|Barked: Wed Mar 20, '13 6:15pm PST |
|Treasure is our foster. She's been here nearly 3 weeks now. I initially tried to keep her a bit subdued because of her entropian and spay surgeries but nothing slowed her down. She was declared a springer/lab mix, 3-4 months old...but I think at this point it's obvious that is all incorrect. Dogsters here guessed her to be some sort of hound or setter mix. She is height wise already as tall as Trigger and she is too tall and lanky to be either springer or lab imho. I don't think she is anywhere near 3-4-5 months unless she is secretly injecting herself with super power growth hormone. I've never seen a dog this size anywhere near that guessed age. She is currently eating twice what the big boys are and drinks at least that too.
Her legs go on for DAAAAAAAYS. And she has almost zero coordination. Although I was all about her running off all that pent up energy she stored up from her stint in the shelter I still had her work on basics - recall, sit, down, wait and heel. Here, sit, down and wait she got down within days of being home and she happily obliges me with them multiple times a day. Heel though? Freaking FORGET about it. On leash she doesn't do the bucking broco bit but she just will not settle down for anything. She'll sit at my feet on it messing with toys, but the second I get up or we try to move forward even a single step she is jumping, leaping, LUNGING forward with everything she has and just will not let up.
With every other dog I've ever had they pull in the beginning, but quickly sort out that if they do we stop and it quickly curbs the behavior. That's all I ever had to do!!!
Not this one. There is no threshold. A centimeter of forward movement and she just wants to EXPLODE forward. I cannot put enough emphasis on the word EXPLODE. It is literally just that. It can't feel good, and doing what I'm doing it takes us forever to move forward a foot, but there is like some disconnect in her head and I can just not get through to her. I'm growing weary and need ideas. I'd rather not go the harness route if at all possible. I don't want to sink that kind of money into something and then have her leave for a new home tomorrow (I'd be lying if I said we weren't contemplating keeping her but we aren't decided yet so I'm continuing to try to prepare her for reasonable behavior in a family if that's what it comes down to. The boys are on leash maybe once or twice a year so it wouldn't be such a big deal if she stays, if she doesn't though.....yikes for anyone fixing to walk her around the block...). I do let her run her fool head off outside multiple times a day but we still work heel on the way out, around the yard after she's had some exercise, on the way back in, in the house from the livingroom to the kitchen, from the kitchen to the bedroom, multiple multiple times a day and she still hasn't made any progress. I swear she gains an inch and 3lbs everyday and on leash she is becoming more and more of a giant clumsy furry wrecking ball. It's getting harder and harder to control her and I want to nip this asap.
She is super sensitive so anything harsh is out of the question. She is very food motivated and melts with praise.
I feel like I'm missing something really obvious here.
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