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steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 14:55:17

So, we have now got our third foster dog.
The first two have been rehomed, which has been lovely to see.

But this dog is young, only 10 month old, and I am am feeling a bit nervous that I am doing the right things with her.

So I used to dog sit a young dog with an excellent owner, who taught me how to train her to do various things, but it was alwasy things he had begum to teach her, and I was reinforcing it. I am putting those into action, but this young lady doesn't know anything at the moment, and I am at a bit of a loss as to how to begin some of them.

How to I train her to sit?
She came in a weed on the carpet. I am hoping that is stress, as she is supposed to be house trained, but are there any tips for encouraging her not to do this, especialy overnight?

Any other tips?

Thank you!

CMOTDibbler Sat 28-Oct-17 15:04:00

I wouldn't worry about teaching her to sit, I concentrate on walking on their lead nicely, house training, sleeping somewhere appropriate at night, and being left OK.

Housetraining is a boring process of taking them outside every 30 minutes and standing there until they wee/poo and then being massively praising and treat laded till they get the idea. If you don't get them to do a wee, watch them like a hawk and then whizz them out the door as soon as you think they might be circling/looking at the door or whatever

steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 15:08:49

Thanks Dibbler.
I need to go and collect stuff from the rescue this pm, so I will ask a few more questions. They may want me to take her to training classes.
She is asleep by my feet at the moment, finally, after circling the house for the last hour. (she only arrived this morning).

To be honest, I think she will only be with me a couple of weeks, as the younger healthy dogs seem to be snapped up pretty quickly.

Right, we should all be out tomorrow morning, but I think one of my teenagers might be on dog duty, seems a bit soon to leave her.

steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 15:11:14

here she is

steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 15:11:50

Great Dane shock she is all legs at the moment grin

CMOTDibbler Sat 28-Oct-17 15:28:44

Oh bless, she's gorgeous!
I try and make sure I leave mine for at least 30 minutes every day so that they are used to it. I do crate, and give them a kong to worry at, so any consequences are at least contained

Santawontbelong Sat 28-Oct-17 15:36:07

Oh my days what a beautiful dog!! Good luck, very envious of her ever - after owner!!

steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 16:05:53

Dibbler, we are fortunate to both work from home, so we can be flexible and train her to be left.
But as tomorrow is her first day, I don't want to leave her all morning.

I don't have a crate, so I am a little concerned about her overnight and being left, but I will get more info this afternoon.
She is very attached to her blanket, even though it isn't actually hers, it just the dog blanket we use in the car for all foster dogs.

steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 16:07:21

another one

steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 16:07:58

she doesn't look as grown up as this picture suggests though, she's just a baby!

parklives Sat 28-Oct-17 16:28:09

What a beautiful dog!
How did she end up in rescue op?

ProseccoMamam Sat 28-Oct-17 16:29:49

Crate her at night until you’re sure she is fully house trained

Let her out hourly in the day and reward with a biscuit if she goes toilet outside

If she toilets in the house pick up mid poo/pee and put outside, if she doesn’t ‘finish’ within 10 mins let her back inside without treating, if she ‘finishes’ outside (even just a small pee or poo) reward with lots of praise and a biscuit.

With the training to sit

Hold the treat at her eye level until she is concentrating on it, then lift the treat higher (she may jump up, just pull the treat away and then try again when she is calmed down) she will soon naturally put her back end down and her head up to follow the treat, as soon as her bum touches the floor you need to praise and give the treat. After she has the hang of it, you need to introduce a hand signal and word. So when her bum touches the floor you make a hand gesture (I personally hold my hand up as if I was high giving someone) and say ‘sit’ at the same time. Soon you will just have to raise your hand or say ‘sit’ and she will know what you want her to do.

Hope this helps

ProseccoMamam Sat 28-Oct-17 16:38:33

I’ve just read the thread, she looks quite nervous and she is using the blanket as a comfort (just like a baby) - which is completely understandable and normal, I’m not trying to insinuate you’re doing a bad job. Fostering animals is an amazing thing to do OP

Allocate her a space in the house where she can go that nobody is allowed to go in. Somewhere she can relax and be undisturbed, it will calm her massively if she knows she has somewhere to go if she feels overwhelmed. Her ‘comfort’ blanket should go in that space too so she gets the association quicker.

I’m assuming you have her a bed in a certain place in the house, if she sleeps in that while people are in the house that means she is comfortable there so that should be her safe place, if she is going somewhere else during the day (maybe a ‘hiding’ space somewhere such as under the stairs or in a corner or behind something) then transfer her bed to that space. Hope she settles in soon, she’s gorgeous smile

Bubble2bubble Sat 28-Oct-17 17:18:13

How gorgeous ;)
Tbh I wouldn’t worry about teaching any commands just yet, as she’ll be stressed from the upheaval. Just concentrate on housetraining and getting her to come to her name and let her find her way around the house.

steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 20:46:31

Thanks everyone.

She belonged to someone who lived in a flat and decided that she was going to be too big, and so put her up to be rehomed. sad

I didn't take those pictures, but yes she is nervous, already much better than she was even this morning.

I spent some time with the lady from the rescuse this afternoon, so have a better idea of what she needs. She is supposed to be housetrained, she only came to the rescue yesterday and didn't have any accidents yesterday or overnight.
She has now weed twice in the lounge though, and we have been taking her outside religiously and encouraging her. Not one single wee outside and 2 inside isn't looking good. Dh even took her out for a little walk on the lead as we thought maybe she was used to going while walking, but no, nothing yet.

She didn't have a bed when she arrived, and she came with nothing of her own from her previous home, just our dog blanket, which at least smells doggy, even if not of her. I now have a bed for her, and put the blanket in it, and she has settled really happily in that. She has been asleep for most of the evening.

The only problem is, we always put the dogs in a corner of the lounge, it is right next to us (me) on the end of the sofa if they need it, but it is a quiet out of the way corner.
BUT, as she is weeing on the lounge carpet, I think I am going to have to put her in the kitchen overnight which is not great (cat can't get in and out either if she is in there) I don't have a crate and don't want to risk her weeing everywhere.

We did say no puppies, so we didn't need to deal with housetraining, but she is lovely and I am happy to work with her.

We are not really trying to train her, but some stuff sort of comes hand in hand with having her, so when she jumps up we are gently putting her down and saying Down clearly, then praising her.
Kids were playing with her in the garden and getting her to come to her name, and rewarding her when she did.

steppemum Sat 28-Oct-17 21:17:38

Yey! she has weed outside. Progress

steppemum Sun 29-Oct-17 16:53:27

Good afternoon all!

She has settled loads. She is house trained, wee accidents were moving stress, and she is now going outside quite happily, and no accidents over night. She is lovely but really a huge puppy, all legs and bounce.

Took her out this morning for a walk with a long lead, and it was a disaster. She had no idea at all, and went mental with excitment when we met some other dogs. (nearly pulled me over trying to hold on to her)

Dh took her out tonight with a normal length lead, and she was better on that, so we will stick to that for the time being. Trouble is she has a lot of energy and can't run on a shorter lead. (I am not allowed to let her off lead, and I wouldn't want to anyway as she doesn't know me or come to her name well yet)

She seems really responsive, and quick to learn, kids have been playing wiht her in the garden, and doing chuck the ball and then call her back to you. She has, in 24 hours worked out to bring the ball back and drop it at your feet, which is amazing really considering all that she has been dealing with in the last 2 days.

wow, thought we were getting to be good at this dog malarky and she has made me realise just how much I don't know! We have had an easy intor to fostering with older, calmer, easier dogs!

Kids are in love though...

CMOTDibbler Sun 29-Oct-17 17:37:21

It's great to hear she's settling. Each foster really is different and I learn with each one - my current is fabulous out and about, but has to sleep with a human else she yowls. Fortunately she curls up nicely and sleeps through on the bed!

steppemum Sun 29-Oct-17 20:17:29

Oh that wouldn't work for us, the bed is the cat;s territory.

hmmm, dog and cat haven't met yet. Cat is in a general huff over the whole dog fostering thing!
Still, he gets night long cuddles on the bed.

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