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Just got home with him a bit ago. He's been briefly introduced to the 2 that are already here. So far so good.

He's a little one! Weighs less than 13 lbs. Tri color. He goes to the groomers tomorrow and then to be neutered on Wed. He's 5 years old. The owner had 5 shelties. I am fostering one.

My first foster so I hope I don't do anything too wrong. He ducks when I reach to pet him like someone has hit him. But he comes when called and he doesn't move away, he lets me pet him so I don't know.

He's going to be absolutely stunning when he's groomed and prettied up. His hair is pretty much a mess at the moment. I brushed some but this needs more than I can do.
 

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Good luck with him, he sounds a babe, although it seems a bit sad that he ducks down :(
 

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Pictures for sure.

It could be that he's "protecting" his ears. The flies chewed them up something awful and they're going to require some serious care. I've been quite careful not to touch them. I'm going to leave that to the groomer and hope she can do him some good. Then I can do the follow up work, I hope.

He's been my little velcro baby this evening. Stayed very close to me all evening. I just hope all 3 of the boys sleep all night and don't decide to have a war in the middle!
 

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Snoop is so little he doesn't even come to the top of the recliner seat

I don't know how to put pictures up here so if someone wants to do that, I'd appreciate it.

He's now been groomed and neutered. He's such a good boy! I call him my Velcro baby because he's always right next to me on the floor.

When I picked him up (an hour away), he cried, screamed, howled, yodeled, whined and other strange noises that I have never heard from a dog before....all the way home. The groomer and vet told me he did all the above for 2 days while he was getting "overhauled". I was really worried that this might be something he did a lot of.Thank God, it isn't. He just hates the crate, the cage and didn't even want me to put him in the utility room at night with the door closed. No confinement for this baby!

He hasn't made a single peep since he got home last night other than a couple of groans when he lays down. I think that's from the neutering. I'd probably groan too!
 

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Thank you! He's just learning about treats. He wasn't real sure about them at first. But he's learned that if he watches the big boys and they do it, then it's ok for him too. He's so funny.

And I confess. If one baby gets a treat, they all do. I break them into little bites so they're not getting a lot but they do get them often.

He's getting easier with us. Not so skittish.

And he's STILL my Velcro baby. lol
 

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Thank you!

My Velcro baby has diarrhea. :( MEGA MASSIVE I just cleaned the rugs again diarrhea.

I gave him some pumpkin awhile ago and we've had one massive blow out since so I'm hoping that will be the last one.

And thank you to the Hoover company for making a good carpet cleaner. *sigh*

It's so nasty hot and humid that he doesn't want to go outside. Period. I took him out 4 times this morning to no avail. Only to have the latest blow out on the rug.

We're not doing well in the potty training dept. And I CANNOT put him in a crate. He makes noises I've never heard before let alone from a dog! Screaming, crying, howling, yodeling, other strange noises....that all end as soon as he's out of the crate. Oh...same noises occur if I close the door and leave him in the utility room.

I can't stand them. So crating and closing in the laundry room are not options. :(

Since I can't get him to poo outside, there hasn't been any opportunity for praising him like he just won the gold medal at the Olympics. :(

Ideas welcome!!!!

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Yes, I would! But I can't promise that I'll follow through with them if he gets really loud again.

He literally sounds like he's being skinned alive and I can't take much of that!

I even told the Pres of the Rescue that if he continued it, I wouldn't be able to handle it. Luckily, he quit as soon as he was uncrated!

However, I will listen attentively and see if we can make some progress with it! AND I will be very appreciative!

Also I think the pumpkin may be working. Thank goodness!!!!

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It sounds like he has severe separation anxiety poor baby, which could also be why he is a 'velcro' baby.
 

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well basically crate = scaryscary im gonna die. You need to change the association to Crate= awesome. This can take a while, so don't give up and get frustrated.

Start feeding is meals as close to the crate as he'll get. If hes kosher with that already you can skip to the second step. Sit on the floor and toss his whole meal, one kibble at a time on the floor near the crate...then try tossing a few inside the crate (just barely) play this game for several days until its second nature for him to go inside (no matter no slightly)

Once hes comfortable begain feeding him in the crate. Door open. Do that for a few days. When you feel hes ready start closing the door more and more while he eats in the crate.

Once hes eating whole meals in the crate with the door closed you can start working on the amount of time...and when you get to that point let me know and i'll walk you through it. :)

Key is never force him into it and with som' dogs it takes a while for them to change their minds.



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My dog has pretty bad separation anxiety too. How do you help them cope?

you have to very slowly help them understand its ok to be alone.

You might start with closing a door for a half second and then popping back in before they can react and giving them a treat.. repeat 100 times (lol not at once) eventually building up to leaving the room for hours at a time.

Or if say the jingle of your keys signals your leaving, just randomly go get your keys and jingle them but don't leave. So the keys loose meaning. :)



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you have to very slowly help them understand its ok to be alone.

You might start with closing a door for a half second and then popping back in before they can react and giving them a treat.. repeat 100 times (lol not at once) eventually building up to leaving the room for hours at a time.

Or if say the jingle of your keys signals your leaving, just randomly go get your keys and jingle them but don't leave. So the keys loose meaning. :)
Thank you. Now what do I do when I have her in the car and go into a store really quick? She barks like crazy so I don't take her with me much.
 

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Thank you! I'm going to work on that but am going to wait a day or so.

We just got back from the vet. I have cleaned carpets 3 x today. LOTS of carpet. He walks while he poos so he leaves a long trail. *sigh*

He got a shot, some goop in his mouth and some meds to take for 10 days. Doc said his little belly is just rolling and rolling so this should help that. I know that's due to the fact that he's getting good food for the first time probably. His little system is just not used to is.

I went through the same thing with my own Sheltie, Scotty and continue to go through it any time there is any kind of food change.

We also had a T4 done on him for his thyroid. He itches the same places Scotty does. No other symptoms but Doc said he might just be starting to need meds.

Oh and I didn't put him in the crate, just put him in the van and he didn't make a sound. It's definitely the crate. Must have been something horrible that happened to him in one!

I can leave the house and he's ok. No crying. Unlike my own Scotty, who pitches a fit when we leave. But it's just for drama because we don't get 3' down the sidewalk and he's quit already. :)

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