|Barked: Fri Mar 22, '13 4:29pm PST |
|We adopted Lilly last weekend. She is 8yo, has been trained to hunt (has her MH title), and produced a few litters of puppies for her previous owners. They spent a lot of time with her, but she did live in a kennel, not in the house. In spite of this, her house manners are almost perfect. She is settling in very well, and seems to have taken the change in environment in stride.
The two things I would like to work on are what I refer to as "kennel behaviors".
She doesn't seem to know what a doggy bed is (she slept on a cot type thing with a washable surface). I've solved that by placing soft comforters or a doggy bed anyplace it seems she likes to regularly lay down. For a couple of days there were blankets everywhere. We've narrowed it down to 2 now.
The second is her insistence on laying in the one long hallway in the house. This typically happens when we are just sitting around in the evenings or other quiet times during the day. I am assuming that the hallway reminds her of the kennel, and makes her feel more secure. We would like her to feel comfortable enough to stay in the living room with us instead of feeling like she needs to retreat when we aren't doing an activity with her.
I don't think she's overly anxious as she does come out to get a drink, ask to go outside, or just to check in with us if she hears someone in the kitchen (she loves her food and treats). We haven't yet tried a crate because she's proven herself completely trustworthy when she's been left alone for a couple of hours. Maybe we should get one and put it in the living room?
I know this is not a huge problem, and probably has an obvious answer, but the other dogs we've had we've gotten as puppies and this was never an issue.
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