So we now have both Macie and Cali. Two sisters from the same litter, though we have had Macie for 7 weeks, we just got Cali 5 days ago. Unfortunately, during those 7 weeks, Cali's socialization has suffered severely. I was worried that the dominance issue would be the problem, but they seemed to have worked that out with only a couple of minor squabbles.
She was shipped from the breeder that we bought Macie from to another breeder, where she has been for the last several weeks. I think she has spent most of her time just locked in a pen with her brother with very little attention and absolutely no training (breaks my heart that her brother is still there, but I can't have three!). She lacks even the basic dog knowledge of you don't defecate where you sleep, so we have had to remove all the dog beds from the house because she kept peeing in them, along with our recliner chair and our bed (which she was only on for less than 2 minutes
Funny thing is that she sleeps through the night in her crate without peeing or pooping in there. I am now keeping her and Macie locked up in an ex-pen (Macie had a housebreaking relapse for a couple days, but is back on track) unless I can give her my absolute attention. I am trying to train her to use puppy pads, so keeping an almost constant eye on her so that I can praise her when she goes. There maybe some light at the end of the tunnel now though...she has used the pads 3 out of 4 times so far today
Her other problem is that she is scared to death of the dog brush. She barks and growls at it and has a fit if you try to brush her with it. She needs a both (she drips like a leaky faucet whenever she gets excited), but I dare not try until I can get her used to the brush. Just using it a couple times a day for a few seconds in hopes she will eventually calm down. Not sure what that is about...
On the upside, she is a true cuddle bug and loves to be held and loved. She is a little skittish when you walk up to her, but once you give her a few seconds, she comes around and she has no qualms about jumping up on your lap when you are sitting in a chair
Wish us luck...think we are on a long journey with her, but it should be well worth it in the end!!
I will post pictures once I can get the two of them to hold still long enough to get a couple of cute ones.