We adopted our Onna in Feb.from the GS Rescue. We were told she was full blood, turn in. Never in the pound. Someone took the time to teach her basic commands, house break her, and fetch
we call it "b" because if you say ball, she is standing at the door ready to go.
Everything I read said it would take a month for bonding. I'm not sure it took that long.
At first she had a look like "now where am I & How long will I be here?
" She acted like she was waiting for the shoe to drop & she'd be in trouble. Everytime we took car rides, she'd load w/o a problem but always had a look like "oh no
, where are they taking me now" She's so relieved when we turn on our street she looks likes she smiling.
Now, she much more relaxed, I think she knows we're not going to leave her anywhere.
We do not crate, at first we would keep her in the bedroom, no accidents so now we close the bedroom doors & she has the rest of the house.
She is such a great dog.
When we first saw her she was a timid, scared, underweight, gentle soul; who only wanted a forever home & to be loved. She looked so lost.
She's so much like us it's weird. She loves Sat. afternoon naps too!
As far as SA, I work & my husband is retired. She doesn't even blink when I leave, but it's nice to see how happy she is when I get home. When my husband leaves, she'll go from window to door, play w/ her toys, sleep & sometimes get a clothing of ours We've found a shoe, a glove, a hat in the middle of the floor--- it has not been chewed on or slobbered on , it's just there.
We took her to the place where we picked her up, just to show her off. She stucked to us like glue, & when my husband said lets go, she practically dragged me to the car; "like you're not leaving me & w/ you guys"
I too had my doubts about adopting an adult dog; but it was nice not to have to "house break", or go through the puppy-chew- stage.
We're just trying not to teach her any of our bad habits!