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Old 05-29-2016, 11:09 AM   #21
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Hi SmartyLib Over time it could easily get worse It's great that you have rescued Libby but you can't have a dog that's growling so she has to be asked to get down from the bed and sleep in her own bed there is nothing wrong or cruel with that it just makes a lot of sense considering her past Prevention is much better than cure!! And she is still loved and cared for in your home
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The good news is that Libby is well on her way to becoming a well-adjusted dog-child. She is getting used to her dad more and more every day. She no longer growls at him and lets him take her outside in the morning (which is great for me -- I'm not the only dog-parent now!). She's also eating much slower now, so she is less afraid at the food bowl. All in all, things have improved dramatically.

I am a bit more confident now that she's a Boxer mix, as she paws at everything as if she had two working hands She's an absolute cutie!

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The good news is that Libby is well on her way to becoming a well-adjusted dog-child. She is getting used to her dad more and more every day. She no longer growls at him and lets him take her outside in the morning (which is great for me -- I'm not the only dog-parent now!). She's also eating much slower now, so she is less afraid at the food bowl. All in all, things have improved dramatically.

I am a bit more confident now that she's a Boxer mix, as she paws at everything as if she had two working hands She's an absolute cutie!
Well this great news!! So you have been working with her regarding her issues?! Can you aproach her when she is eating for me the ultimate goal (and it's possible) is to be able to stroke her while she is eating and she allows a little extra food to be added with out being growled at? But you have done a great job so far so well done Thanks for the update.
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Well this great news!! So you have been working with her regarding her issues?! Can you aproach her when she is eating for me the ultimate goal (and it's possible) is to be able to stroke her while she is eating and she allows a little extra food to be added with out being growled at? But you have done a great job so far so well done Thanks for the update.
Oh yes, we work with her every day and refuse to give up on her.


Improvements:
  • She eats so much more slowly now
    • She used to inhale her food and look back constantly as if she was worried someone was coming up behind her
    • Her dad can come up and pet her while she's eating with no concerns
    • I can take her bowl away, put my hands in the bowl and do whatever with no growling (she never had any issues with this, though)
  • She lets her dad put her leash on her
    • She only used to do this if I was in sight and close by
  • She goes potty and poo with her dad
    • She would only do this with me before...this is a HUGE relief for me, as I am not the only one taking her downstairs every morning and before bed!
So we are very happy with her progress. She knows a few tricks and we're still working with her to teach her more. We're working on the harder ones (stay and wait) but every day seems to bring more improvements! Thanks for the reassurance and the support!

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This is great!
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One thing I want to work with her on is how mouthy she is. She likes to 'nibble' on us and when she gets riled up can be a little nippy (not aggressively, though).

The daycare attendant mentioned she had a brace on her knee and Libby was trying to pull at the straps. I'm not sure why this is - we don't play tug-of-war with her and we don't stick our hands in her mouth. She may be trying to play tug but we don't want her to do this because she has already pulled and torn a shirt of mine that was a little on the long and flowy side.

Why suggestions on getting her over this mouthiness? She's about a year and a half now but she may have been a loner pup -- could she be 'stunted' and stuck in a puppy phase? Or perhaps this is her Boxer-ness...?



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Hi You could try a boomer ball if she has finished teething they are indestructable and come in various sizes too Oh BTW Stuffed toys are history within mins!!! Kongs last a little longer but are gone within days. My Staffy can't destroy the boomer ball she has had this for over 3 years now!!! You can get them direct from Zoo Balls, Zoo Toys, Balls For Dogs, Herding Balls, Animal Enrichment, Indestructible Plastic Ball - Boomer Ball - Boomer Ball or Amazon Good luck
Thanks so much for the suggestion -- is this a light-weight ball that you and the dog push or is it a fillable ball? I wish there were more views on the product website

She is very food motivated and she loves the Ziggies stuffed inside a Kong but they are really, really expensive and I want to save some money. Anyone know how to make homemade Ziggies?

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