The housebreaking is going good. She went to the door last night for the first time. We have had her two weeks tomorrow. I am a little worried that her previous owners would hit her when she did something wrong. Yesterday I caught her squatting to pee and jumped up saying "NO," and she took off and hid. She has done this since day one. It is hard to convince her to come out of hiding so that I can take her outside. She crawls under a couch or under my king sized bed. I can move the bed to get her out because it is a soft-side. So, she doesn't come out until I am completely out of sight. Which means she releaves herself on my carpet.
this will probably take some time, especially if she was always yelled at with the previous owner. be patient, and when she realizes that you are there to love her and teach her she should come around. good luck.
Ohhhh that is soooo sad. Poor little thing. I really take my hat off (well, if I had one on) to all you people that adopt rescue dogs and abused dogs etc and show them what love really is. It mustn't be easy for you....seeing your Dal scared like that must be heartbreaking.
keep a leash on her when she is in the house. that way you can grab or step on the leash so she cannot get away from you also you might want to not use the word no and change it to a word like bad. or really any other word would do since they do not understand english just association with words.
She is also afraid of leashes and riding in the car. She has chewed through 3 new leashes since I brought her home. I don't want her to become more afraid. I have 4 small children and am concerned about fear biting. I have been trying to train her to pee on command. I think I will stick to that and hope for the best until she feels safe. Any further advice would be nice. I have never owned a dog that was not completely confident. My Lhasa thinks she is the queen of the world. So, this is quite a switch for me. She listens very well most of the time. I just don't want to scare her.
Sorry to hear about your poor pup....yes, she may well have been abused. She's certainly behaving as though she were. One of our Golden Retrievers, named Sadie, came to us at the age of 15 months from a rescue. She was very ill (intestinal worms, tapeworm, fleas, a tick, and a grotesque otitis), and it took a few weeks to nurse her back to health. She's now a hale, hearty, beautiful girl who fits right in with all the other animals. Our "Sadie Lady" as we call her has a mind of her own! We suspect she was physically abused....that first month, every time I'd try to even touch her face, she'd cower and shut her eyes tight. She was wary of my husband. Any harshness in our voices devastated her and made her run for cover. And she had a terrible separation anxiety. She would bark and cry if I even left the room...she was having panic attacks. I worked with her every day, and my every move was aimed at building her trust. I had to prove to her that I was worthy. I have never hit her (except for a pop on the nose one time when she put her teeth on me). I don't speak harshly to her, ever. Even my "NO!" is tempered more quiet than I'm used to. Getting her to respond to "Come" was difficult. I'm fairly certain that her previous owner used the come command to call her so he could punish her. I began a process of just calling her to me for no reason, but petting her and fussing on her, and giving a little treat once in a while. She's learning to associate coming to me with pleasurable things. Especially belly rubs! The come command is still not 100% solved, but it's getting better. Now, if I call her to me, sometimes she still looks at me with wary eyes, as if she's thinking about her past. But then she'll break into a dead run to me, cause she knows it's "time for luvin'" (and treats!). A couple of nights ago (after 4 months it's about time!) we had a breakthrough. She was sitting with me on the lounger, and I kissed her muzzle. She leaned over and kissed me on the nose...the first time she'd done that. My husband was amazed! I kissed her again, and she kissed me back. We did that for several minutes. It was a precious experience. Just be persistent. Dogs are smart creatures, and I believe they know more about our emotions than we realize. They know who loves them. And to me, there's nothing more precious than seeing my dog's big brown eyes looking at me with loving trust. It makes an ordinary day extraordinary!
I do believe most of this will be settled by giving her time to udjust to a loving family. She is super soft and gentle with my little ones. From what I have read this is not a dalmatian trait. She is not as boisterous as I expected. In a way I like this and in another way it makes me feel sorry for her. She is still young (5 mos) So, I don't believe this will be a long term problem. I am just so accustomed to my "take-no-bull" Lhasa Apso. She does cower when I pet her on the head. I have started giving her food treats when I am patting her. She really is uneasy when I get the leash out. For the first couple of days I kept her on a leash fulltime. She has settled quite a bit from day one. It has been two weeks now. I am being patient, but I really would like to see her adjust. My biggest worry is that she may fear bite one of the kids while hiding after being told not to pee on the carpet. I do try to keep an eye on this, but there are 4 of them and I do only have 2 eyes.