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From: Callie (
Subject:         That makes me want to cry
Date: October 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm PST

In Reply to: rescue dog questions posted by Cindi on October 9, 2009 at 8:41 am:

Of COURSE a foster parent should be working on house-training and ALL KINDS of manners. The goal of fostering a dog should be to teach that dog what it needs to know to be successful in its forever home.

Was this part of an organized rescue group? I would FOR SURE report what you've said here to us.

It sounds like they simply denied the dog water rather than have to let it out. My dogs always have access to water IN their crate.

Now, it's not uncommon for a dog from a difficult beginning to be a "Hoover" with food (eating as fast as they can lest the food come up missing). Sometimes you have to get a bit creative -- like putting big rubber toys in the dogs bowl so they have to move them to get TO their food -- just to make them eat more slowly.

The **advantage** of having adopted a dog that has been fostered *should be* that the dog has been worked with. Not just housed in a crate.

Now I also know that foster homes are NOT perfect. In particular, my Billy the Venturin English Cocker Spaniel was actually abused at a foster home.

The people didn't intend to be mean -- but the woman also fosterd emotionally-handicapped children and she did NOT supervise adequately at all. And apparently a couple of her little girls (aged 4- 7 and I can promise you they were BLONDE) were apparently extremely cruel to him.

So much so that Billy would literally quake when confronted with little girls of that age/coloring before they even spoke a word. It took us about FOUR YEARS to desensitize him to that trauma. It was very sad.

You can re-train this dog -- but it will require patience. I hate to see people mis-use a crate in such a fashion. A crate should simply be a safe place for a dog to go. It's really not a good thing to use to try to house-train a dog.

In order to house-train, the dog needs to be leashed *to* you all the time you're home. There is just no substitute for watching the dog to see when it begins to sniff and try to find a place TO go and at that time take it outside to the place you've chosen for it to elminate.

Before you take him out, he needs to 'sit' at the door to ask to go out.

Even as he begins to get it -- leave the leash on him IN the house until you have a solid handle on his training. Don't let him bolt outside (nor even try) -- but rather, before anyone opens the door you have to make sure he's leashed AND "sitting" in preparation for being let out.

You may want to Google "Nothing In Life Is Free" training -- it is a marvelous help and they usually catch on pretty quick.

To answer your question -- NO that shouldn't happen. And I'd be telling the group you got him from what a terrible disservice this has been to THIS dog.

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