Join Date: Feb 2007
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Jen, I hope Amanda can put you in touch with someone from rescue. I am a rescue volunteer but very new at it so I'll leave it to Amanada. I think the idea of ignoring Amy is a bad one. I don't think ignoring her is teaching her that you are the alpha. Perhaps putting her on the NILIF program might help her realize that you are in charge. NILIF is the Nothing In Life is Free program and it means that for anything Amy gets from you (food, attention, treats, etc) she has to do something like sit, down, etc. Using NILIF teaches the dog that you are the source of all good things and to get all the good things, they must earn them. Using this idea, you can play with Amy all you want and hold her all you want and do some basic obedience training which would be fun for her and for you, which will help with the bonding.
Jen, follow your heart and do what it tells you is best for Amy. She's a work in progress and you are the one who knows her history and her personality. There is no one training method that is universal and appropriate for ALL dogs, no matter what a trainer says.