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    Quote Originally Posted by hachna View Post
    Hi Glitter,

    You sound like an experienced dog owner....I think you will know when the time comes.

    Do you not think potty training via crate will be different from without crate though? I only use a crate for training so I am not so sure about shifting from crate to non-crate, but i know if they move more (which is over night out of the crate) they need to go to toilet more (which might be the case without crate). Therefore I think if you want her sleep in your bedroom with other dogs, you might have to train her out of crate. This is just my opinion.
    We've only ever crate trained our dogs so I have no idea how the potty training would go without the crate. We are crate training Kenzie and she seems to be quite happy in the crate, though it is a bit large for her so I'm thinking about putting the divider in that came with the crate. Our intention is to crate train to establish the rules of the house (i.e. potty outside, only chew toys, etc.). After we're confident that she'll be ok unsupervised we would like to bring her in the bedroom to sleep along with our other two dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florence View Post
    Lucky dog, lucky your family, Glitter. I don't think you have much to worry about frankly. She sounds a great dog and just because she is a rescue it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with her or different about her. Generally, they just dogs who have become lost and people haven't found or don't want to find for reasons many and varied .

    All my dogs are rescued from pounds and some of them wolf their food down and others look at me as though I am trying to make them eat poison.

    Dogs are like humans: some sail through their "incarceration" and others are forever traumatised to a greater or lesser degree. I have two dogs who if they ended up in the pound today, despite my having had them both for seven years, people would think they have been beaten, they are cringers extraordinaire.

    I think you just carry on as you are, let your new girl into the bedroom with the others and if they have to go to the toilet through the night she will probably just follow them.
    I didn't mean to insinuate that there's anything wrong with her, we think she's great! I just wanted to be fully aware of any issues that I may not have had to deal with before. For example, she was a bit nippy when taking treats from my hand. She's not being aggressive, she just really wants the treat and didn't think to avoid my hand. I've since been holding the treat in my hand so that she can't get it straight away and she has to be gentle in order for me to release it to her.

    She has some scarring on her muzzle and legs. I wonder what she's seen and been through in her 9 months. She has exceptionally good doggie manners and she's picking up on our expectations quickly. I am not worried about her getting along or fitting in, I just want to help make things as easy as possible on her.

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    Here's an update on little Kenzie:

    She's still eating like a piggie, but I'm now giving her two smaller meals instead of one big one. The bowl with bumps in it doesn't seem to be slowing her down much at the moment.

    She wees outside fine but is a bit reluctant to poo outside. Sometimes it takes me 45 minutes of walking until she's ready to poo. I expect this will get better with time.

    She has had some accidents in her crate, but that's my fault. The crate is too big for her so I probably need to install the panel to section it off. The other times were after I've taken her out but after a really long walk she still didn't poo so I thought that she didn't need to. I'm still getting used to her schedule and the number of poos she does in a day.

    She seems to drink A LOT of water. Should I keep making it available to her all the time? She'll drink all the water that's in the bowl in her crate then I'll take her outside and she'll wee. Then drink lots of water from the water bowl outside and won't wee again outside. I'm guessing I should let her drink as much water as she wants but stay outside with her for 20 minutes after her last drink. What do you think?

    When she is in her crate and she has to go potty she doesn't let me know until after she's already gone. Her crying woke me up at 2am last night and I was thinking that she needed to go outside. She had already weed and pooed in the crate and wanted it cleaned up.

    Thanks again for all of your help!!!

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    Yes, always make sure she has water available. I would also have her checked out. How is her weight compared to the amount of food she consumes?? Her appetite and thrist may be a hint of a health issue.

    Having had dogs with bladder issues I always encourage drinking. It is well worth it healthwise, just more painful for us humans to enusre they can access soemwhere to toilet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Yes, always make sure she has water available. I would also have her checked out. How is her weight compared to the amount of food she consumes?? Her appetite and thrist may be a hint of a health issue.

    Having had dogs with bladder issues I always encourage drinking. It is well worth it healthwise, just more painful for us humans to enusre they can access soemwhere to toilet.
    Thanks Anne! Her weight is fine, she has a well defined waist and the typical staffy musculature. The AWL couldn't tell me exactly how much she was being feed, they said they guessed at how big her stomach would be considering her size. She weighs 11 kilos so I'm feeding her two small meals each day, the sum of which equals Nutro's recommended daily feed. She gets treats on top of this of course.

    I have her first check up with the vet scheduled on Monday. He said to give her a week to settle in and then bring her for a check up.

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