QUOTE(Jo@thewilderness @ 14th Aug 2008, 8:09 pm)
Little update on the lovely Honey.
Still stressed but settling OK. Very responsive doggie girl who just wants to please.
I've sussed out her food issues. Some numpty has done the lets take the food away from the puppy. She is fine if you are sensible. She needs reassuring that she is allowed to eat - sure sign. Started taking treats from me though - real breakthrough. Currently playing with a fish for dogs and investigating it
She is completely cat and small feathered and furry friendly - had a quick sniff at the hens and wandered off. And jsut done a real sniff of one of the trick cats and then backed off at first sign of a cat face looking at her
She is learning too - put her back behind the dog gate this morning (OK, may have had to do it 11 times!) and she stayed there. Bloomin' little tinker was on the non dog sofa when we got back tho
And then on her walk she was larning so fast. I wish my other lot were so attentive to me and listened so well
And I am so relieved, completely clean in the house. Talk about an iron bladder.
This is a doggie who will make a loyal and fantastic dog to someone who is going to work on her and respect her space. She has problems, she is scared of the world and it will be a long haul to understand that people can be kind, a raised hand doesn't mean anything other than a ball is being chucked, a man doesn't mean a beating, a closed door doesn't mean you'll be shut in there for days...
She really needs a home or foster where she has more 1 on 1 or doggies who aren't going to be as feisty as her. But, she is being lovely with me and OH. I;ve currently got a stinky dog on my feet, a greyhound pushing me off the sofa and a collie sitting on my chest. OH is upstairs...
But I've chickened out of the bath thing
Tomorrow is another day.Still very stinky and so is my sofa!
This is really good news, it will take time, you know what you're doing and I'm so happy that you're going to help Honey
Re bath...I wouldn't bother until she's been with you for a couple of weeks at least. I reckon considering the kind of life she's have she's never seen a bath in her life, perhaps try a bucket or warm water and a soapy sponge to start with but outside.
I think she'll react if you bath her because she's so unsettled and doesn't trust you yet
With some of the dogs in our care, to save any altercations with baths I use a dry shampoo on the dogs, works wonders!
You can buy aerosols or normal sprays from most pet shops, they really do work well, some need to be used with brushes etc but again to avoid triggering a reaction... some you can just spray right into the fur and you can leave it on, she'll smell gorgeous!