Olive has been in the Rescue for a few months, re-couperating from what is thought to have been a Road Traffic Accident. She had her front right leg plated and all her cuts and abraisions have now healed. It was clear that she had been under-socialized and she was and is still quite scared of other dogs rushing at her.
Olive is going to be fostered from now on in Reading, Berkshire with Christine and her pack of two females and one male lurcher.
Here are a couple of photos to get the ball rolling for little Olive. And let's hope she finds that special home.
This is the condition she was in when she arrived with Casey in Colchester, who has done a wonderful job with her.
And the day before she left to join Christine in Reading.
Olive is gradually settling in here. She's obviously a bit confused and is following me around, but over the next few days she'll start to pick up on the routines and learn from my dogs. She's getting on well with my dogs: Daisy is keeping her in her place; Alice is playing rough with her; and Comet, well, he's just being chilled out Comet who occasionally goes a bit crazy.
As Casey has said, Olive is a very affectionate little girl and clearly had no proper socialisation when she was a puppy. She just doesn't know how to behave in so many situations. She has a lovely nature but needs to learn how to respond to dogs and humans. She's what I describe as "rude" - by which I mean that she has no malice in her - she wants to please but she just doesn't know how to behave because she was never taught "puppy manners" when she was young. The other really nice things about her are that she walks beautifully on the lead and she learns quickly.
I'll be working with her over the coming weeks and once she's become more socialised she's going to make someone the most loving companion. I'll post more updates as me and my dogs gradually work to help her learn how to fit in with a pack and not be so anxious about other dogs and humans. She's already showing signs of improvement - I can walk her on busy streets, together with Daisy, with lots of people and cars and she's only occasionally showing signs of mild anxiety.
She's been sitting with my in my Den while I work this morning
On Monday when I picked her up from Casey I stopped off at Dog Trouble where they have a paddock I could let her loose in. It was a good opportunity for me to see how she was off the lead but on a long line. Her recall was really good, despite only having been with me for a few hours. I thought she had somehow escaped at one point until I saw her little black ears sticking out over the top of the paddling pool where she was cooling off. She was very tentative about getting in at first so I just left her to it and eventually she climbed in and flopped down in the water and proceeded to wriggle around making lots of waves. She loved it - videos to follow.
Last Edit: Jul 21, 2016 12:34:28 GMT by redsnapper
Well, it's been all change for me this week. I was a bit sad to leave Casey, Ted and Zak on Monday. It was a bit frightening at first but it's great here now. I've moved in with Daisy (she's the boss), Comet (he's a real cool dude), and Alice (she's a bit crazy and great fun to play with). The Human warned me it would be what she calls a steep learning curve for me - not sure where this steep curve is as it's quite flat here, but I can tell you that TH is quite strict. She says she has to be because I've got lots to learn. I didn't realise that I'm being rude and TH says it's because I wasn't socialised when I was a young puppy.
Things I didn't realise were not acceptable:
Pushing past TH and the dogs when I want to go out a door
Trying to grab the other dogs food when they are given their food bowls
Not waiting my turn for a treat
Being food protective
Being toy protective
Being scared of cars
Barking at people
Barking at dogs when I'm on the lead
Things I've now learned
I wait my turn to be allowed to go through a door... even to go out into the garden. Daisy goes, first, then Comet, then Alice and I have to wait till last. It's not easy as I'm so keen to go out and I can't help hopping from foot to foot because I'm excited, but TH says I'm doing very well and I manage to wait my turn
I still get very excited when it's feeding time - I love my food - and I still hover by each dog as they are given their food bowl, but I don't try and push my nose into their bowls any more... I wait my turn. Not sure why I have to be last, but TH says that's how it has to be. I even sit and have learned to look at her before she says I can take the food.
I've learned I don't need to growl if one of the dogs comes near me when I have a treat. They are all very respectful and don't try and take my treat so I'm much more chilled when the treats come out and TH says she's very proud of me for waiting my turn and being calm about eating when the other dogs are close to me.
I'm also good about the toys as TH says we all have to share them. Daisy is a bit protective but when Daisy doesn't want you near the toy she's playing with and she says grrr, you don't argue... I know my place!!!
I'm a little bit better about going for walks where there are cars but they still scare me so TH says we'll have to keep working at this
I go for walks with Daisy, who is very calm about walking on streets where there are cars and lots of people which has helped me be more confident. I can walk on busy streets with lots of people and completely ignore them. I think this is a pretty big achievement.
TH says I'm doing really well considering I've only been here a week. I like it when she says I'm a good girl. It makes me jump on her on the sofa and lick her face. For some reason she doesn't seem to like this so I have to try and control my urge to cuddle her and smother her with kisses. When I lie next to her on the sofa she strokes me and tickles my tummy which is lovely so I think I'll stick to lying next to her and roaching rather than jumping on her.
TH says it's a shame I bark at other dogs as I obviously love being with Daisy, Comet and Alice, so she's going to help me be more calm and confident so I can see all dogs as friendly rather than being scared of them. I'm going to do my best to learn how I need to be. I'll update you next time on the ball work I've been doing and the "find it" game.
This is me asking you to send me your positive learning vibes to help me on my journey to find a forever home.
I've had a busy time since my last blog. The Human keeps me very busy because she says I need to learn rules, boundaries and limitations so we've been doing lots of training. TH says I'm doing very well and that I'm a very quick learner. I promised you that I'd show you one of the things I'm learning. It's called "find it". TH hides treats for me and I have to find them. The treats are really yummy... they're these little dried fish. I don't know what type of fish they are but they are tiny. They're crunchy so I like eating them and they smell good so they're easy to find. When TH lets me out into the garden to find them I follow the smell all the way along the route she's taken when she's hidden them. I don't think she realises how good my sense of smell is... I can smell where she's been with the fishes!
TH did a video of me to show everyone how clever I am. She says I'm not as good as Davie was but I'm getting there. At first I just looked around but now I go into mega-sniffing mode. Apparently it's good for me to use my nose as this means I'm being more dog! I like being more dog... I'm hoping it will help me be more confident with other dogs.
OK, I know this is what you've been waiting for all week, so here it is... my "find it" video. I bet you'll be impressed how I don't give up. I got a big cuddle when I found them all.