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Old 11-12-2010, 08:29 PM
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I'm a new dog owner (limited experience as a dog sitter). I have a 9 year-old silky terrier, adopted through a Rescue service.

1. Stupid question: Do I feed the dog first then walk him? He's been kept outside a lot and is not used to apartment living, where he might have to exercise more bowel control.

2. Sometimes he will deliberately sit with his back to me. Is this a sign of disrespect?

Thanks for your help. I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions. But I think the community's advice is better than any textbook. (and yes, I do intend to take him to obedience class - after the adoption becomes final).
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:46 PM
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I'm a new dog owner (limited experience as a dog sitter). I have a 9 year-old silky terrier, adopted through a Rescue service.
Hello! Welcome! And Congrats on your rescue

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1. Stupid question: Do I feed the dog first then walk him? He's been kept outside a lot and is not used to apartment living, where he might have to exercise more bowel control.
No question is stupid I feed my dogs and then let them outside for a few mins. They all tend to run and poo right after eating, not sure why lol sometimes they wont go and I will let them out about an hour later. You'll have to do your best until you learn his schedule

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2. Sometimes he will deliberately sit with his back to me. Is this a sign of disrespect?
Can you explain more like what context? Are you asking him to do behaviors and he turns his back to you? In doggy body language if they are clearly turning their back its called a calming signal, good book btw "Calming Signals" I got it for 5 bucks of amazon, helps you understand body language of dogs. Are you petting him? Coming towards him? Doing something in particular? Dogs dont disrespect just so you know He either is just sitting that way because its comfy or he is trying to tell you he is not a threat and/or does not like what is happening.

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Thanks for your help. I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions. But I think the community's advice is better than any textbook. (and yes, I do intend to take him to obedience class - after the adoption becomes final).
Some books are great, once you figure out if he has any issues like resource guarding or other behavioral problems. The community here is amazing! Lots of different walks of life, different experience, and different opinions
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Hi,
I'm a new dog owner (limited experience as a dog sitter). I have a 9 year-old silky terrier, adopted through a Rescue service.
Congrats, and thanks for going through a rescue.

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1. Stupid question: Do I feed the dog first then walk him? He's been kept outside a lot and is not used to apartment living, where he might have to exercise more bowel control.
Do you mean in general or your first time? It depends what time you walk him, I suppose. I'm not sure it matters, maybe another forum member will have a better answer. You could also feed him while you're walking if you're teaching loose leash.

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2. Sometimes he will deliberately sit with his back to me. Is this a sign of disrespect?
Not at all. Dogs don't have human emotions. They don't get vindictive. They don't disrespect us. They don't even know right and wrong. I'm guessing it's a new environment for him, and he's still looking for his old master. My rescue did this the first few weeks I had him, along with pacing and whining. He'll get comfortable soon with lots of love and treats.

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Thanks for your help. I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions. But I think the community's advice is better than any textbook. (and yes, I do intend to take him to obedience class - after the adoption becomes final).
We love questions and hope to see you around. Welcome!
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do you take him for a walk to do his business? if so then i would say to feed him first, then walk... otherwise, it doesn't matter too much, i walk/play with my dog before a meal, in general...

as far as the sitting with his back turned, pawz and seebrown gave good advice... if he is turning his back after you've asked him to do something, it is likely he is uncomfortable/doesn't understand what you are asking, if he is just sitting that way in general, dogs don't like to do thing straight-on/head to head/face to face, he may just want to be near you, and in dog language, that's how you go about it...

welcome to the forum... we'd love to see pics when you've got some
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I usually feed and then take my dog out on a walk. Dogs usually do their business after meals. Taking your dog out for a walk after his meal would also encourage him to pee/poop outside which is what we want.

Congratulations on this!
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