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    Thought I'd share my most recent update of Muffy. She is doing really well. Here are two videos of us at the park today. Clearly she has come a LONG way in 4 days

    Muffy having fun - YouTube
    Muffy learning drop - YouTube

    Thoughts? Comments?

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    My thoughts... she is awesome! and so are you. I think you guys are just so good to take her on and train her, give her love and make sure she is ok.
    So happy things are working out with her and for her!!
    Love the videos

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    Aww, she looks happy and confident!

    (And our foster kitten was hitting at her on the screen, lol)

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    Muffy looks like she is having fun. It's great to see her running around and enjoying herself, so glad that you've been looking after her and showing her the rules! She looks really confident and is enjoying those treats, bless her little heart

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    Wow, what a great job you are doing, she looks great, happy and looks like she has bonded with you already. She is very lucky to have you
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    We are really surprised with her progress too. She hasn't tried to bite anyone since the first night. She still has a few little issues, such as the beginnings of separation anxiety, although this seems to be controlled at the moment, and fear cries if she gets bumped etc by big dogs, though she's doing better with that now too. She's on her way to becoming a great pet

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    Oh, I also wanted to say that she has decided on her safe spot. She likes Lukes crate, so we put her bed in it when we're in the loungeroom so it's more comfortable for her
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    She's definitely a lot happier now
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    i think it's going well. Not sure about the dinner bowl thing. Definitely rude of Luke to push his luck there, and a predictable reaction from Muffy. So what you do depends on what you want.

    I'd want Luke to wait until Muffy had left her bowl before trying it on. Ideally I'd want Luke (and my dog) not to eat anything without permission. My dog actually asks for permission with some things - she sits and barks once - when she wants something that's on the bench or out of reach. And sometimes she gets what she wants, sometimes she gets something else, and sometimes she gets nothing. I do like to reward that she asked and didn't steal. But she's still quite happy to nick stuff at the park.

    As far as Muffy goes, is it important that she be ok about sharing her dinner or not? Because then you'd have to spend some time training her to give up her dinner (and get it back) comfortably at least to a human. Personally, I'd work on Luke's manners first.

    With my dog sometimes I interrupt her dinner because she started without permission. And the reward for letting me do that can be dinner with sardine topping. Though she might have to wait a bit longer for that. Ie response cost for starting early she has to do a longer wait. Once I tell her she can have her dinner, I let her have it. Sometimes if I need to interrupt after giving permission, it comes with an offer of a fave treat. Easy choice for dog.

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    Just watched u tube videos. Are you sure the little dog in the videos is the same one as first described in the thread? I think there has been a mistake here!!! Lol. She obviously loves you an wants to please you.

    Congratulations on so many levels .... for caring, for giving her your time, for having faith in her and for giving her a second chance to have a happy life. It must be miserable for anyone or anything trying to live in our world when fearful and anxious.

    Watching those videos actually made my a little teary 'cause it was just so damn nice to see little Muffy happy.

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    Early days are often really good....Wait until the 14-21 days....That is when dogs often gain their environmental confidence and the proverbial sh** hits the fan....If it doesn't, you can celebrate.........

    I do a lot with Rescue dogs and it took me a while to figure this week 3 thing..........Craig Murray finally made me "see the light", I will always be grateful for him, those 5 years ago.......And Steve Austin also mentions the numbers in his training, during his work-shops/seminars I went to.........Something about it, but it is true.
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