so we got a new foster yesterday, she is 2 about 30 pounds overweight and very OCD. We are starting a diet of green beans with cutting back on her kibble. She paces and will sit next to you and just lick and lick. I think she probably didn't get much if any attention and thinks we should just lavish attention on her all the time. She is doing well with our gang, but doesn't play much yet. Also don't think she was ever taught any manners, don't jump on ppl, leash walking, etc. any advice on how to deal with her and get her ready to be adopted would be appreciated. I see a good dog in there just not sure how to bring it out ............. thanks in advance
here are a couple of pics of her
Thanks for helping her ! OCD seems difficult to me to resolve and perhaps time to adapt is the answer. Could it be that diverting her attention to a toy would do the same thing as it would for nipping as a pup ? Perhaps a kong with PB ?
Lot's of exercise and affection but that's just teaching you to suck eggs.
she is actually doing a little better today. able to lie on the sofa and not pacing quite as much. she was staying in a kennel in a garage about 8x10 and with a doggy door out to a 6x8 space for pottying. not sure how long since she had been in a house with ppl.
Poor girl ! Thanks again for helping her !
She is a pretty girl! I bet with time and patience she will be fine. It has to be really hard on these dogs that have not yet found their forever homes. It is awesome that you are taking care of her!
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Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
The pacing and licking could easily be stress from the recent change in her environment. They might subside in time.
A couple things I would suggest;
Don't use treats as rewards, you can use a toy or pieces of her normal kibble as a reward.
Make her work for her food, don't just set a bowl full of kibble down and let her have at it. You can use mental or physical exercise but let her earn it.
While the initial urge to lavish all kinds of attention on her may be overwhelming for you, don't start something you won't be able to maintain. Consistent levels of attention and house rules she needs to abide by will go a lot further enabling her to feel safe, settled, protected and loved.
Here is a great site with tried and true methods for dogs to lose some weight Weight Loss for Dogs
You're to be commended for helping this dog!
I have a girl who was basically kept the same way (up until I got her last spring) and acted the same way. Be patient and give her plenty of love, but set boundaries and start obedience work today. If she doesn't already, start with sit and sit stays (for petting, getting food, coming in/out of crate, house, car, etc...) and work on a down stay (in house so she's not under you all of the time). Shell come around
Yes^The pacing and licking could easily be stress from the recent change in her environment. They might subside in time.
I bet her behavior will improve as she spends more time with your dogs. She will learn when she sees them respond to your commands and be rewarded with praise.
She's so pretty! Bless you for helping her.