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Maye is my new 1 year and 6 month old mini American shepherd. We've had her for a little over two weeks at this point and things are going pretty well. Her biggest flaw is that she doesn't want to share attention with Sawyer (or another dog) or let Sawyer get attention. But at this point she is slightly better at it and no longer snaps and bares teeth as much/often. Now its mostly body blocking, pushing him away, trying to get onto my lap or get my attention, or licking his face. Thankfully other then a few minor things her and Sawyer have been getting along together pretty well, there hasn't really been any food agression, though Sawyer can be a bit like a vulture around her during food time as she eats a lot slower then he does. There has also been pretty much no issues with toy sharing either, at most the occasional lip lift on certain (usually higher value) items buts that's about it. Though they always want what the other has and one gets up the other will take their toy, then repeat :eyeroll:. The other two things were working on is her bad jumping habit, but part of it is because she's a absolute attention hog :D so I think teaching "off" is my best bet rather then ignoring her when she jumps. There's also a small possibility of her having mild/slight separation anxiety, but that could have been being brand new stress, or just because it was being in a kennel. So ive been working on ccing/semi re-crate training with her, and hopefully a frozen kong will help too. Anyways that's all I can think of, time for pictures.

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And since she wouldn't let me get any good side views, here are some from her breeder
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Oh she is cute! Stocky little girl! Where did you get her from?
 
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Thanks :)
I found her breeder forever ago when I was looking at aussie/ mini American breeders in my state out of curiosity. Then recently I decided to look again and found out that her breeder decided she wanted to rehome Maye. Blue merle is my absolute favorite dog color/pattern, and for some reason I really wanted a mini so it seemed perfect. We brought Sawyer over to meet her to see what we thought and make any decisions from there. It turns out her breeder is only a few towns over from us which is nice.
We also met some of her puppy minis/toys and now I have slight puppy fever :p. The cool thing too is that one her mini's, and I think one of her daughters (not one she breed herself) is one of the top mini's in AKC (agility).
 

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Very cool! Well looks like she found a perfect home now!
 
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Aww thanks :)

Well I guess today and yesterday just weren't my days. Yesterday I managed to break the tray in her crate, and today apparently she had to go to the bathroom and I missed it and in the their excitement when my mom came home she peed on my bed, then I noticed she had also pooped in another room. She also wasn't a very happy camper when I stuck her in the tub to wash her feet and underbelly. Sigh, oh well, I guess I have to pay more attention to her cues since they seem to be much more subtle then mr. whiny pants :p
 

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Oh what a cute picture! The adjustment period is never easy, having to learn the dogs signals and what not.
 
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I agree, the problem too is that in her old house she just went to the door when she wanted to be let out, which in there house was easy to see. Unfortunetly in our house especially with the door we use and were I normally am I cant really see her go to the door. Im hoping I can pick up her signals soon.
 
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Congrats on the new addition! I'm so glad she is getting along with Sawyer! She looks so cute!
 
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I know it sounds insane, but I totally recommend a potty bell. (This is the one I have, best $11 I ever spent!
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I had the same problem where Tux would go to the door and I wouldn't notice (usually I would be at my desk reading) and he would have an accident by the door. (Poor guy felt so bad about it he would literally sit next to it crying.) Now he rings that bell and we go right out- haven't had an accident in about two months. I even gave it to my parents when they took him home for a few weeks and he didn't have any accidents there either!

So overall I love the thing and recommend it to anyone with a pup :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks Thatyellowdog and Tuxsmum. Ill have to see if I can find some of the door bells. Thankfully it seems we have gotten past the hump of her pooping in the house. She did it 3 days in a row and peed in the house twice. But since saterday she's been pooping outside again thankfully.

Saterday wasn't a very good day for her. We had my dads side over for Christmas, which was 19 people + us and my brother brought his new puppy over. It also happened to work out that I had a dentist appointment when people were suppose to start showing up so I put her and Sawyer upstairs while I was out. Lets just say she ignored her kong filled with peanut butter, kibble, cottage cheese and vegie stock, didn't chew on her antler and didn't eat a large dog cookie I gave her. Instead she barked and shredded the beach towel under her crate. I also couldn't bring her downstairs because the big crowd was to much for her and people kept trying to pet her and when she backed away a little out of nerveouness she ended next to more people and in some cases boxed in a little. Plus we had my nephews and my niece (she's really not a fan of my niece (a toddler) and while run the other way. She also didn't seem to be a big fan of my brothers new puppy and growled at him, though im not sure if she would have acted differently if there weren't so many people. But I think she's going to be the kind of dog that takes time to warm up to other dogs. In the end it was kind of a loose loose situation for her, but once every one left except for my aunt and uncle she came downstairs and was fine and calm.
Sawyer thankfully on the other hand was very happy to have a new playmate, once my brothers puppy got over the first meeting nerves it was rather fun to watch him play. Its funny with Maye being the way she is, it really makes me appreciate how far Sawyer has come. After the initial holly crap theres a bunch of people here now that weren't when I left, he did awesome. So that was at least a plus for the day.
 
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