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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.
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There's always an adjustment period no matter what the circumstances, so relax and just continue taking it day by day. Sounds as if things are basically going very well. She should settle in nicely, even with the brushing, given a little time. You might want to brush Macie in front of her so she can see you grooming, and praising and petting and perhaps treating. Then she can begin to associate it as a positive thing rather than something to be frightened of.

I can't wait to see pictures. Your avatar shot is so cute that I want to see more.

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It sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you.
Todd was afraid of the brush at first too.
With his short hair it's not a huge deal but I like to be able to brush him without a fight and so I tried using my cats brush on him to get him used to grooming in a more relaxing way.
It's called a Zoom Groom and is completely rubber and fits in the palm of your hand. It's made to remove loose hair (which you don't need)
BUT I swear that it acts like a drug on Todd.
He lays on the floor with his eyes half open and stretches out as far as he can enjoying the massage that it gives him. He'll come running when he sees it and he and my cats actually fight over who's going to get brushed
He LOVES it.
After a few months of using it I've gradually started using a comb and brush on him as well and he has accepted them with no problem.
Good luck with your new should post pictures so that we can all enjoy the cuteness

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Thanks Eva for the brush suggestion, what a great idea!
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Poor Cali. Sounds like she's been though alot, but she seems to be responding to your love and care. She's really improving quickly, so you should commend yourself for that. The Zoom Groom sounds really neat. I would add that if she's food motivated, you may want to give her little treats during brushing. My dog is not crazy about brushing either. I can't wait to see some bigger pics when they sit still.

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