Suuuuuper Neeeeedy Puppy

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A little background...

Ghost is a relatively new addition to our furmily as of August.

He is a shelter rescue via some friends. Our friends usually adopt poodles because the lady is allergic to terriers. They brought Ghost home, as he looks like a Poodle-Bischon mix. However, there must be some terrier in there, because our friend started reacting. They didn't want to take him back to the shelter, as he had already been through the system twice. Taking him back would have been a third strike on him. So we agreed to take him in.

Ghost is guesstimated at 8 years old. Super sweet, playful, good with the cats... maybe because he's also half blind with cataracts.

Thing is, he is sooooooooo needy!
If he does not sense the presence of a person in the house, he will bark, whine, and howl up a storm.
He has especially attached himself to me. If I move, go upstairs, to the kitchen, to the bathroom... wherever, he is instantly out of his bed and following me underfoot. And it is literally under my feet, because remember, he's half blind. I swear this dog is gonna kill me. I told my husband, "Honey, if you find me on the floor of the kitchen with a knife in my eye, the dog did it."

I completely understand where his anxiety stems from. Being through the shelter system had to have been traumatic. Also, by his behavior, we suspect that he was an only dog for a while, and spoiled rotten. He is getting better with some commands, but he still exhibits a bit of jealousy with the cats, and bouncy-jumps like Pooh's friend, Tigger, when it comes to meal times.

We are working on his anxiety and boundaries. I just hope I live through the process, because it's sloooooow going.

Are there human sized "companion animal" vests? Because I've apparently become one.
 
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We are actually doing several things in that article.

I've put up a baby gate for the downstairs area. I will close the gate at random times to get him used to the idea of being in separate rooms. It's helping... slowly.

We've also finally gotten him to sleep in the kennel... in our room, but in the kennel. This is progress, as the kennel had a negative association from the shelter, he used to avoid it like the plague. Having him sleep in the kennel will allow us to stay with my uncle when we visit for Christmas, as he does not generally allow animals in the house (Ghost will stay out with the other dogs during the day).

I can't leave a treat toy for him, because the cats will take it away.
Our stereo system is kaput, so no music when we leave.

I do ignore him when I leave and come back. My away times are usually only a couple hours at a time, but he is always waiting at the door. I ignore him for a few minutes, then tell him to go back to his bed. When he gets to his bed, I'll wait a minute to make sure he stays, then I'll go to him and give him praises. He's getting the idea.... sloooooowly.

I give him plenty of play time when I'm home. He's got two squeaky stuffies that he loves. We'll play tug, then I'll give them a toss and let him find them. Remember, he's half blind, so he will often walk right past the toy a few times before he finds it. He's very proud of himself when he does, lol.

The underfoot thing, though... ugh! At least he's finally getting the idea that he goes up or down the stairs before me. Otherwise, he would seriously trip me and I'd be dee eee dee, dead.
 

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I have 3 dogs who go berserk when we leave and come home. When nobody is in the house, the neighbors would tell us that our dogs have been crying. It does not help that there are the 3 of them. LOL.

Anyway, you are doing a good job. Adopting a half-blind dog may have its difficulties, but the rewards are also much greater. I am sure he is grateful that you took him in, forever safe in your home.
 

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I had a dog like that once (before Izellah - still miss Mordecai).

He would follow me everywhere. He had to he right by my side or else he would bark, scream, whine all night. We took him to a trainer and she quickly identified it as a confidence issue. His old owner used to baby him a lot so he never really got a chance to explore and face us to things that made him uncomfortable. Over time, his uncomfortablness turned into lack of confidence and eventually, the lack of confidence turned into aggression.

I had to set boundaries for him and they were working. I stopped him from sleeping in my room (never on my bed, he had his own). I bought a play pen off of Amazon and kept him in the living room. He cried for several nights but it eventually calmed down. We were also fostering a dog at one point and sleeping with her gave him more confidence to be on his own.

Hope that was helpful in some way.
 
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yah... the sleeping in the bedroom is something I've considered trying to change. But the cats are allowed to sleep with us, so it might seem alienating to him if the whole "pack" is sleeping in the "den", but he is not. :dunno:

Right now it seems like there are so many issues to try and deal with, I feel like I have to pick my battles, even if that means the next battle might be harder (because he's been "allowed").

Our first battle has been not rewarding the barking at the door when he's outside. He only barks to be let back in the house (with us). That is a tough one, because it is getting colder, so we want to let him back in, but we don't want to reward the behavior. We are making him sit/laydown before we let him in the house. Hoping that catches on soon!
 
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Got a call from mom today.

She wants me to adopt a puppy... "for her"
Keep in mind that mom lives a good 350 miles away.
She wants me to take a puppy home when I come for Christmas visit.

A PUPPY....

Hubby and I talked about possibly getting another dog as a companion for Ghost... but I do not think a hyperactive, corgie-jack russel mix, 4 month old puppy is the answer... :runaround: :doh:
 

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Got a call from mom today.

She wants me to adopt a puppy... "for her"
Keep in mind that mom lives a good 350 miles away.
She wants me to take a puppy home when I come for Christmas visit.

A PUPPY....

Hubby and I talked about possibly getting another dog as a companion for Ghost... but I do not think a hyperactive, corgie-jack russel mix, 4 month old puppy is the answer... :runaround: :doh:
AGREE, puppy not the best choice! Bless you for saving this sweet boy and bless your friends for not wanting to take him back to the shelter. Glad you posted photos, I was going to ask for some. Would love some more with him and the cats. Can anything be done for the cataracts? Keep up the great work, he'll come around slowly but surely. :vibes::vibes::vibes::vibes::vibes::heartshape::rock:
 

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As someone who currently owns a puppy, I do not recommend a puppy to anyone who doesn't have the time or patience. You will spend the first year or two questioning why you thought it was a good idea to get a puppy in the first place. I've had puppies (and I know people who have had puppies) and I've had adult dogs in my life and I can say that some adult dogs are more established in a way that makes them easier to handle. I won't say "most" because that is not the case everywhere but yeah... definitely if you're not already a fan of children, a puppy is not the way to go.
 
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It's not so much that I don't have the patience, 'cause I've done the puppy thing, but a matter of a puppy not fitting in with the rest of the household.
Ghost is hyper sensitive and needy
Loki is the ol' man, with kidney issues
Kitsune is a freeway rescue who has barely enough tolerance for the other two
A puppy, let alone a corgie-jack mix, is just not a good fit for the group dynamic right now.
And, honestly, I don't think I would ever voluntarily take a jack russel terrier... they are just too hyperactive even as adult dogs.

As it turns out, though, the current owners have decided to tough it out and give the puppy more time.
whew! *dodge*
 

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I had a JRT years ago. He was the most hyper dog ever.

We used to go on hour+ long walks everyday twice a day and he would rest for 30 minutes after we came back and be destructive again.

I don't even know if the most active of human beings can handle them. They do better on farms which is where my guy ended up and he's doing better.
 
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Well, Christmas break at my uncles was definitely challenging.

Ghost howled and yowled and barked up a storm all day long... for a week. There were a few quiet periods, but even my uncle's neighbors (who hosted Christmas lunch) were wondering what was up.

My uncle kept trying to tell me that Ghost only barked when I was around, but I know for sure that's not exactly true. Every night, we'd take Ghost with us when we gave my mom a ride home, and we'd come back to my uncle crashed out in the living room. One night, we left Ghost in the kennel in the garage with the other dogs. That night, uncle was in the back bedroom. I'm pretty sure it's because Ghost complained about being stuck outside with the JRTs (who he did not really care much for).

Ugh! Ghost got so dirty being stuck outside in the dog run. It was all dirt packed, no grass, and it rained... so, mud. I ended up scheduling a grooming appointment for literally before we hit the road. I did not want to spend 5 hrs driving with a dirty dog in my car.

Ghost is not a fan of getting groomed.
I'm sure he thought it was the worst vacation ever. lol
 
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