Hi all, new dog owner here (12 month old Bull Mastiff X dog trainer thinks either Kelpie due to her socks/blaze or Lab because of her ears). Last week I rescued a dog from the SABBR (Staffy and Bully Breed Rescue) kennels and I'm having a few socialisation issues with her.
Peppa had a very rough puppy hood, spent 7 months in a foster carer, then a fair few months in the SABBR kennels (they are a no kill org). She was a hard case, on anti anxiety tablets, and after I met her first, I could see why. She had actually barked herself hoarse.
Still, I was told she had lived with other dogs and cats and children and was fine, just needed to be out of the kennels. She actually does fine with my cat back in Perth I should add too and is very people friendly (though she has barked at a lady who was a few hundred meters away while on a walk, I was told that was just her poor vision most likely).
Anyway I did a lot of homework, purchasing and what not to prepare everything. And now Peppa lives with me where I teach in a small country town... that has dogs everywhere. I thought this would be ok, I am fit, I go running every day and I take her with me now. I also train her in the afternoon with treats for mental stimulation for a fairly long while; she would get rid of all that pent up energy and anxiety and would settle. But wow... well, maybe I was silly to think a week would be enough, because she hasn't really. When I'm home she is in with me, she sleeps in my room on her own bed and is docile, calm and meek in the house.
The main problem is the backyard. There are two dogs who live right in front of me. I'm at the back of a long block with a shared driveway. These dogs when I first brought her home could see each other and would shove their muzzles at each other viciously. I stopped that immediately obviously once I realised it was even possible and kept her inside for two days until I could get the materials to block the gap. My bad, I'm a teacher and I get put up in Department housing while working country. I'd never noticed a 5cm gap before where the two fences join.
Now the gap is gone, the other dogs are almost always silent, but Peppa LOVES patrolling, barking, howling and growling that fence...
Today I took a quick 2 minute recording of it. I uploaded it here:
Peppa going for the fence with some silent dogs behind it - YouTube
And would _really_ appreciate someone who knows more about dogs giving me some pointers here
Apologise for any grammatical errors etc, I'm exhausted!