Jan brought Shelby over today, and it has been a long day.
It was so sweet of Jan to take this dog in, many people would see a stray pit bull and drive away fast. But Jan's definitely a pushover,
and it shows with this dog.
She free-fed the dog, so Shelby is EFF AYY TEE fat.
The new food schedule is going to tick her off. I put down her kibble for 15 minutes, and of course she wasn't interested, so up it went. She looked a bit confused.
When they came in, Jan had her on this harness, and all it did was give Shelby more leverage to pull Jan down the driveway. So we switched to a collar and leash, and within 10 minutes Paul had her calmed down and working on her sits. She picked up the sit command nearly right away, and once we started working with her and had Jan go off in the other room, she was a different dog - much calmer.
Oh but good gracious...the socialization issues we are going to have. I don't think she's ever even SEEN another dog, much less a cat.
We took her in the front yard, leashed, and brought out the big yellow lab, (Heretofore to be known as Tonka. There. I named him. Happy, Joyce?) since he is the most mature and laid back. Shelby kept trying to mount him, grab him with her paws, and bite at him. So we pulled them back a little, and let them stare at each other. Tonka doesn't care about any of this, he's happy to see a new person to lick.
After 5 minutes or so, Shelby is sitting next to Tonka, and we are all talking, ignoring them.
We proceed to bring out the rest of the crew, one by one, all leashed, until everyone was outside and sniffing butts. Shelby did very well, you could tell she was nervous, but she didn't snap or growl at anyone.
After another 30 minutes, everyone went to their respective crates, got a new chewy bone, and we all went to dinner.
Whe I came in this evening, I took Shelby outside by herself. Of course, a cat walks up. Shelby pounces on her and tries to eat her. So, ok, obviously not cat socialized. Oh boy.
After the cat is safely over the fence, and Shelby has gotten a stern fussing, I put her back in the kennel. She looked very upset that I had scolded her, I imagine she didn't know that it was wrong to eat cats.
Is it possible to teach a dog that cats are not supper? Our dogs ignore our cat, and have a truce with Evie the chihuahua, but Shelby thinks they both look like delectable snacks.
We are going to stick to a feeding/potty rotation for awhile until she gets settled in, because I don't want to stress her out any more than she is. Our pups are all sitting around in their bedroom like, 'What is THAT chick's problem??"
We have her crated in the living room, which will cramp Paul's Sunday football style, but he'll get over it.
She seems very skittish about loud noises or sudden movements. I will be reading through previous threads tonight to see just what we've gotten ourselves into, but if anyone wants to post a reply with advice about where to start with her, that'd be great too.
She is super loving with me, and adores Paul, even though she hasn't been around us for very long.
I will post pics as soon as I locate new batteries. This camera eats them.