for you!
    You're doing great!

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    thank you all so much for responding here.. i really do appreciate your advice, and your kindness also..

    Southern Harmony, i am not nervous in front of Millie, i am calm, i am patience personified, my zen-ness takes over entirely.. i am just a little nervous (is that even the right word i wonder?) between me and myself on the inside. if that makes sense to you.

    as an example... while out walking along the lake this week, i met two ladies walking two small dogs each. i made a wide circle around, just in case, but they stopped and talked, (to tell me how gorgeous Millie is ) while still standing a ways off.. they told me that their four are not always so relaxed around a larger dog, but because my Millie was so relaxed, they were fine. so i figure i am doing something right, or Millie is just a perfect dog.. the next day, one lady came closer, and her dogs had a sniff around Millie, who just sat there, leaning against me, my hand on her head, she didn't even twitch an eyebrow.

    we had a better night last night thank you. my husband took her for a run, not just a walk, (i couldn't manage a run, yet!) with her catbed at my side of the bed, the teeshirt my husband wore on the run on her bed, her rope toy, and her dental dumbell with bits of liver treat stuck into it all around, both my husband and i had a whole night of sleep!! i feel so much better this morning.

    little accident on the living room carpet however... but easily cleaned up. and not her fault i am sure.. the vet warned me the pills she is taking for her rash will cause her to urinate more often, need more water and be hungrier too.. one time i would have wished her to wake me up!

    i did not scold her for this, i hope that is right.. a bit late after the fact. she did watch me clean it up tho, hung her head, and looked embarrassed about it. i calmly told her that it was a bad thing, and a no no. i am hoping the word 'bad' has some meaning to her, like 'no' does. she's very good about -no- and will stop what she is doing, or give back my slipper! lol.

    i took my slipper away from her this morning, and replaced it with her rope toy. i'm hoping this might strike a bell with her eventually.

    i am too used to cats. i've always had cats, i have to remember Millie is a dog.

    it's time for walkies...
    Last edited by zen; 09-24-2009 at 05:49 AM.

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