Dog ID: 19-008
Surrender Date: 2/15/2019
Adoption Fee: $350, plus applicable tax
Age: 6 years
Energy Level: Medium
Interactions with dogs: Good with most dogs
Interactions with kids: Unknown
Interactions with cats: Unknown
Medical or Behavior Challenge Notes:
May 14, 2019:
I want to share some changes that have occurred in the last couple days. Remember that I told you Katie would get up a couple times during the night, and I’d let her out. About 4 nights ago I decided to see what would happen if I didn’t let her out. As it turns out she didn’t have to go potty, she was just lonely. She would get up and started crying, but I ignored her. Eventually, she laid down in my bedroom and went back to sleep. The last 4 days I haven’t let her out during the night. Either I ignore her or say something reassuring and she goes back to sleep. She hasn’t had an accidental, she sleeps later, and I haven’t had to get up to let her out! Whoopee!
Today I took Katie and Clara on a walk to the park. She loves it and she walks in a leash like a dream. We sat on the grass for a while, and she seemed to love having me pet her. If I stopped she would look to me as if to say ‘more, please’. After a while she laid down and seemed to really relax. Now all I have to do is transfer that behavior to home without the leash.
It is a good day.
April 23, 2019:
The potty training is going well. Katie still has not had an accident in the house. I have been working at extending the periods between letting her out to potty at night. Two nights ago, even though she woke up, I didn't let her out the first time, and she eventually went back to sleep. I only had to let her out once that night. Last night I didn't let her out at all and she never woke up during the night. I woke up about 5 am and had to call her out of her room to go out.
I think I am making progress in getting her back into the house without having to herd her around the back yard. She has started to respond when I call her to come in. Sometimes she will come in while I'm standing by the door, and sometimes I need to go out to the patio and stand there while she works her way around me, but for the most part I don't need to actively herd her into the house.
Katie may learn something one day, and then act as if she had never learned it the next. It's so frustrating to me because one day I think she's made progress, and the next few days it's like it never happened.
The same kind of thing has happened with leaving her safe space. She still spends most of her time in the back bedroom, when she's not outside. About a week ago, in the evening she wandered into the living room and just walked around, sniffing things out. I was shocked when she laid down on the edge of the living room for a few seconds. A couple times she got up, wandered around and then laid down again. This whole event lasted probably less then 5 minutes, before she went back to the bedroom. I was so excited, because I thought this was a big act of trust, but for the next week there was no repeat. Then last night, after being outside for most of the day, she came in and picked up a sock from the bedroom, brought it into the living room and laid down and started to chew on it, just as casual as you please. I don't quite know what to think. Is it progress when it doesn't seem to stick? Unfortunately, I had to take the sock away because she was tearing it apart and I was afraid she'd eat it. I replaced it by offering her a soft chew toy (which my dogs usually never get).
Before this happened, I was seriously thinking of talking to the vet about some medication. I'm not a fan of anxiety meds. But now I'm not so sure. Maybe it will just take more time and patience, and I'll need to accept that her style is "fits and starts" rather than "steady forward".
She has shown no sign of wanting to get near to me anytime soon, except for the occasional toe sniff. I'm not sure if her responding to my call is a small sign of trust.
One thing for sure, she loves being outside. The warm, dry weather the last couple days has been a blessing. She is spending most of the day outside watching the bunnies in the neighbor’s yard or just sitting in the sun. It seems to relax her and she's more willing to come in when I call.
April 13, 2019:
Just wanted to share an update on Katie. She seems delighted with her new yard. Even though she is fearful, she prances around with her tail held high and wagging like crazy. Kudos to her previous foster mom for the work she did. Katie was introduced to my dogs and they are great friends.
I set up two ‘safe places’ for her to choose from. She ignored both and decided her space would be the back room where I keep my dog’s crates. She has been there most of the day, and sleeps there at night. My biggest concern was that she had frequent accidents in the house during the night.
I am thrilled to report she has not yet had an accident. Of course that means the first couple days I was up at 12:30 am, 2:30 am, and finally getting up at 5:00 am. I’m slightly sleep deprived but happy.
Yesterday was very special for a number of reasons. First, she now goes outside and comes back in without my having to stand well away from the door. This is the first indication that trust is building. Previously, I either had to herd her in and out, or back into a corner and look away. Second, she has discovered the toys. She will grab a bone and take it back to her room, but even more exciting, a couple times she laid down in the living room to chew her toy.
And third, and most rewarding, she never woke me up to go outside! I still woke up at 1:30 and let her out, but I slept longer and woke up because I needed to go to the bathroom, not because Katie did. This is a good indication I’ll be able to increase the time between her outings, and maybe some day sleep through the night.
I’m starting to see changes in her behavior. Even though she doesn’t approach me, she doesn’t avoid coming anywhere near me, and I’m starting to see the “it’s okay to pet me in passing” stage. I’m very hopeful. I don’t attempt to pet her, and I am waiting patiently for her to take the lead. Thanks for this opportunity.
April 9, 2019:
Katie is settling in to her new home. She has spent much of the day investigating her yard, prancing around with her tail held high and waving. The expression on her face actually looks like she’s smiling. She was introduced to her roommates, Clara and Rudy, and they hit it off immediately. We were fortunate to have a beautiful day, and the challenge was to get them to come inside.
Katie has some fears and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help her overcome these fears and find a forever home.
February 21, 2019:
Katie has been settling in to her new home. She is very shy and timid, but likes having her luxurious coat stroked and having soft words spoken to her. The stairs down to the walk-out basement were very scary, but with lots of help, she mastered going up and down. Learning to go potty outside has also been a new skill to attain. She is becoming more successful with this and can go to the basement door in order to be let out. Next, she needs to learn to bark to alert us of her needs. The other dogs have been patient with Katie, showing her how things are done. She loves going outside to romp in the snow, but only allows herself short visits. Katie spends most of her time in a crate, not venturing out far, unless to go downstairs. We look forward to getting time to snuggle and to see her personality emerge.
February 19, 2019:
Katie is new in foster care. More information will follow.