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02-16-2014 08:34 AM
doggiedad crate her. take her out a couple of times overnight.
02-16-2014 08:31 AM
lauracrawley Attachment 180602 and we are now sound asleep, so so cute

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02-16-2014 08:29 AM
lauracrawley Fantastic advice guys I'm happy to report I have not woken up to "presents" down stairs the last 2 mornings and she is getting a bit more confident around us I also think we are putting on a bit of weight and she is getting a lovely shiny coat !!! I'm still not sure we have got rid of the flees 100% so we shall re bath today and I also got her a flee collar. We took her out and she is also much better on the lead now (not pulling my arms out !!! ) I am so happy with her. One other thing that's abit sad is at night when we are sat in the lounge she will go in the kitchen and she will not sit with us, she is fine when it's just me or when it's a few of us in the day time but not at night ??? Maybe she doesn't like the rubbish we watch on the telly lol Attachment 180594 this was after our walkies

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02-14-2014 06:59 PM
Originally Posted by GSKnight View Post
First, let me say thank you for rescuing this girl.

My thoughts on the poo issue are that her system will settle down after consistent feeding with a good food. I think her body just needs to adjust.

As for the shyness and being scared of new people/things... this will take time. Don't push her to do too much too fast. People on here talk about a 2 weeks time out, where you don't introduce new people or experiences to gave her a chance to relax.

I am sure people with more experience to give you good advice here... so I say... read, learn and love.
I'm a people. And I would strongly recommend the Two week shutdown, give her a chance to settle in and develop a bond with you. That will make training so much easier.

Our GSD Rocky was a rescue also and I discovered, that GSD's are not like other dogs! My first lesson was when we had company over and he greeted them with a low growl

I had to back up and regroup, I brought him from stranger aggressive to aloof under my care, I had no problem with that myself. But I had never had to do anything like that with my other dogs??

Anyway you'll have to learn where your dog lies? I also avoid dog parks myself, you don't want her getting attacked at a dog park, that would just add more baggage, that would have to be dealt with.

And the crate thing I'd did not do it myself or the two week shutdown. Never hear of it at the time 2 week shutdown, 18 months later I came to regret, those mistakes big time! Dog issues between dog one and the new guy (Rocky) GSD. Got it fixed but I made it harder than it needed to be!

Crate does not need to be permanent but it might prove useful in the beginning. If the crate has to be in the living room it might help if you sleep out there with her for a couple of nights?

Thanks for rescuing and have fun!
02-14-2014 06:28 PM
Kaimeju Just wanted to say welcome to the board and thank you for rescuing this precious girl!

Patricia McConnell has some good books on rescue dogs and shy dogs: Adopting a Dog Book | Dog Training Book | Patricia McConnell
02-14-2014 06:16 PM
Originally Posted by lauracrawley View Post
Hi, I have just rescued my first gsd. After seeing her for sale on the internet, I went to see her and she was living in pure filth !!!! She is 2 1/2 and so very thin and timid. I took her straight to the vet on the way home to make sure she wAs healthy and he said apart from being very underweight she is fine. I defleed and wormed her but we have a couple of problems. Problem 1 is not so bad but she is petrified of people she doesn't know. I'm sure this will improve with confidence as she is so very nervous of every thing. Problem 2 is a bit more of an issue, we keep having accidents in the night and they are very runny poos. She is fine in the day and I let her out about half 11 and when I get up at half 5 she has made quite a mess. What's the best way to over come this ? I have had dogs all my life but they have always been rescues who have been house trained. Any advise on our problem and also the best way to put weight on her would be great.

Was she tested for worms?
02-14-2014 04:45 PM
Gwenhwyfair Are you located in the U.S.?

Your use of the word 'tinned' makes me think you are in the U.K. or Australia?

I ask because this is a good product which helps settle the digestion and firm up the poo in addition to other health benefits.

I purchase through the U.S. distributor but the product is made in Germany.

Best of luck and thank you for taking this girl in!
02-14-2014 03:29 PM
misslesleedavis1 Oh wow she looks so worried , the diet change could very well account for the poops being out of whack. If it does not stop then take her to the vets, if she was kept in a crate she may be comfy and feel safe in one, best to get her one if it eases her mind. Anyways big hugs to you for rescuing that gorgeous girl
02-14-2014 02:26 PM
Jelpy Poor Pup. She looks like she has no idea why she is being allowed to sleep on a comfortable pillow.

02-14-2014 01:50 PM
Mister C
Originally Posted by lauracrawley View Post
Hi, yes she was kept in a cage at her last home but I don't think she came out very often, I was thinking about getting a crate but our house is not very big and I worry it may take up too much space but if she needs it I will get one anyway. It does tend to be one large poo during the night and It's not mega runny just not very solid. I was thinking if I get up every 2 hours and let her out it may help so will try that tonight. She is on tinned butchers dog food with butchers mixer 3 times a day Attachment 179946

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What a sweet face she has. Thank you for rescuing her. She looks so shy and timid from that picture. I will be wonderful to see her flower under your care.

I'm not expert but if she has been kept in a cage too much I suspect that she has become accustomed to using her cage as a bathroom. With no other place to go she didn't have a choice. That may make potty training harder. I am a big fan of crate training for a variety of reasons and suggest you make room for a crate if at all possible.

I've used Imodium for my GSD when she had really runny poos. Imodium is available in a liquid form. By weighing her and measuring liquid carefully you can administer the right dose (disclaimer: I'n not a vet, just a pet owner relating a past experience). However, I suspect that she may be simply adjusting to new food which can make her poo very soft and even runny for a while.

Best of luck to you and your new family member,

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