TDFOSTER Posted February 3, 2014 Report Share Posted February 3, 2014 Good morning, Most likely I will make this too long but I need some help. I foster for a rescue that takes in mainly mixed breed dogs. Last Wed. I took a female Bordie Collie/Black Lab Mix puppy that was said to be 5 1/2 months old. Unfortunately this happened so fast I had not time to do any homework. Now, I have started and I am fearful that I am harming more than helping this pup. There are three other dogs in the home. A female Boston Terrier that belongs to my sister, a foster male boxer that has few manners...that is being worked on by my sister and a Shitzpoo that belongs to my mom. Marajade (from Star Wars) is her name but I have shortened it to Jade. The story that I can eke out about where she came from was that there were three females all BC/Lab mix being sold for $10 each. One of the volunteers of the rescue saw this, went and got the pups and when she got there, they were outside with 25 other dogs. At the rescue, Jade was with her three sisters (they were only there for 24 hours before I got Jade). She stayed behind her sisters and laid on the bed. Sat most of the time with her back to everyone and her nose in the corner. When I picked her up to take her home she yelped like I was killing her..didn't last long but startled me. When we got home, I held her close to me and introduced the other dogs and that went fine. Didn't spend any time together...just wanted her to know that they were there. Gave her a bath because she had soiled all over herself and really needed the back end cleaned. She did OK. Didn't freak out or anything. Then I put her in a crate in the front room with all of us so she could get used to noise and people being around. I also put a collar on her. I tried carrying her outside and putting a leash on her and tried to lead her but she got extremely aggressive and I stopped. Left the collar on and picked her up and took her back in the house. Kept her close to me the rest of the evening in the crate. I have a small area between a hall and the kitchen where laundry area is that I can close off and it is ceramic tile so soiling is easier to clean up. Put down papers and pee pads. She used these just fine and actually when she was finished she would whine for someone to come and clean it up. Then Friday the rescue scheduled her to be spayed...so not enough she has all the trauma of being moved she has to go back to the "pit stop" and left for the day. The up side of that was that she was put in the same room with her sisters and she seemed to be OK with that. Picked her up Friday night and she was pretty mellow as you can imagine. During this time I had been hand feeding her but on Saturday had her eat out of her bowl because I was concerned she wasn't moving enough. Also added a exercise pen to the laundry area (that went into the dining room area) to give her more room to move. I also, allowed her to find her way out of the area into the living room (which we had done on Wed night) She was in a hiding mode and went behind the dog bed and crawled in and slept with the Shitzpoo. Have been trying to introduce toys and chew bones. There is a soft toy that squeeks that she likes and will lay on. I had her beside me on the couch, just so I could get her out of the little area and she was doing fine until the boston terrier jumped on me and she lunged and tried to bite her. Yesterday she was out all day in the living room in the dog bed doing fine and the boxer had walked by several times but once she lunged and tried to bite him. I carried her outside numerous times yesterday so she could potty outside but it is extremely difficult to get her back in. We are experiencing in the single digit/below zero so I can't just put her out and let her find her way back in. She cowers when I go to pick her up but is not aggressive and truely doesn't seem to mind being carried outside. I am fearful to take her too far off the deck since she runs from me when we are outside. The yard is fenced but it is a very large yard) so I am not so worried about her running away but I am worried that she will run and hide and won't come in the house and I can't leave the patio door open for long periods of time. Last night we laid on my living room floor in the basement and she got very close to me. Then I put her in bed (I know I know...I don't intend to make a practice of this but I am just trying anything I can for her to feel safe with me and trust me) with me and she slept all night...layed right up against me and then when we got up licked my hand without any coaxing. I am trying to work with her on her name. I am using very small piece of hot dog to lure her back in the house on her own. I know nothing about border collies other than the little I have read but I suspect that I may be doing more harm than good. Her face looks like a border collie, some of her personality appears to be border collie but she also has some of the black lab personality. Her fur looks lab like. I don't know how to go about working with the leash with her. Do I just put it on and leave it wherever she goes...but then how do I start introducing using the leash...she does freak out anytime there is any pressue applied to the collar. Then getting her to know her name...I use it all the time when I talk to her. I try to use a very light voice and even baby like talk with her which she seems to like. When she first arrived no movement of the tail. Now if I do come towards her or talk to her the tail goes a mile a minute but she still cowers. I work so my 81 year old mom is home with her and she can't pick her up and put her outside so until I can get her over the leash fear she has to stay in the exercise pen area during the day during the week. I hate to see her so fearful and I don't want to add to her issues. Any advice that you can give me would be much appreciated. I take my rescue dogs life very seriously and if I only want to help them be the best dog they can be before they are adopted. I also, would entertain any ideas on how I interview a new family for her. Like what type of things should this family be willing to do. I know the basics like when we get over this part, if we can, she needs a family that will give her plenty of exercise and mental stimulation...but how do they do that. In Iowa, is just running with the owner enough...I don't think it is. Should I be requiring that she go to a "farm" type environment. Sorry so long and probably fragmented and maybe not making any sense but I am trying to get a lot into a short space. Thank you Teri Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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