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bennyG19
04-10-2006, 08:29 PM
Hey everybody,
we picked up our first dog yesterday. she is a beautiful dog, as you can see here:
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0750.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0749.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0748.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0747.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0746.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0745.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0744.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0743.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0742.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0741.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0740.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0739.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0738.jpg

anyway, she won't sleep in her doghouse. the people we got her from let us have her doghouse that she slept in, but she doesn't get in it here. we put it up next to the house on some blocks to keep it off the ground a little, but she won't get in it. last night she slept in the yard curled up as cozy as can be. it was cold last night and i was worried about her, so tonight i moved the house near where she slept last night. she still doesn't get in it. i put some treats in it, she just got them out and ate them. i picked her up and put her in the house, petted her and told her how good she was doing, but as soon as i started to walk off she got back out of the house and laid down in her little spot. am i doing something wrong? am i over reacting? will she eventually get in it, or do some dogs just sleep in the yard?

jurneez
04-10-2006, 08:35 PM
Maybe she's just displaying a distaste for moving and that's her symbolic way of showing it. She'll grow fond of everything soon and snuggle up in it, providing the real reason isn't some other animal sprayed a scent in there.

j.

bennyG19
04-10-2006, 08:39 PM
we brought the house when we brought her from her old home, and no other critters were near it yesterday. i stayed outside with her the whole time until time to go to bed, and she never got near it. maybe she just doesn't like it and wants a new one. i wish they could talk. i'd love to know what my cat's thinking.

ADAMLSTL
04-10-2006, 08:43 PM
Hey everybody,
we picked up our first dog yesterday. she is a beautiful dog, as you can see here:
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0750.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0749.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0748.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0747.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0746.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0745.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0744.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0743.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0742.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0741.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0740.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0739.jpg
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/bennyG19/new%20doggy/DSCF0738.jpg

anyway, she won't sleep in her doghouse. the people we got her from let us have her doghouse that she slept in, but she doesn't get in it here. we put it up next to the house on some blocks to keep it off the ground a little, but she won't get in it. last night she slept in the yard curled up as cozy as can be. it was cold last night and i was worried about her, so tonight i moved the house near where she slept last night. she still doesn't get in it. i put some treats in it, she just got them out and ate them. i picked her up and put her in the house, petted her and told her how good she was doing, but as soon as i started to walk off she got back out of the house and laid down in her little spot. am i doing something wrong? am i over reacting? will she eventually get in it, or do some dogs just sleep in the yard?

Try putting a dirty T-shirt that you wore all day in the dog house... That can help a dog feel more relaxed/comfortable...:cool:

kissya
04-10-2006, 08:44 PM
My dog use to sleep on top of her dog house.:twisted:

ADAMLSTL
04-10-2006, 08:51 PM
My dog use to sleep on top of her dog house.:twisted:

Snoopy's B**ch?:shock: That is a dog term....:twisted:

MrBreeze
04-10-2006, 08:56 PM
Hey everybody,
am i doing something wrong? am i over reacting? will she eventually get in it, or do some dogs just sleep in the yard?

First off that's a pretty dog you have there ...what's her name?
I don't think your doing anything wrong.
For my second dog Nikki, my dad and I built this nice flat roof dog house out of scrap wood, complete with tar paper and shingles and carpet inside with rubbrer flaps for a door to keep the wind out. Wouldn't you know it ...he slept on top of that thing for aboput a week :? it was cold out too. Finally one day he must have gotten too cold and went inside. From then on that's where he stayed.
I think your new pup might just want to get used to her surroundings first before she feels comfortable enough to go inside her house. Give her time she'll come around.
Congrats and good luck.

ethos
04-10-2006, 08:57 PM
Your dog probably just needs a little time to get used to his/her new surroundings. At first my dog didn't like her cage. At first I thought, well that's understandable. Eventually she warmed up to it, now she even hangs out in there when I'm home and she doesn't 'have' to be in there.
Since you will probably come up with a lot more questions regarding dog raising/care I think you should check your library for Shelby Marlow's New Art Of Dog Training. This book helped me a lot when I was training my dog Lucy. Good Luck

bennyG19
04-10-2006, 09:05 PM
thanks for the help so far guys. her name was reece, but we are thinking about calling her skye. is it too late for that?
i took off my shirt, went out there, put it in the house and pet her for a while. she is still laying in the yard. i put a dog bed that i bought her today in the yard right beside where she's laying, but she's not moving. we took her to the park today and she had tons of fun. she had never been on a leash before, so it took some getting used to, but she learned fast. her old owners lived in a subdivision and had her in a small fence with two other dogs. they couldn't keep her in the fence and it's obvious the people in the neighborhood were unfriendly to her or probably hit her. she is very very shy. she is loving the farmlife so far though. she has plenty of room to run and stay out of trouble. i think she's adapting well, but i wish she'd get in that house.

MrBreeze
04-10-2006, 09:27 PM
thanks for the help so far guys. her name was reece, but we are thinking about calling her skye. is it too late for that?
.

I don't think so. I call my dog Moose all kinds of silly names and he listens to them all.
Matter of fact a friend of ours adopted from the ASPCA and I knew the dog before hand as Dutch. He was about two years old and our friend changed his name to Phoenix. He caught on quickly to his new name.

Skye is a nice name. Fits her crystal blue eyes.
Good Luck with the dog house. Maybe she wants a bigger one...hint:shock:

ethos
04-10-2006, 09:30 PM
Sounds just like Lucy, it had to be a year before I ever heard her bark. She was a shelter dog so I think she may have endured some of the same treatment. It took a week or so before I decided on a name for her too. The pound had named her Greta, which I didn't like at all. I went through a few names before I finally settled on Lucy and it seems to fit. Point is, I don't think your dog will suffer an identity crisis from the name change.

ADAMLSTL
04-10-2006, 09:47 PM
Sounds just like Lucy, it had to be a year before I ever heard her bark. She was a shelter dog so I think she may have endured some of the same treatment. It took a week or so before I decided on a name for her too. The pound had named her Greta, which I didn't like at all. I went through a few names before I finally settled on Lucy and it seems to fit. Point is, I don't think your dog will suffer an identity crisis from the name change.


My dog's name is Brutus but I also call him Boy just as much... He responds to both... This is the smartest Dog I ever had/worked with in my life... So I don't know how that applies.. You should be able to change the name.. Associate it with positive things with the new name like Praise..Lot's of it...:grin:

PugMom
04-10-2006, 10:31 PM
Ah, common Benny, let Skye sleep in your bed! That's what she really wants!!! LOL:D

Obi_the_dog
04-11-2006, 12:59 AM
Expensive patio furniture is what she needs !!

Here's a pic of me sleeping 5 feet away from the house my "master" (ha ! ) bought for me . . . I didn't go in it for a month :)


http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a246/box4rox/Dogs/obichair.jpg

hiker chick
04-11-2006, 07:07 AM
She looks like a sweetie.

My Samoyed, Gidget's, "house" is a crate a few feet from my bed with a beach towel draped over it.

She sleeps in it every night, all night.

Perhaps it's time for your pup to come into your house at night, especially as she gets older and arthritic.

They like to be with their pack. You're now her pack. Congrats on the new addition to your household.

:)

bennyG19
04-11-2006, 10:51 AM
good news. i don't know if it was the shirt or moving it, but when i got up this morning i didn't see her anywhere. i went outside and she came out of her house and had a good stretch then wanted to play a little. i guess she'll keep using it now.
problem #2: she chases my car out the driveway and all the way to the road, which is about 1000 feet or so. what can i do to stop this? somebody suggested an electronic shock collar. keep the remote in the car and shock her if she starts to chase. don't say no or anything like that, so that she thinks chasing the car results in a shock. i'm going to keep taking her to the park and other places where cars drive by so i can get her used to cars and not let her chase them. she actually didn't care about them at the park, but she has chased mine both mornings i've had her. any tips?

karma
04-11-2006, 11:00 AM
What a beautiful dog, I also used to put an old t-shirt I worked out in for a while so my dog could keep my smell near her in the dog house. It worked for me.

Karma

Miss Ellie & Co.
04-11-2006, 06:08 PM
This looks like a job for the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan. I don't even own a dog and I love watching his show on the National Geographic Channel. Amazing what this guy can do with dogs and thier problems. www.ngcdogwhisperer.com

bennyG19
04-11-2006, 08:09 PM
my wife actually figured out how to stop her from chasing my car. drive really slow. she was "chasing" me out the driveway. when i went to workout tonight i took the wife's advice and crept out the driveway. she followed for 50 feet or so, got bored, and laid down in the driveway. i knew i married her for a reason :) .

meant2bfarm
04-28-2006, 08:50 PM
That's because she wants to sleep in THE house. Any particular reason she can't sleep inside the family house? She's a very cute doggie!