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    Can you pop her in your room rather than outside? And join her?

    As far as training goes, pick up a clicker (between $2.00-$9.00) and let me know when you have one, I have a plethora of simple tricks that can be taught in one - five 5 minute sessions. Keep the clicker on you and when you have visitors work with her on those things. I also have 'games' that you can play with her that may help. You can use your voice instead, and I use a cue of "Are you ready for work" with Batty when we're about to do training, which gets his attention as he knows it means fun. If she'd rather chase things, instead of charging the clicker with food, charge it with a tennis ball (or a mini ball of some kind) being thrown. Instead of Click and Treat, Click and Throw. When you first start charging the clicker (or your voice) simply click or say the word, then give a treat or throw the ball, if you're using a ball, have two or three on hand as she may not realise at first that bringing the ball back to you means it gets thrown again.

    ETA: On the subject of responsibility - When I was your age Masha, we had 15 horses, 200 cattle, 10 sheep, 2 pigs, 12 goats and 20 chickens. We also had 6 dogs and 4 cats. I was totally responsible for two dogs and 5 of the horses, plus had to take care of the exercise needs of 4 of the other horses - 6 were oldies and just liked to plod around at their own pace. I was up every morning at 2:30 or 3am, feeding, riding, grooming, releasing horses from stables, and ensuring troughs were full. I also was studying, had to be ready to get to the bus for school at 6:30am - took two hours on the bus to get to school. Afternoons were the same deal. It can be done.

    I set a timetable for myself, I had a set time for tv/computing/gaming which was 30 mins a day, I usually chose between the three and rotated around. I also set myself time for chatting to friends which was 15mins. I had printed out a diary page of sorts, listing how my time was broken up and I stuck to it. I was a straight A student and passed both my HSC and SC with flying colours.

    It comes down to your own time management and what you are dedicated to. If you aren't dedicated to Dora then she won't bond with you, and she will suffer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    That's a really great idea! She seems healthy, but we do have a slight problem with fleas. I de-flead her two weeks ago, washed everything she owns (bed, blanket etc) but she won't stop scratching - though I can't find any fleas whenever I look through her coat. Anyone had this problem before?
    she could have an alergy, that could make her grumpy. If that gets cleared up and she does not improve talk to the vet about thyroyd (sp?) issues.
    Like Clea and DA have said maybe it is a bit much for you right now. Have you asked your parents for help and a bit more backup in training her? It is a must to have the backup you need.

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    My mother managed her rotten terrier who hated all bar family by removing him from social situations with visitors. He went to his own space quite happily. On walks, she just did a time she knew many would not be out and about. It worked well for all, including the dog. Give and take to me means the difference to a peaceful or stressful existence. She tried to socialise him, he hated that so all was good. Sometimes I think we get too precious about what we think should be done, what others think etc.

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    Brought the idea up (of maybe giving her away) - led to a ten minute argument with my parents. Aargh. They are so gonna turn her into a typical SWF if I give up.
    Mum can't give her away because she'll worry about Dora till the day she dies - what if Dora gets beaten, what if Dora is kicked out, what if, what if.
    I tried to tell them that if we DO give Dora away, we'll make sure to ask the potential owners lots of questions, etc. Cos truthfully... this isnt the best home for Dora. At all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Cos truthfully... this isnt the best home for Dora. At all.
    You are an incredably rational person. I applaud you! Dont take this the wrong way but I am proud of you for making the honnest assesment that she doesnt fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashaari View Post
    You are an incredably rational person. I applaud you! Dont take this the wrong way but I am proud of you for making the honnest assesment that she doesnt fit
    I just wish my parents felt the same way. Talked to them about giving her away again - they still don't understand. Mum refuses, saying she'll keep Dora. I tried to explain everything; how this isnt the best home for her, and if she keeps her it will only make Dora's problems worse - but she refused to listen. As much as Mum loves Dora, she just doesnt want to listen.
    Will talk to her about this further in the next few days. Will also take Dora to a vet. Thanks for all the advice
    Last edited by Masha; 03-21-2010 at 07:18 PM. Reason: why oh why must i have so many typos?!

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    Your attitude and insight gives me massive hope for the generation of the future Masha. All the best sweetheart.

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    Masha, I think you need to say to your parents that unless they try to work WITH you then you wish to rehome Dora, if that is the case then I'd like to offer my help.

    I'll drive over to your place so I can spend a little time with Dora, see her behaviour etc, then I'll help screen potential adopters for you. That's why I need to meet Dora, so I can help find the right "match".

    Can't do it for a couple of weeks though!

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    That would be fantastic, Greys! I'll talk to them tomorow (they're on the phone right now) about it. But don't you live in Hawksbery(sp?)? Sutherland Shire is a while away.

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    Yep it IS a long way, but like you I want what's best for Dora. PLUS (sneaky sneaky) it might make your parents take notice if they know that someone experienced in rehoming dogs is going to get involved. Get my drift?

    Also if they are worried about ME, if they want to check me out they can have a look at my website, and I'm happy to talk to them on the phone beforehand.

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