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PostSubject: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 10:46 am

Someone i know couldnt look after his dog any longer and late one night dumped her on me she was fine for 3wks and then turned on my own dog then settled again and another 2wks passed and she went again
it isnt her fault since havin her i have found out the guy had her in a 2bed flat that wasnt meant to have dogs or any animals so she was never taken out for walks or socialized and he used to go out and leave her pretty much all day every day and his idea of showing her love was to feed her junk food
she now has to be seperated from my dog and even 6wks after it has happened he hasnt forgiven her
is there anything i can do to make it easier for her to adjust to new situations and animals so she doesnt find them all a threat she is good on lead but will try and lunge towards a dog but doesnt growl or anything but she didnt show any signs when she went for my boy she is a lovely girl and amazing with people an since she has lost so much weight she has so much energy and loves to play

i would love to be able to have her where she and busta r buddies again cause they loved each other and were inseperebal
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 12:04 pm

First off, well done for taking Missy on and giving her a chance.

You need to get her walking well on lead (without lunging) by taking charge If you know when she's going to or is likely to lunge try a command before she does such as 'leave it' and get her attention back on to you, then lots of praise.

the way I would get the two dogs used to each other again is (once you have managed to get Missy to stop lunging) Is simply by walking them together.

Do you know what triggered her reaction to him last time maybe a toy/treat or your affection?

Is either of the dogs crate trained? this might be a good idea to help Missy feel secure by having a place of her own.

I would still make sure that they aren't left alone together though.

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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 12:13 pm

Hello - as Claire says well done for taking Missy into your home and for not blaming her for her actions.

I would also practice more walks - jogs etc to drain her energy and also second Claire's advice too.

I would also see if you are able to join some doggie socialisation classes - some will allow you to attend but walk around the fence to begin with so you and they can guage her state of mind before been allowed to mix

I think it will take time but you sound like the kind of person to work through this - hugs xx
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 12:38 pm

Aww well done for taking her on and also persevering!

No more advice to add but agree with all the above!
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 1:03 pm

Ditto about the above. Training classes are excellent for socialising and training at the same time. As for getting them to be with one another again I think she needs to understand that you are the boss and she is not allowed to attack him, Adam is your best bet for advice on this.

And yes, good on you for taking her in, she won't be a five minute fix though, it may take months but I bet she is worth it spinner smile
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 1:24 pm

Awww well done you for taking her on, as said above it may not be a quick fix, but you will get there with some help and advice.

If you have a specific question you can always put a post in this part of the forum http://staffiezone.boardonly.com/f122-k999-specialist-behaviour-help-for-your-dog for Adam to answer. He may not answer right away, but his advice is invaluable.

Lots of members have had problems with their dogs or rescue dogs so don't feel that you are alone as we can all support you to try and make it work.

Welcome to the forum it would be great to see some pics of your dogs spinner smile

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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 1:27 pm

hello and welcome
well done for rescuing her
good advise given above x
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 2:09 pm

hiya thanks everyone i wont give up on her she deserves a normal life bless her
clair the only thing i have been able to link to her attacking my dog is when she has been stressed an noise as the first time she did it was when my bathroom was being done she was fine till the 3rd day then they were curled up with me like normal bust on the back of the sofa and missy next to me then out of the blue she turned on him
and the second time i had a girl and her 3kids down and she over stayed her welcome as she was going thru tuff time and her kids r heti missy was fine till the 4th day then again out of the blue while busta was sat in midle of kids she got up from next to me and sunk her teeth right in scared everyone half to death but she got him a goodun

they still get 2 walks together a day when do the school runs and they r like nothing happened out

and anytime she sees a dog as long as i see them first i can pretty much stop anything b4 she even starts

i dont know weather she is going in a dogs directin to figure it all out or cause she wants to hurt them

do u think this is a good idea i have a few friends with dogs if to get her bit friendlier i mussel her and arrange to bump into different dogs
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 6:05 pm

Hi Hun

I have seen your post with Adam - so without appearing rude I wont comment any further as your in very good hands with Adams expert advice -

I would like to say - best of luck - xxx
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 6:11 pm

thank you

with any luck he will b able to give me some tips on how to manage things and get her to being the lovely dog i know she can be
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 6:13 pm

You're welcome hun - better to get one to one advice and Asam is superb at explaining xx

I am sure with your commitnemt and dedication, which is clear to see in your post that you will help Missy to move forward xx

Keep us posted on the progress though xxx
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 6:18 pm

cheers

i am willin to do anything i can to help her as she deserves to have a proper life and if she had had it from the start then she would have been different

since she has lost all her weight she is a different dog already instead of being sore when walked even the shortest distance she cant wait to get out and run (while on lead) she is a funny loveable little girl i know she cant help the way she is

will keep u updated and hopefully there will b improvement in her
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 8:08 pm

Thank you and I am sure with tiny steps you will make huge changes xxxx

Just been in a forever home means more then anything to Missy but try not to think of her past - and be firm but fair xx
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 8:13 pm

i will always be firm and fair along with showing them a lot of love

and once again thanks
glad i came across this page
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 8:26 pm

Awww you sound just like me honey xxx Dancing Banana
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 8:41 pm

missys main fault now she isnt near the dog is she gets so excited to see me she kills me with kisses and ends up nipping my ear bless her

oh and she takes up all the space in bed at night thats just wrong but love her to pieces and love it if can get her ok with different aspects of life and harsh as it sound i really dislike her last owner for keeping her locked up day in day out and sometimes all night on her own
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 8:46 pm

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww sounds like every Staffords owner dream xx

My boys also take up all of the bed.... in fact I reckon they would love to have my bed and me curl up in theirs hahahahaha

Mine also go mental when they see me and nibble my ears lol xx

It doesnt sound harsh hun - as humans we just want to make up for all the hurt and wrong that they had in a past life - I think its really sweet of you xxx

I try to be firm but fair - but often get told off by OH for spoiling them hahahahaha - oh well lol xxx
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 8:53 pm

she wouldnt let me sleep anywhere else cause cause she wouldnt b able to get under the covers herself lol
cause the second im in bed she nudges me until i lift the cover for her love it now its winter she is my little hot water bottle she doesnt like rules as she never had any but she really doesnt have the choice

she hates not being aloud on the sofa cause since she hurt busta on the sofa both time she isnt aloud up
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 9:01 pm

OMG my boys do the nudge thing too lol xxx
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 9:02 pm

they r such dopey animals

but i wouldnt want any other dog
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 9:07 pm

Hi Jo and welcome to the forum. Missy sounds vey lucky to have found you. Some great advice so far and I am sure with time you will work around it.
Will go and read your other post in Adams section x

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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 9:12 pm

As Suzie says keep it firm but fair and if you take half of Adam's advice you will be well on your way to a happy dog. Good on you too for loving her no matter what, think you've struck a chord with me and Elsdon, he's hard to love but once you do there is no going back spinner smile
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 9:20 pm

thank you so much

cant help but love her despite her minor flaws which i understand aren't down to her and all she wants is love and attention

its just gonna take time and a lot of trying and if any probs will b straight on here lol well pleased to have found this page
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 9:20 pm

pompeyj wrote:

do u think this is a good idea i have a few friends with dogs if to get her bit friendlier i mussel her and arrange to bump into different dogs

Aside from the great advice you will get in the K999 sction - can I just suggest you don't muzzle her and create introductions. Muzzles are an extreme measure - careful slow gradual socialisation and confidence building will give her the skills she needs to develop. You're already doing brilliantly with her just keep going and she'll get there spinner smile
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PostSubject: Re: how to socialize a 4yr old bitch    Fri 09 Dec 2011, 9:30 pm

thank you

its good to get feed back as never had to eal with this sort of thing and glad i didnt listen to everyone who said shes a bad dog have her put to sleep

that was from people i know and i had to explain she isnt a bad dog just not used to every day things and spose to her its frightening and makes her nervous
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