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Old 11-29-2017, 03:15 PM
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You're welcome, I'm glad to help if I can.

I hate to think of what the dogs eat when they are living on the streets. Mine once brought in a huge fish, it took 2 of them to carry it in. I can't imagine where they found it - we're 5 kms from the sea and even further from a river - it must have been dead for a week and smelled disgusting. They looked most put out when I took it away from them. So I'm not at all surprised your dog was sick after being loose. It seems they will eat anything, hungry or not. I hope the vet gives her a clean bill of health when you take her. What do you call her by the way?

Anyway, let me know how it goes, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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I commend you for taking on this challenge. I thought this article might be helpful in providing some perspective on how long it takes for a new dog to settle in:

Three Ways to Confuse a New Dog
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Thumbs up Good article - i'll pass it on.

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great article, how'd i miss that one?! -- thanks for posting it.

I had to laugh at one comment, self-righteously denouncing Trisha for 'promoting drugs' when Trish made a nerd joke about oxytocin - OxyContin is a world-away from the bonding hormone!

It's worth noting that, in a very similar way, it takes on average ONE MONTH to begin to solidly establish a new habit -
going to the gym 3 days a week, skipping sweets every other day, using stairs instead of elevators, a different route to work - whatever the new pattern, it takes about 30-days for doing it to start feeling 'natural' & not forced. It's as true for humans as it is for dogs, horses, & others.

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It will take time for her to get used to finally living in a home and she may always prefer outside to inside. I wish you had a safe way to let her spend her day outside and bring her in at night. I really think that would help her adjust.

When I got my dog Jersey she had been living outside, allowed to wander at least part time, for about 3 years. Twice in the first few months that I had her she escaped, and each time I found her back in her old neighborhood which was a mile from where I lived. With me she had a yard to lounge in, went on daily walks, a soft bed, lots of love, attention, toys if she'd play with them (she wouldn't), lots of food, and a cat and dog for constant company. On her own she had freedom, she made her own decisions, teamed up with other dogs, could visit the people she knew liked her, knew where shelter was if she needed it, and explore what she wanted for as long as she wanted to. Of the two I guess I'd also prefer the later. Unfortunately she didn't understand the dangers, of the later.

When we moved to the country around 6 years after I got her she was in 7th heaven she could be outside off leash! Yeah her LOL. She had a very large yard to be in and we went hiking, etc. Her paradise was spoiled for the first month or so by my neighbor's (the property owners) GSD Lady. It was Lady's territory and she was not happy that Jersey was on it. Jersey for her part was happy to try to run Lady off. I was breaking up squabbles between the two of them all the time. Then one day, for a reason I never figured out they made peace with each other, and after that they were the best of friends, if Jersey was outside I'd see her hanging out with Lady. Or Lady would be waiting to be let into the yard so she could hang out with Jersey. Hopefully your two girls work it out and you have a similar outcome. Do keep them separate when you are not around to supervise them to keep the squabbles to a minimum. Give them breaks from each other so that they have a chance to relax, but try walking them and doing fun things with them together.

I think it will work out for y'all, you just need to give it time.
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Update guys. It's day 5 since her adoption(?). Today was better than all the others. She finally got hungry and ate. No vomiting, but still has diarrhea. I have her on special food for her upset tummy. Hope it gets better soon. She didn't sleep all day, but was restless and whiney. I bought toys just for her, but my first dog (my first spoiled child) kept snatching them away. Not much luck with getting Dahlia to leave Allie be. I took them both to the football field today and they played a lot together. They got rough with each other and i had to keep seperating them. Now they are both sleeping peacefully almost side by side. I'll wright more tomorrow. Thank you all for your encouraging words. And please if you have any advices to offer, i really need them.
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Something you could use for Diarrhea is canned pumpkin just pumpkin not the pumpkin mix

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Sometimes it takes time for the first dog to understand they aren't the only on anymore Just be patient with both also when the first dog takes the toys I would put it on a leash and watch the other dog play. Ive seen this work Or you could sit with them as they are playing so when the first dog takes the toy you take it back tell her no and give it to the other dog
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That's great news, I hope it will improve day by day.

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Hi Dahliamom,

Don't give up! You're doing a great thing and this will all pay off! My parents have five dogs, all rescues, waifs and strays that they picked up here and there. Some had agression issues, some escaped and ran away at first, some have chronic health problems. The most traumatized of them all still eats earth and stones sometimes out of habit from being starved but isn't bothered about dog food. At the beginning it's always a bit complicated when introducing a new guy into the pack but as long as there is no extreme aggression they will more than likely sort it out between themselves. They just need time to adapt to these big changes.
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My newly adopted stray dog is downright depressed. Won't eat, sleeps almost all day and is wants to run away. Ran away once i just found her close to home. It's only been 4 days since i brought her home. Help please. Im lost.
Ooh please just be calmed and keep on trying to train her repeatedly the way you wish am very sure she will adapt as soon as possible k, just try to be with her always so that she can learn faster, i have seen so many cases like that k.
Stay blessed and Good luck
Am praying everything gonna be good soon k

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