Serena is going well. She has finally got used to her kennel and no longer sleeps on the cold bricks in the garage. I consider that a minor victory!
I heard her bark and growl for the first time last night which was heartening to hear her doing doggy things. She has also started to play and gnaw at a massive marrow bone I got for her. She is still quite fearful and spends a lot of time under my study desk whilst I am inside the house. I'm a little worried that she might have a thyroid problem because she sleeps a lot and often refuses to come out. The vet said I have to watch out for signs like losing fur on the tail which she does have a small patch missing on her tail. Not sure whether its that or she is just happy lazing around or still fearfull. I am just so used to staffies that are bouncy and enthusiastic. Maybe I am expecting too much from Serena at this stage.
I purchased a long line the other week and we have been using in outdoor situations. I haven't used one before but I just let it trail behind her whilst we walk around the part etc. She is very well behaved on the long line and walks by my side and easily recalled from distractions, even other dogs! Is this the correct way to use it? Is she behaving well just because she knows I have control at all times? how does this translate to getting her off of the long line as we progress.?
Also, would it be wise to use the long line under supervision inside the house to expose Serena slowly to the goings on around the house.? My fear is that she will remain under my desk and become isolated from the family and things going on around her. Is there any wisdom to slowly desensitising her to things? I have increased the interaction with the kids and they, under my watchful eye, have been bringing her treats.
Anyway, there is the update and I will continue as best I can. any help with the above questions would be fantastic. I clearly would not have come this far with Serena without everybody's help on here.