Thanks so much for leading me here. In this house with now 4 dogs, there has "never" been any question who the leader of the pack is. I have always advocated that to people that a dog is a pack animal and NEEDS a strong leader they can trust for food, safety, a warm place to sleep and so on, just like in nature. And oh is Daisy ever my shadow, quite frankly, because she is so small still, I trip over her and then of course feel bad. The more I read on the more I think that it might be a good idea if I build her an A frame like they use in agility. I have a huge fenced in yard and could actually set up a small agility course. I went back to the shelter yesterday to finish up some papers and found out that her Mom is actual a Yellow Lab, not black as I wrote. And I'll let you guess on the reason the litter was surrendered? Once again another pet owner who didn't fix their animal. It made me cry when I read on her sheet "Unwanted Litter". Also, the Vet who checked the puppies in under Daisy's exam notes it said " Little skinny". How sad! I keep food out all the time, my dogs are used to it and only Ellie my senior (and at her age I am willing to overlook it and hopefully so will you) is overweight, the rest eat as much as they need and then quit. And they only eat once a day, never taught them that, but that's what they do. Due to Gracie, my mini schnauzer having food allergies, the only food I can use is the one by Diamond without any by products. The shelter lady told me that it be ok for Daisy to eat the same, since it is virtually impossible to have seperate food, I've tried that before..LOL. What do you suggest I do to fatten her up, but I also don't want her gain the weight too fast, cause that is not good for her either. And no, none of my dogs get people food, I feel people food is for people and dog food for dogs. From her pictures you can tell she is very small, now that I have her exact b-day, but somehow I have a feeling that they are off by a month, I can't tell you why. Anyways, some lady on here suggested that she was removed too soon from her Mom and that she needs to be more "babied". You know those funny looking baby carriers they have that look like they are just an oversized scarf? Sort of like a cradle you tie around yourself to carry the baby as close to you as possible? I don't know what they are called, but a friend of mine gave me hers. My baby days are long over, my youngest is 25..lol.no baby carriers here. Anyways, I "try" to put her in it to carry her near me, but she won't have none of it. She wants to be able to walk where she wants to walk, which is right under my feet and if I fell that would be VERY bad since I have an implanted knee, but that's what she does. If I do carry her around a lot, I think it will cause issues with the other dogs and her. And I am sorry, but my dogs do not sleep in my bed, they are kenneled over night, which by the way was no issue at all with her. I think cause she can see the other dogs. So, right now we are working on the command "go to bed", which means go to your kennel. Only Ellie sleeps in the living room. Due to her age and the year she had health wise last year, I do cut her a lot of slack. Our vet doesn't think she will get to be much older then 12 and she is 10 now. I feel let her enjoy the time she has left. But back to Ms. Daisy, in order to teach her commands, I have to seperate her from the other dogs, which is fine, they can occupy themselves for a while, but how do you feel about the closeness thing? And the same lady pretty much told me that I was too concerned about her "mouthing" she is just a baby. But I feel that she will learn easier now, plus I don't want her to learn to "herd" all the people in the house in 1 room. Tell me this, how do I know she is "mouthing" due to teething or her instinct to herd? How do I tell the difference? This is important to me, cause I don't want to disipline her for doing something because she is trying to soothe an aching mouth. And is she too young to be putting peanut butter in a hard toy to get her to chew on it. Don't ask, I didn't start that, it was my husband and I am not very happy about it. My feeling is if they don't want to play with a toy then they simply don't play with it, but he went ahead and put PB in it. Of course they all went for it, to his amusement, that's why all the dogs are mine, not his. And none of them really listen to him, cause he is not the Alpha leader. Within the dog pack, You would think that Ellie is the Alpha, you could not be more wrong, actually it's Gracie, she is the leader. The only one who doesn't follow is Ellie, she is the proverbial loner, I think it is her age.
Anyways, if for now you could help me with those questions I would be as happy as a lark. I am sure there will be more questions later. I just want her to be a happy dog and live to her fullest potential. Thanks for letting me ramble on,