Willow (Ireland) - adopted

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Re: Tamaskan female - on hold for kerry1

Post by blufawn » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:41 pm

She looks a gorgeous girl, im so pleased you got her.
Sadly if she is a generation or two away from our Tamaskan, even if shes pure, a DNA profile may not be able to tell us.
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Re: Tamaskan female - on hold for kerry1

Post by Sylvaen » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:56 pm

CONGRATS on your new pup!! Willow is a lovely name! :D
She definitely looks pure to me but a DNA profile will be able to confirm it... I suspect she might be from Alba or perhaps Hebridean bloodlines. Her ears are totally normal for her age; though they seem large to you, they are well-within the limit and when she is an adult they will be much more in-proportion with the rest of her head / body. It sounds to me like she hasn't been properly trained / socialized and handled (lack of exercise and exposure to other animals).
kerry1 wrote:1. She walks between me and my other dog Gita if Gita comes looking for
attention, and sometimes bares her teeth and growls.
You must be firm. Anytime she does this, tell her NO, and then ignore her and give Gita attention instead. She will soon learn that it is not acceptable and won't get her anything. You can also use a spray bottle (filled with water) to squirt her once (immediately when she does something bad) - a metal can (filled with rocks) to shake also has the same effect. Depending on the dog, you'll soon find out which tool is more effective (some dogs actually enjoy being sprayed with water, so the shake can works better as the loud noise startles them) - my boy, Jasper, hates being sprayed with water so it is very effective for him. Of course, it means keeping either the can or the spray bottle (or spray gun) on-hand at all times, which can be a nuisance, but with practice she will soon stop that particular behavior and the tool will no longer be necessary. Neither cause pain but both are an effective negative 'punishment' that they soon learn to avoid - however, most importantly, always be certain to reward positive behavior with a tasty treat and plenty of praise. Some people ONLY use positive reinforcement (and ignore bad behavior) but I find the fastest results come when using both positive reinforcement and negative 'punishment' (you must never resort to physical punishment though, that only reinforces fear and can actually cause the dog to 'look down' on you - a real alpha boss never has to use physical force, it is all psychological.) Locking her away, as punishment, is not effective either - especially if she already suffers from separation anxiety, as that will only make the anxiety worse.
kerry1 wrote:2. She has desperate seperation anxiety if I leave the room or when I go to bed.
She has scratched away quite a bit of paint from the kitchen door where she
sleeps, and howls and cries. I've given her rescue remedy as I've seen suggested
here on the forum but to no avail.
Of all the issues, this will be the hardest to overcome. Tamaskan Dogs, being very pack-oriented, are naturally prone to separation anxiety. Most people begin training at a young age but it sometimes takes until 18 months old until a dog is fully comfortable to be left on its own. The problem with your case is that Willow has probably not had any training at all (being left on her own for a short time) or another possibility is she has just been without attention for most of her days as a puppy and now craves attention more than ever. Finally having an owner who is spending time with her means that time away from you is very difficult for her. Does she sleep with other dogs in the kitchen? or is she totally alone? Having a companion at night would definitely help. The main thing here is just to be firm... never go to see her in the night if she is making noise as that will only teach her that you will come running if she makes enough fuss (rewarding the bad behavior)... as soon as she has been quiet for a while, you can either go to see her (keeping really calm so she doesn't get all excited, which will just cause her to be upset when you leave again) or just wait and see if she will sleep through the night. If she keeps waking up and howling, then it's better to go see her when she is quiet; once she has learned that kitchen = bedtime = sleep through the night, then you won't have to visit her during the night at all. The key is to be firm and consistent. Spend some time each day leaving her alone when you leave the room... start just by leaving her alone for 30 seconds one day, then 1 minute the next, and gradually build it up to 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, etc. Always give her a toy to play with while you are gone and make sure not to rush it - the time apart has to be built up slowly so that she doesn't freak out (which will undo all the hard work thus far).
kerry1 wrote:3. When visiting my parents, I picked up the cat and she grabbed his leg from
behind and tried to pull him from me. She also tried chasing my Dad's cattle,
though it looked more like a game. I locked her in a kennel for an hour for
that, but that was five minutes after the deed, so I doubt she connected the
two. So she obviously has a high prey drive which is unfortunate.
It sounds like she has a high chase drive, though it seems that it is more a game to her than real 'prey' (kill) drive. Luckily she is still young and, with daily one-on-one training, she will soon learn what is acceptable behavior and what is not. For now, it is important to carefully and SLOWLY introduce her to the cattle and other animals - you can't rush things! Hopefully the other animals won't be too traumatized by their first encounters; you really have to build it up slowly, especially considering her background of limited interaction... she's only doing what comes naturally to her puppy mind. You must keep her on the leash around them (for now) and introduce her to them, a little bit each day, for them to sniff and say hello. They can get close to each other but any urge to lunge at them must be nipped in the bud with a very firm NO... it will require careful supervision but this is important socialization and they must not be 'forbidden' or 'off limits' to her or she will be even more curious about them... and they will fear her. If they are afraid, they will run, if they run, she will chase (what a fun game!!) That is why now, more than ever, she needs to spend time around them (carefully supervised, on leash, with you right there to intervene if necessary) - it won't be long until she knows they are 'friends' and she will learn not to chase or harass them.
kerry1 wrote:4. She barks at anyone that comes to the house, even my wife when she gets home
from work,which is a problem when customers come to the house with their dogs,
as she can look quite intimidating. So for the time being, she's not allowed
outside when I go out to meet someone. Once they are inside though, she is fine.
Though she will keep away from strangers and can't be persuaded to come over and
say Hi to them up close.
This is quite common Tamaskan behavior for people they regard as 'strangers' - she will soon stop doing it to your wife, and will greet her with a friendly 'welcome' bark / woooo instead. For people she doesn't know, the best solution is to use either the spray bottle or shake can (whichever works best, assuming at least one of the tools WILL work - I hope!) and then plenty of practice whenever someone new comes to the house (you could practice with family / friends, rather than customers or clients). Keep her on the leash and have people come up to the house, as soon as she is about to bark or at the moment she first starts, spray her with water or shake the can (in conjunction with a firm NO) - the moment she stops, give her a treat. It's a bit of a process to follow all the steps but it won't be long until she understands what she is being taught. As for saying hello to strangers... give THEM treats to give to her. She will be rewarded by them when she goes up to say hello and be petted - food is a great motivator for the breed and she won't need persuasion if they have something really delicious to give her. ;)

She's had a tough start to life so will require plenty of patience and understanding. At least she is finally at a safe home, out in the countryside with other dogs, living the life she deserves. :)
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Re: Tamaskan female - on hold for kerry1

Post by Katlin » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:02 pm

I'm so glad she now has someone that will take the time to help her sort out her issues. I'm sorry she has so many :( But I'm so happy for you!
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Re: Tamaskan female - on hold for kerry1

Post by TerriHolt » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:29 pm

i'm so pleased for her and for you that you did get her. it's also good to know you forgot to come back cuz you was spending time with her :P , sounds like she deserves it...
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Re: Tamaskan female - adopted by kerry1

Post by wicca1 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:10 pm

what a lovely girl willow is,i'v had similar problems with my girl lenka who we rehomed when she was a year old. we have to be quite firm with her and also we have had to do lots of socialisation with all sorts of animals (cows horses ect) and she does seem a lot calmer now.

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Re: Willow (Ireland) - adopted

Post by Rahne » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:54 pm

Any news from Willow?

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Re: Willow (Ireland) - adopted

Post by Sylvaen » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:58 pm

Woah... I just heard of a dog in Bosnia, who was found as a stray... who could be Willow's identical twin!!

Willow:

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Stray in Bosnia:

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I am going to try to find out more info about this stray dog and if it still needs a home, etc...

Here is another photo of the dog:

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Re: Willow (Ireland) - adopted

Post by HiTenshi16 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:54 pm

Wow, they do look like they would be the same dog :shock:
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Re: Willow (Ireland) - adopted

Post by Rahne » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:56 pm

Very nice dog :) I hope you can find out something more.

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Re: Willow (Ireland) - adopted

Post by Blustag » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:26 pm

Good Grief :shock: Wish I could pop around and check this out but sadly too far away.

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