Judy - Dori & Jaime's Mom
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CATCHING IS JUST THE PROBLEM
Potty training is going very well, she just does what Dori does -- often pooping concurrently. Unless she has to pee really bad, she waits to pee over Dori's spot. When Dori came to our house, she was 90% trained and it was just a matter of getting her outside frequently and giving her time to expand her "hold time". Within a week or so, she was 98 or 99% trained. Chloe had a really good start at her first foster home, although she peed as soon as she walked in our door to mark her place! She has had maybe five accidents in the three weeks tomorrow that she has been here and none in the past four days. It is likely it will be just like Dori and I just always have to be alert to when she has to go. It took quite a long time for Dori to give me concrete signals (first nudging my hand and later barking at me or my husband).
It is just the CATCH ME that is the problem -- I am just hoping to speed up the time to something less than the year plus it took for Dori to mostly stop doing the run from me. On the other hand, we would play HIDE & SEEK and she LOVED THAT (treat when she finds whoever is hiding). As soon as Chloe learns STAY, we will have to start HIDE & SEEK.
Chloe still is very stiff when I pick her up, but when she wants to sit next to me she is relaxed. She takes an ordinary treat from my fingers now (do not have to lay it in my hand). She now is right with the other dogs when I am getting ready to feed them and no longer hanging in the back. When she is comfortable with that I will start SIT as she has seen my other dogs have to do for dinner or treats -- think that will be in a day or two.
She is progressing much faster than Dori and I think doing very well.
Mom to my girls Jaime, Dori, & Chloe