Sex; Female Breed; Rottweiler x Coonhound Age; May 15 2018 Vet; Not scheduled Temperament; Under socialized but stable. Human social, dog social. Will train nicely
Poppy went for a sleepover with a sweet couple (with cats, no kids) Positives; she is sweet, not a mean bone in her body. Was fine with the cats. The warning signs; she paced, was exploring the whole house, had a hard time settling down. Was fighting going in the crate The outcome; anxiety rose, she was textbook calming by the third day (and came back that day.)
Today (December 2nd) she is sleeping peacefully in her crate, she for sure did all the whining she leans into, but she is settling faster, and more importantly sleeping deeper.
Here's an excerpt (https://www.rescuedogs101.com/bringing-new-dog-home-3-3-3-rule/) The 3 Days, 3 Weeks, 3 Month RuleIn the first 3 days,your new dog will be overwhelmed with his new surroundings. He will not be comfortable enough to be himself. Don’t be alarmed if he doesn’t want to eat for the first couple of days, many dogs don’t eat when they are stressed. He may shut down and want to curl up in his crate or under the table. He may be scared and unsure what is going on. Or he may be the opposite and test you to see what he can get away with, kind of like a teenager. After 3 weeks,he’s starting to settle in, feeling more comfortable, and realizing this really may be his forever home. He has figured out his environment and getting into the routine that you have set. He lets his guard down and may start showing his real personality. Behavior issues may start showing, this is your time to be a strong pack leader and show him what is right and wrong. After 3 months,your dog is now completely comfortable in his home. You have built trust and a true bond with your dog, which gives him a complete sense of security with you. He is set in his routine and will come to expect his dinner at his usual time.
We're getting there!!!! Poppy was homed as a second dog, and while that works wonderfully most of the time, in this case it did not. Poppy attached to the resident dog and not the humans (she was with the other dog 24/7, they lived in the basement and were visited by humans) So she came with littermate syndrome. We've worked through most of that, and she can now settle on her own. The next challenge is having human/words have value.
She is being crate trained now. She's settling well in it. It allows me to set up routines and expectations. Her housebreaking is great now (thanks to crate training!) and she 100% prefers to live in a clean space. I suspect she was free fed, so that has been changing too, it's one more non invasive way to prove human's worth! She is temperamentally the sweetest girl. She will train nicely, once that lightbulb goes off! She doesn't jump up on people, she barks appropriately and is amazing off leash!
Poppy is looking for a new home! She is a sweet girl who needs to meet the world. Her experiences have been pretty limited and yet she took treats from me within minutes. She is confident, she's just never experienced things before. She needs work with housebreaking