I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself and our new family member. I am sure we will have many questions.
We finally got to pick our baby girl up from the transport two weeks ago. She is a Plott Hound. She is about two years old weighing in at 56 pounds. She came from the Prison Dawgs program in FL. It was a wonderful experience working with such a great program and adopting a dog that has been put on the road to success from a rough start in life.
What we know about her. She was found in rural Kentucky with her sister. Just some info if you do not know the breed. Plotts are big game hounds. Bear, mountain lion and boar. They are prevalent in the south due to the demand for exceptional hunting dogs. There are not many official breeders and the one's that do breed are for hunting and they will start training as young as six weeks. They think they may have not taken to hunting training and the breeder released them into the wild. They know that the dogs were active around the area for about six months as people would feed them from time to time. They were both scooped up and sent to a high kill shelter. After some hoop jumping and running through her contacts someone was able to have them both sent to a shelter in FL. Then screened and tested and accepted to the prison program.
This is my first rescue and our first dog as a family. We were waiting for a Plott Hound and we found Siri and it just took off from there. It's amazing how far she has come in two weeks. With all 3 of us she will heel, sit, lay down, stay, wait, follow this way, hurry (to go and do her business in the yard.) eat, stand, come, go left and go right, she responds to a positive reinforced "no" then corrects her behavior by sitting. Will she do them all the time no( she is a Plott and they can be stubborn.) but bring out the crock pot chicken breast treats and she melts in your hands. We are so blessed with a sweet and amazing dog.
We have had our struggles. She has severe anxiety. She also has depression from time to time. We think she was abused big time considering her fear of people. She will sit and shake whenever she is scared or uncomfortable. She is getting better. She is bonding well with the family. She is fine with strangers invited into the house with the exception of big men.
When we are all together she will lay in the hall so she can see all the doors and block all the bedrooms. She is starting to protect the pack.
Right now her issues are getting her out of the house. Once she is out she is fine tail wagging and all. Same thing coming in the house. Most of the time she has to be picked up or it takes a long time to get her back in the house.
She also gets spooked on walks. She hears something stops dead and will not budge then she will turn the other direction walk 1/2 a block then get spooked again stop dead in her tracks then go right back to where she got spooked and stop dead in her tracks again. As of now she has been out in the backyard training and getting some exercise but not nearly enough exercise. She does so well in the yard then out on the street she just shuts down.
She also does not understand how to play. She has her toys but they are hers and she only interacts with them when she is by herself or in her crate. Chewing she will do outside her crate but any play behavior in her crate.
I know it's only been two weeks and she is blossoming considering what she has been through in such a short period of time. We are all patient with her and she is coming along very well.
Please feel free to chime in with any advice or encouragement.
Thank you everyone.